Poland writes 8/15/02 on TheHotButton.com:
"I recently ran into a guy named Luke Ford, who I had lost over
time. When I caught up with his website at lukeford.net, he was shredding
some shreddable industryite or another. But after more digging, I found
that Luke has done some pretty unusual journalistic work… He is building
a database of in-depth interviews
Hollywood producers, the least interviewed group of high-profile
industry players. The list he’s developed is pretty jaw-dropping."
"Luke Ford is the Andy Kaufman of bloggers," says Allan Mayer, former editor of Buzz magazine.
On 11/14/03, The New York Times apologized for its plagiarism of a paragraph of Lukeford.net by Hollywood correspondent Bernard Weinraub. "That paragraph was reproduced nearly verbatim from a Weblog compiled by a Los Angeles journalist, Luke Ford..."
Luke appeared in the USA Today (8/2/00), New York Post (10/7/97), New Times Los Angeles cover story (1/28/99), Los Angeles Times (7/8/99, 6/10/04), Sydney Morning Herald (11/14/98), Rolling Stone (8/19/99), Village Voice (3/4/99), The Independent on Sunday (1/18/98), GQ (12/99, British edition), Salon.com (7/13/99), Online Journalism Review (7/9/98), Composite (9/98), the Forward (1/7/00, 7/30/04), New York Times (5/20/01, 11/14/03), Details magazine 6/01, The Jerusalem Report (7/31/01, 8/19/04), Los Angeles magazine (04/04), LA Weekly cover (4/20/06) and numerous other publications.
His TV appearances include Entertainment Tonight 2/8/99, Fox Files 3/25/99, the E! True Hollywood Story, (11/5/00), Disinfo Nation (May, 2001), the National Enquirer's TV show Uncovered (6/13/01), VH1 (10/12/03), and 60 Minutes (11/23/03). He's in the National Film Board of Canada documentary "Give Me Your Soul" which premiered 10/20/00 on the CBC program Newsworld.
The son of a Christian evangelist, Luke grew up in Australia until moving to California in 1977. During the 1980s he wrote for various newspapers including the Auburn Journal and worked as a reporter in the news department of KAHI/KHYL radio in the Sacramento area. He studied economics at UCLA but dropped out short of his undergraduate degree.
"...he breaks legitimate stories that have a huge impact." Emmanuelle Richard, Online Journalism Review
"...aggressive, eloquent, he's a kind of shaggy-haired, acid-washed Brad Pitt..." The Weekly Standard
"Smart, insightful and with a charming Australian accent, Ford is one of the most fascinating characters..." Michelle Goldberg, Speak magazine