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Gary Marx
Reporter, Specialist
My Role

Gary Marx is an investigative reporter.
My Biography

Gary Marx is a projects reporter at the Chicago Tribune. He is a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist in investigative reporting, including in 2015.

Marx began his career as a freelance reporter in Africa and later joined the Orlando Sentinel where he worked as a city reporter, investigative reporter and foreign correspondent covering Central America and the Caribbean.

Marx started at the Tribune in 1988 and was the Tribune's South America correspondent from 1990 to 1994. Upon returning to Chicago, he covered criminal justice and was a member of the paper's investigative team before rejoining the foreign staff in 2002 based in Havana, Cuba. In 2007, Marx was forced to leave Cuba after authorities deemed his coverage of human rights and other issues as “too negative.”

During his career, Marx has covered numerous armed conflicts and U.S. military operations, including in Iraq, Somalia, Haiti, and Colombia. His investigations have led to indictments for murder and other crimes, and sparked sweeping reform.

Marx has been teamed up the past five years with David Jackson and the two have been Pulitzer finalists twice and won many other awards including the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism, a National Headliner Award, the Heywood Broun Award, an IRE Medal, the Education Writers Association Grand Prize, and a National Press Club Award. For his work abroad, Marx has earned an Overseas Press Club Citation, the Maria Moors Cabot Prize for coverage of Latin America from Columbia University, and the Inter-American Press Association Human Rights Award.

Marx has a BA from Harvard and a Masters degree in African politics from the London School of Economics. In 2001, Marx was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford, and in 2008 he was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Notre Dame.