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.

Garfield Park & North Lawndale »

August 28, 2014

Police Cmdr. Put Gun in Man's Mouth, Threatened to Kill Him: Prosecutors

Cmdr. Glenn Evans also stuck a Taser to the victim's groin during the incident, prosecutors said.

Pilsen, Little Village, Near West Side »

August 28, 2014

CPS Safe Passage Marks Five-Year Anniversary With $10 Million Expansion

Gov. Pat Quinn added $10 million in state funding to bring the number of workers to nearly 2,000.

Beverly & Mt. Greenwood »

August 26, 2014

Jackie Robinson West Is 'America's Team,' but Also Chicago's, Says Rahm

"It's not about politics, it's about what they've achieved," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Bridgeport, Chinatown & McKinley Park »

August 26, 2014

Ald. Balcer Confirms He's Stepping Down, Insists Decision Is His Own

The 17-year 11th Ward alderman and Vietnam vet said he's dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

August 25, 2014

Dyett Protesters Say CPS is Urging Students to Abandon School

Dyett High School was scheduled to close at the end of the upcoming school year.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

August 19, 2014

Mental Health Clinics Should Be Reopened, Activists Say

City Council progressives called for additional funding for mental health at a committee hearing.

Wicker Park & Bucktown »

August 7, 2014

Studio Gang's New HQ Near Polish Triangle Gets Chicago Landmark Status

The Landmarks Commission moved to protect the Polish National Alliance Building and grant a tax break.

Uptown & Andersonville »

August 7, 2014

Former Nick's Uptown Building Granted Landmark Status

The facade of the Egyptian Revival-style former Cairo Supper Club building will be protected.