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Chicago, IL
David Jackson
My Role

Works with newsroom to cover current events and investigate allegations of injustice and wrongdoing
My Biography

David has reported for the Chicago Tribune since 1991 except for a year at The Washington Post, where he and three colleagues were awarded the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for public service for articles on citizens shot by police.

At the Tribune David was a Pulitzer finalist four times: For a 2014 series that showed youth were assaulted, raped and prostituted at state-funded residential treatment centers, spurring immediate reforms; 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 sparked a federal probe of then-CHA chief Vince Lane, who was imprisoned.

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

Their 2013 "Poverty & Profit" investigation uncovered corruption and government neglect that helped devastate a once-stable African-American community on Chicago's West Side.

A 2012 series used internal Chicago school data to show thousands of K-8 grade students miss months of school each year or vanish altogether, prompting new state laws and a legislative task force.

David and Gary's 2009 "Compromised Care" series spurred an overhaul of nursing home laws and led to new housing and 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.