David Jackson to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

David Jackson, a senior investigative reporter for the Better Government Association, has been selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chicago Journalists Association. 

The award will be presented during the association’s virtual awards ceremony from 8 to 9 p.m. Nov. 20, 2020, via Zoom.

Jackson joined the BGA in August 2020 after 29 years at the Chicago Tribune. Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, his stories often focus on injustices affecting vulnerable populations. At the Tribune he was a four-time Pulitzer finalist for articles that prompted law enforcement indictments and legislative reforms. 

Jackson, a Chicago native, also spearheaded an effort to find a benevolent owner for the Tribune before he resigned in July. The Tribune currently is under the control of hedge fund Alden Global Capital.

Commenting on the award, Jackson said he preferred to consider this “a mid-lifetime achievement award, because I do hope to write another chapter.” He added, “I thank the Chicago Journalism Association for giving this Chicago child a chance to tell it like it is.”

The awards ceremony will include the presentation of the Dorothy Storck Award and a keynote speech from Chris Fusco, former executive editor of the Sun-Times, now founding executive editor of Lookout Santa Cruz in California.

To watch the awards ceremony, please register by sending an email to chicagocja@gmail.com. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants.