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General Information

Name:  Maurice Possley  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1949 in Moline, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Maurice was born in Moline and and resided in Chicago. He currently is a Visiting Research Fellow at Santa Clara University in California.

Biographical and Professional Information

Maurice Possley is an award-winning investigative criminal justice reporter for the ''Chicago Tribune''. He has been a journalist since 1972 and has been considered for the Pulitzer Prize on four occasions for excellence in trial coverage and investigative reporting.Possley is known for his role in breaking and publishing the story of the serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who was executed for killing thirty-three people in Chicago, and for his coverage of such high-profile stories as the prosecutions of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski and the culmination of the grand jury investigation of the murder of JonBenet Ramsey. He has appeared as a legal commentator on NPR and Court TV, and on Good Morning, America.His book ''The Brown's Chicken Massacre'' pieces together the brutal slaying of seven people at an Illinois restaurant, and the breakthrough DNA evidence that helped solve the case. Possley and fellow ''Tribune'' reporter Rick Kogan co-authored ''Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder and the Price of Truth''.

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-- Mr. Possley has received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award, the Thurgood Marshall Journalism award, the Champions of Justice award, and the Silver Gavel award for his series ''Forensics under the Microscope''. Maurice Possley was honored at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois. In 2008 Maurice Possley received a Pulitzer Prize, along with five other Tribune reporters, for exposing hazardous children's products, prompting massive recalls and the most comprehensive overhaul of the Consumer Product Safety Commission in the agency's history.