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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September 16, 2014

Rahm Tells Jimmy Fallon Time To Pay Up and Bring 'Tonight Show' to Chicago

Jimmy Fallon promised to bring his show to Chicago if students exceeded their reading challenge.

Garfield Park & North Lawndale »

September 16, 2014

Rahm Vows To Help Get All Homeless Veterans Off Streets By 2015

The federal government will pay most of the $5 million annual cost of the program.

Bronzeville & Washington Park »

September 11, 2014

Dyett Seniors Demand Fair Treatment, Restored Resources

Dyett High School supporters said they'd met with a sympathetic Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but nothing changed.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

September 11, 2014

Should Sleep-Deprived Teens Get Later CPS Start Time? Hearings Sought

Ald. Margaret Laurino submitted a resolution calling for hearings on the issue.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

September 10, 2014

Rahm Expands Curfew to Anyone Under 18, Unmoved by Effect on H.S. Seniors

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said it was to bring the city in line with the state definition of a minor.

Uptown & Andersonville »

September 10, 2014

City Unveils Law to Solve 'SRO Crisis,' But Some Fear 'Dangerous Precedent'

Converting SROs to market rate housing could come with heavy fees if the law is passed.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

September 9, 2014

Aldermen Seek New Fees, Restrictions on Fuel Tanker Trains

The Finance and Transportation committees pushed for stiffer federal regulations.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

September 9, 2014

Universal Pre-K Pushed by Progressives, Neighborhood Groups

Neighborhood groups joined aldermen in calling for day care for all Chicago children.