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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

Police captain talks of getting shot at standoff: Next time I'll duck better 12/18/2014
Pinned down in a hallway as a fugitive fired off shots, Chicago police Capt. Edward Kulbida needed to warn other officers of the firefight, but the reception for his police radio was limited.

A look at plans for Chinese developer's massive skyscraper on Chicago River 12/18/2014
Something was missing Wednesday when city officials unveiled drawings of a Chinese developer's plans for a massive, mixed-use skyscraper along the Chicago River: the 89th floor.

Father of 3 slain on way home from work: 'We were supposed to get presents and put up the tree' 12/18/2014
Donatello Herrera was rushing home from his late shift, planning to spend the day catching up on Christmas, when the father of three was gunned down on the street for no reason police can figure out.

Former Park Ridge tutor found with child pornography 12/18/2014
A former tutor for middle school and high school students has been arrested after police said they found more than 1,000 images of child pornography.

Proposed NCAA concussion settlement denied by federal judge 12/18/2014
A federal judge has denied a proposed class action settlement between the NCAA and former college athletes who claim to have suffered long-term harm from concussions, saying he was concerned about the fairness of the agreement.