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Liam Ford
Reporter/Writer
My Role

I'm a reporter and sometime rewrite at the Tribune's Breaking News Center. We keep an eye on breaking stories, take quick information on breaking stories from reporters in the field and watch out for what our competition knows that we don't--but should.
My Biography

I'm a native of Chicago's Austin neighborhood, and now live on the Far North Side with my wife and two children. I've been at the Tribune since early 1998 and with the Breaking News Center since late 2008. From March 1998 to early 2001 I worked mostly with Tribune columnist John Kass and earned the nickname "Slim." From 2001-2004 I covered the renovation of Soldier Field as part of my beat reporting on the Chicago Park District; my book on the history of the stadium, "Soldier Field: A Stadium and Its City," was published in October 2009. Before coming to the Tribune, I was a reporter, rewrite and sometime radio news editor with the legendary City News Bureau of Chicago for several years; I started my career as a reporter at the Montgomery Advertiser in Montgomery, Alabama. My family's been in Chicago since at least 1857. I'm the eldest of eight siblings.
My Interests

I read and write about history and politics. Much of my free time is spent with my wife and kids at various Chicago parks and museums. As part of my interest in Chicago history, I sometimes take photos of buildings that are about to be torn down, and I collect old photographs of Chicago buildings. I keep bees.
My Recent Articles

Lady Gaga, Vince Vaughn take icy lake plunge for Special Olympics 3/1/2015
Vince Vaughn plunged first and emerged, dripping with icy Lake Michigan water. But it was the sudden appearance of another star who turned heads and had spectators whispering "Is that really her?"

White Sox great Minnie Minoso dies: 'God bless you, my friends' 3/1/2015
The family of Minnie Minoso is thanking fans and friends for all the "kind expressions of concern, sympathy and compassion" after the White Sox great died Sunday morning.

Police release photos of suspect in shooting of boy, 16 3/1/2015
Police have released surveillance photos of a suspect in his teens wanted for shooting a 16-year-old boy in the back last month in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side.

Police search for missing mom, 16, and baby son 3/1/2015
Chicago police are searching for a 16-year-old mother and her 7-month-old son after the two disappeared from a relative's home on the West Side.

Embattled new Highland Park superintendent resigns before she begins 3/1/2015
The embattled new superintendent for Highland Park and Deerfield high schools has requested to be released from her contract, according to an email sent to staff of Township High School District 113 over the weekend.