Chicago Sun-Times Reporters, Photographer Win Pulitzer Prize For Local Reporting On Chicago Violence

On a warm April weekend in 2008, 40 people were shot--seven fatally--in Chicago. The story made national news, if only for a day or two. But two reporters and a photographer from the Chicago Sun-Times investigated the violent weekend for more than a year, and on Monday were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for their work.

Reporters Frank Main and Mark Konkol and photographer John J. Kim took home the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for their "immersive documentation of violence in Chicago neighborhoods, probing the lives of victims, criminals and detectives as a widespread code of silence impedes solutions."

“This is totally unexpected, and it’s a great thing,” Konkol said, according to the Sun-Times. “I’m just glad that I work with such great people, and it’s about time the Sun-Times got some recognition for the work we do every day.”

The Sun-Times last won a Pulitzer in 1989 when Jack Higgins won for editorial cartoons. Roger Ebert and John H. White have also brought Pulitzers to the paper.

Read the comprehensive and compelling series in its entirety here. Check out Kim's movingphoto essay here.