2017 Investigative Reporting for Print/Online (Medium Staff) Finalist: The Chicago Sun-Times Staff

Lauren FitzPatrick and Dan Mihalopoulos | Chicago Sun-Times

“The Fall of Forrest Claypool as Chicago Schools Chief”

About the Entry

Reporters at the Chicago Sun-Times pursued a dogged investigation of the chief executive of the nation’s third-largest school district, shedding light on allegations of kickbacks schemes and ethics violations that led to his dismissal.

Comments From the Judges

“This is a great job of investigative reporting.”

“Exceptional investigative reporting that resulted in clear action in a high-profile school district. Dogged reporting effort on a powerful figure in Chicago. Stories showcase how well-sourced the reporters are in their coverage area, and how carefully they picked apart the lies of the school district leader.”