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.

Lincoln Park & Old Town »

April 22, 2014

All CPS Classrooms to Get Air Conditioning Within Five Years, Rahm Says

Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to bring air conditioning to 206 schools, but without explaining funding.

Uptown & Andersonville »

April 21, 2014

Rahm on Violence: It's Not Weather, 'It's Whether You Have Values'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel erupted in anger over the Easter weekend's "senseless, meaningless violence."

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

April 21, 2014

Ride-Sharing Crackdown Backed by Cabbies, Who Move to Unionize

A group of Chicago cabbies has aligned with the National Taxi Workers Alliance on a possible union bid.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

April 16, 2014

CPS Students Urge Curbs on Suspensions, Expulsions During Downtown March

Students and a legal group backed state legislation setting limits on school disciplinary measures.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

April 15, 2014

Plastic Bag Ban Vote Delayed by Council Committee

Ald. George Cardenas put off a vote on Ald. Joe Moreno's proposed bag ban until next week.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

April 15, 2014

Food-Poisoning Tracked Through Twitter With Foodborne Chicago App

The city's Department of Public Health innovation has triggered 236 reports in its first year.

Pilsen, Little Village, Near West Side »

April 10, 2014

Uber Rallies Voters Against Pro-Taxi Bill, Recruits Cabbies to Convert

But taxi backers won in the state House as ride-sharing firms vowed to take the fight to the Senate.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

April 9, 2014

City Employee Charged With Stealing $741,000 From City Permits Since 2008

Longtime Department of Transportation employee Antionette Chenier was arrested and charged Wednesday.