Ted Cox

Reporter/Producer @tedcoxchicago tcox@dnainfo.com

Ted Cox circled the city working for Star Publications, the Daily Southtown and the Daily Herald before finally landing downtown to cover City Hall and politics for DNAinfo Chicago. He has lived in the city for 30 years and in the Chicago area from the age of 8.

An award-winning columnist, critic, news reporter and sportswriter, Cox has covered everything from tax-increment-financing districts, media ownership consolidation and the first Blagojevich trial to the Jordan-era Bulls, Steppenwolf Theatre and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

For 25 years, Cox wrote "The Sports Section" for the Chicago Reader; a collection of those columns, "1,001 Days in the Bleachers: A Quarter Century of Chicago Sports," will be published in March by Northwestern University Press. During that time, his straight gigs included writing "rip & read" broadcast news at United Press International; features copy editor, features writer and film critic at the Southtown; and TV/radio columnist at the Herald, where in the last two years he served as the paper's "man downtown," covering everything from Mayor Daley to Lollapalooza.

Cox has also written several children's book on sports and music figures such as Frank Thomas and Whitney Houston. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He believes that, the Bears to the contrary, politics is actually the city's most popular sport.

Fun fact: Cox has taken part in The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop poll of music critics since 1983.

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January 30, 2015

Mayoral Contenders Go at It Again, Rahm Put on Defensive

The five candidates for mayor had their second of five scheduled debates, but the tone remained civil.

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January 29, 2015

Rahm Touts Construction Plans, Union Benefits in Campaign Stops

Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke on infrastructure at the City Club, followed by picking up union endorsements.

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January 29, 2015

Ald. Rey Colon DUI Stop Video Emerges After Not Guilty Ruling

The video shows the 35th Ward rep taking a field sobriety test last summer. 

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January 28, 2015

Chuy Chides CPS Board of Education Over Bias Suit

Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia charged CPS has "dug in your heels" on a federal lawsuit.

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January 28, 2015

Huntington's Disease Documentary Screens at Columbia College

Lucy Walker's short film "The Lion's Mouth Opens" examines a curious disease.

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January 27, 2015

Mayoral Contenders Measured in First Debate

The first of five mayoral debates was held before the Chicago Tribune editorial board.

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January 27, 2015

CPS Won't Demand Students' Social Media Passwords Despite New Law

A new law against cyberbullying has led some Illinois districts to compel the surrender of passwords.

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January 26, 2015

Council Watchdog Rips Plan to Join Inspector General Offices as 'Pandering'

Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan called Ald. Michele Smith's proposal "feeble and unreasoned."