Senior Lecturer, Assistant Director of Medill Watchdog
John Sullivan joined Medill after working for nearly a decade at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where his assignments included covering the war in Iraq, state government, city hall, science and health and as member of the paper’s investigative team.
Sullivan’s stories have forced officials to answer for systemic failings and to undertake an overhaul of the city’s child welfare system (winner of a Casey Medal in 2007); to restructure the criminal courts after it was shown that people charged with violent crimes escaped conviction on all charges in almost two-thirds of cases (winner of several national awards and finalist for the Selden Ring, 2010) and to terminate a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program that had allowed corporate polluters to burnish their green image (a finalist for a Pulitzer in 2009). Most recently Sullivan led a team of five reporters who examined violence in the Philadelphia schools. The series won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2012, a Casey Medal and the IRE Award.
John has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, where he worked for the National Institute of Computer Assisted Reporting. He also spent five years reporting at The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC.