Finalist

The Fall of Forrest Claypool as Chicago Schools Chief
Investigative Reporting: General News Outlets, Print and Online

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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.

Entry Credit

  • Lauren FitzPatrick, Staff reporter, Chicago Sun-Times
  • Dan Mihalopoulos, Staff reporter, Chicago Sun-Times

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.”

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