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 »

October 20, 2014

Police Force Will Not Grow in 2015, Rahm's Budget Director Says

Budget Director Alexandra Holt said police staffing would remain steady at about 9,700 beat officers.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

October 17, 2014

City's First Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Gain Permits, but One Left Out

Ald. Edward Burke asked a zoning hearing to be postponed as three other dispensaries gained approval.

Logan Square & Humboldt Park »

October 16, 2014

Field's Warehouse Redevelopment OK'd, Grocer Pursued as 'Major Anchor'

Ald. Ray Suarez (31st) called it an "exciting new project on the Northwest Side."

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

October 15, 2014

Rahm Says 2015 Budget 'Touches Every Part of the City'

But critics attacked it as "election-year fluff" with no real content.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

October 14, 2014

Chicago's Ten Most Dangerous Intersections for Pedestrians

The Active Transportation Alliance has launched a pedestrian-safety campaign.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

October 14, 2014

Rahm To Double Pothole-Filling Budget, Fix Streets Year Round

So far in 2014, city crews have filled more than 750,000 potholes.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

October 13, 2014

Rahm Boosts Bike Cop Budget, Says Mobile Officers 'More Approachable'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel scheduled his annual budget address for Wednesday.

Back of the Yards & Brighton Park »

October 13, 2014

Smith Bros. Cough Drops Aims To Bounce Back with 'Beard Equity,' Blackhawks

The Brighton Park company is out to regain its dominant market share.