Reporters Frank Main and Mark Konkol and photographer John J. Kim of the Sun-Times were awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting Monday. The Pulitzer citation acclaimed their "immersive documentation of violence in Chicago neighborhoods, probing the lives of victims, criminals and detectives as a widespread code of silence impedes solutions." Here are the Pulitzer-provided bios of the winners. And here is a link to the stories.
This was the first Pulitzer for the Sun-Times since Jack Higgins won for cartooning in 1989.
Here's a list of all this year's Pulitzer Prize winners.
And here are the 2011 finalists. Tribune work is cited four times — John McCormick's editorials, Mary Schmich's columns, the investigative reporting of Sam Roe and Jared Hopkins, and, in the breaking news category, the staff coverage of a fire in which two fire fighters died.