Mark Konkol is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer from Chicago.
Early life and education
Konkol was born and raised in Chicago's south suburbs. He graduated in 1991 from Thornwood High School in South Holland, Illinois. He then attended Culver–Stockton College for two years, where he was a starting lineman for the Wildcats football team. He then transferred to Western Illinois University, where he graduated in 1995 with bachelor's degrees in communication and journalism. While at Western Illinois, he was a reporter and news editor at the Western Courier, the university's student newspaper. During the spring before his graduation, Konkol was hired by the Macomb Journal newspaper in Macomb, Illinois where he covered county government and high school sports.
Konkol wrote for Star Newspapers. He later covered Chicago City Hall for the Daily Southtown newspaper (now the SouthtownStar) and wrote a column for the Chicago Sun-Times' Red Streak edition. He joined the Sun-Times' news staff in 2004 and has covered transportation, Cook County courts and government and Chicago neighborhoods. In 2011, he became the paper's Writer at Large.
Among other things, Konkol wrote columns and an occasional blog for the Chicago Sun-Times called "Konkol's Korner."
In September 2012, Konkol resigned from the Sun-Times to join DNAinfo.com as the start-up local news website's Writer at Large. In early 2017, he left DNAinfo after four years to pursue other interests, such as television production. DNAinfo folded in November 2017.
In 2014, Konkol narrated CNN's Chicagoland (TV series) documentary series.
On January 31, 2018, Konkol was named executive editor of the Chicago Reader alternative weekly newspaper. On February 17, 2018, Konkol was fired by the CEO of the Reader's parent company, Sun-Times Media Group, after the cover of the first issue that Konkol oversaw featured a cover image that was roundly criticized as racist.
On April 18, 2011, Konkol, crime reporter Frank Main and photographer John J. Kim won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting 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.”
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