Chad Ford

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Chad Ford
Born Kansas City, Missouri
Alma mater Brigham Young University - Hawaii (B.A.)
George Mason University (M.S.)
Georgetown University (J.D)
Occupation Teacher, consultan, mediator
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)

Chad Ford is an Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University – Hawaii (BYUH).[1] He is Director of the University's McKay Center and is known for his study of conflict resolution with an emphasis on large group ethnic and religious conflict, as well as for his sports journalism with ESPN.[2]

Early life[edit]

Ford was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1971. He holds a B.A. in history at Brigham Young University (1995), an M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University (2000),[3] and concurrently earned a J.D. in International Law from Georgetown University and then served as a researcher for the United Nations in Northern Ireland.


Before joining the faculty of Brigham Young University in 2005,[4] Ford co-founded with Jason Peery in 1996 which was sold to ESPN in 2001 and was renamed Insider. Ford still contributes to the subscription's content.[5] He’s known for his "insider information" and breaking news on NBA stories, especially regarding the draft,[6] trade rumors, and international basketball. By 2005, more than 1 million[7] paying Insider subscribers read his daily reports for ESPN.

As a mediator and facilitator, Ford works for several projects around the world, including in the Middle East with PeacePlayers International.[8] Additionally, he served as the Managing Director of Global Peacebuilding (2007), teaches at BYUH while directing the university’s McKay Center.[9] The center functions as a cross-cultural peacebuilding laboratory for the education of students, faculty, staff and community members. The theoretical and practical tools learned in the center enable the sponsorship of community building, cultural leadership opportunities and projects throughout the world. Ford has traveled extensively, having lived in Connecticut, Missouri, North Carolina, California, Hawaii and Washington D.C., and having covered the NBA in Asia, Europe, and Africa.[10] He also did research for the United Nations in Northern Ireland.


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