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Joe Ward

Reporter/Producer @jaydubward Contact

Joe Ward covers Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park, Back of the Yards and the Midway area for DNAinfo Chicago.

A lifelong Chicagoan, Joe was born and grew up in the Far Southwest Side Mt. Greenwood neighborhood.

Joe discovered his love of journalism while a student at Marist High School after receiving a Rolling Stone subscription as a present for helping to clean out a relative's home. He later enrolled at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he studied journalism and worked as the managing editor of the student newspaper, The Daily Illini. 

Prior to joining the staff at DNAinfo, Joe worked as a government and politics reporter in Galesburg, Ill., and later Kenosha, Wis., where he won multiple awards, including first-place finishes in investigative, watchdog and daily news reporting. He briefly worked as an editor of Nokia's "Here" smartphone app in Chicago before joining the DNAinfo staff. 

Fun fact: Ever since receiving that Rolling Stone subscription, Joe has been an avid and dedicated music fan. He worked as an intern for WXRT, where he got to carry equipment for and meet David Byrne, and also worked as an apprentice to Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune music critic and NPR host.

Bridgeport, Chinatown & McKinley Park »

October 30, 2017

The spill in Bridgeport drenched birds, but rescuers worked to catch and clean them Friday.

Bridgeport, Chinatown & McKinley Park »

October 30, 2017

Officials broke ground on the  $8 million annex at Mark Sheridan Academy Saturday.

Midway, Chicago Lawn & Ashburn »

October 27, 2017

Adam Furtick, 34, was fatally shot while driving home from a concert.

Back of the Yards & Brighton Park »

October 27, 2017

In some of the cases, the keys were left in the car that was stolen, police said.

Back of the Yards & Brighton Park »

October 27, 2017

Students at Columbia Explorers Academy made the mural as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Bridgeport, Chinatown & McKinley Park »

October 27, 2017

Scary stories, children's parade and an adult costume party will be held Halloween weekend.

Bronzeville & Washington Park »

October 27, 2017

With Mavis Staples opening the Wintrust Arena, here are the landmarks from her family's time in Chicago.

Bridgeport, Chinatown & McKinley Park »

October 26, 2017

A portion of the Eleanor Street Boathouse is closed as crews work to clean up some form of a spill.