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.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

July 25, 2014

Watchdog to Probe Red-Light Cameras, at Rahm's Request

Inspector General Joseph Ferguson announced he'll look into irregularities with the system.

Garfield Park & North Lawndale »

July 24, 2014

Fistfight Between 14-Year-Olds Led to Shamiya Adams' Death, McCarthy Says

Tevin Lee, 18, is accused of fatally shooting Shamiya Adams, 11, authorities said.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

July 24, 2014

Mayor Cheers New Green Space at 150 N. Riverside Groundbreaking

The mayor and Ald. Brendan Reilly touted a 1.5-acre public park that's part of the project.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

July 24, 2014

Graffiti Fines More Than Doubled by Chicago City Council Committee

"Helen Keller can see that graffiti is a cancer on the city," said Ald. Michael Zalewski.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

July 23, 2014

Aldermen Attack Synthetic Marijuana, Move to Make Ban Easier to Enforce

Ald. Matthew O'Shea called it "pretty strange stuff" and said it had led to kids' deaths.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

July 23, 2014

BYOB Crackdown Aimed at Pool Halls, Barbershops Moves Forward in City Hall

The moratoriums would apply to pool halls, barbershops, nail shops and other city businesses.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

July 23, 2014

Policy Giving CPS Grads Preference in City Hiring Riles Some Firefighters

But the fire union president said a compromise could be reached before the upcoming firefighter exam.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

July 22, 2014

Aldermen Agree Not to Employ Those on City's 'Do-Not-Hire' List

Ald. Patrick O'Connor said there was never any widespread City Council resistance to the reform.