Tim Moran, a name well known by local readers of The Villager, The Patch, and Block Club Chicago, has been added to BAPA’s list of staff members. In January, Moran accepted the position of Editor of The Villager.
“My roots in the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood run deep, as I have lived nearby nearly my entire life,” Moran said. “Much of my 13 years of journalism experience has been centered in the neighborhood as well.”
As a freelance journalist Moran regularly contributed articles to The Villager and the Block Club Chicago online news outlet. Neighborhood residents may recall Moran from when he served as South Side Editor for the Irish American News. “[That job] allowed me to introduce myself to a number of Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood business owners, many of whom continue to operate thriving small businesses to this day,” he said.
Moran was the Local Editor for the Beverly-Mt. Greenwood Patch online news outlet for four years, covering all aspects of the community. He left Patch in 2021 to become Director of Public Relations at nearby Evergreen Park Community High School, a position he will maintain. Since 2017, Moran has been the Beverly collaborator for Chicago for Chicagoans, preparing and presenting walking tours in our community.
Before earning a degree in Mass Communications from Saint Xavier University in 2007, Moran worked as an intern for the now-defunct Southwest Observer hyperlocal online news outlet that focused on life in the 19th Ward neighborhoods of Beverly/Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood. He also served as a reporter and news editor for The News-Dispatch, a daily newspaper in Michigan City, and sports editor for the Clinton (Illinois) Journal.
The Beverly/Morgan Park community events – especially BAPA events—as well as businesses and local culture have been part of Moran’s life since he was a kid. He looks forward to being even more involved in the neighborhood as part of BAPA’s team.
“I’m excited to expand my role with The Villager as editor,” Moran said. “I’m especially interested in learning even more about the neighborhood’s people, businesses and culture, as well as being more involved with events. Beverly/Morgan Park, to me, has always been best described as a time capsule neighborhood. As the village in the city, the neighborhood has always had a friendly feel. The beauty of the homes is unmatched.”
Neighborhood events have been a big part of Moran’s life for a long time. “I’ve been in the South Side Irish Parade in several different capacities. I was on a float when I was 5 years old, I marched with the Marist Band for four years, was on a float for the Saint Xavier radio station, and covered the parade for four years for Patch,” he said.
“My other favorite event of the year is the Ridge Run. I’ve run both the 10K and 5K multiple times and volunteered one year as a course marshal,” Moran said. “The Ridge Run has always been a great event to mark the start of summer in the neighborhood.”
Moran grew up in Oak Lawn but all of his schooling has been in the 19th Ward. “I attended Morgan Park Academy for grammar and middle school, Marist High School (Class of 2003) and Saint Xavier University,” he said. Moran and his wife, Maggie, live in Evergreen Park with their children, Jaykeb,11, Charlotte, 8, and Dolan, 3.
Outside of work, Moran is an avid sports fan, rooting for the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks. He also enjoys traveling, running, bicycling, and gardening.
Moran brings professional skills as a print and digital journalist to his role with The Villager. Contact Moran at email@example.com with news items or story ideas.