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David Jackson
My Role

David Jackson is a Tribune reporter.
My Biography

David Jackson's articles have prompted legislative hearings, law enforcement indictments and broad reforms. He has been at the Tribune since 1991 except for a year at The Washington Post, where he earned the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for public service with two reporters and a data analyst.

At the Tribune David was a Pulitzer finalist 3 times: for a 2011 series with Gary Marx that interviewed fugitives who live with impunity in foreign countries; for the 1999 series "How Troubled Kids Became Big Business"; and for a 1995 investigation of the Nation of Islam that spurred a federal probe of then-CHA chief Vince Lane, who was imprisoned.

David and Gary's work on fugitives earned the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism.

In 2014 David led a team that spurred hearings and immediate reforms by showing youth were assaulted, raped and prostituted at state-funded residential treatment centers.

David and Gary's 2013 "Poverty & Profit" series uncovered the corruption and government neglect that helped devastate a once-stable African-American community.

A 2012 series obtained internal city data to show thousands of Chicago elementary students miss months of school each year or vanish altogether from city attendance rolls, leading to new state laws and a broad legislative task force.

Their 2009 "Compromised Care" series spurred an overhaul of nursing home laws and led to new programs for thousands of people with mental illness.

David's 2005 expose of mortgage fraud, "The New Street Hustle," sparked several indictments and led to new state laws.

His 2002 study, "The Human Cost of Coal Mining," linked miner deaths to company negligence.

A 2001 series on school food illness outbreaks led to a U.S. Senate-House hearing, food safety bills and a GAO report.

His 2000 report on ties between police brass and crime syndicate figures showed the U.S. attorney's office reined in a key investigation while Chicago's internal affair squad derailed other probes.