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Mark Konkol

Writer at Large @KonkolsKorner mkonkol@dnainfo.com

Mark Konkol lives on the South Side. He is a White Sox fan. He has a dog, cat and a Wikipedia page.

The writer-at-large for DNAinfo.com Chicago plays bad guitar, drinks good rum and enjoys long motorcycle rides to the beach.

He once was forced to trade his jeans for loaner fat-lady club pants to get in the Union League Club.

Konkol grew up in South Holland and graduated from Thornwood High School, which he likes to boast is where he struck out future Major League All-Star Cornelius “Cliff” Floyd in batting practice.

Konkol also tells people that for two years he was the starting left guard on the Culver-Stockton College football team. That didn't last. He graduated from Western Illinois University.

For the last 13 years, Konkol has written about Chicago, all of it. He’s covered Chicago City Hall, transportation, county government and courts, city neighborhoods and White Sox 2005 World Series run from a fan’s perspective.

Most recently, Konkol was the Writer at Large for the Chicago Sun-Times where he teamed up with his pals Frank Main and John J. Kim to produce a series of stories about "Why they won't stop shooting in Chicago" that was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting.

After that, Konkol’s mom said he was a pretty good reporter. Just to be safe, Konkol checked it out on Twitter. This is what he found: “@CharlesThomas7: Nobody covers Chicago’s ‘hood like Mark Konkol @konkolskorner.”

The neighborhoods, all of them; that's where Konkol's most comfortable writing about guys he'll never forget including Bernard, the homeless guy in River North. And that “Grandpa Joe” character, who ended a confrontation with Mike Royko by saying, “You’ll never be Studs. You’ll never be Algren.”

And you don't have to say it, Konkol already knows he'll never be Royko.

He's fine with that — Royko was never on Twitter.

Fun fact: At the final Sun-Times vs. Tribune flag football game in 2004, Konkol ran over a Trib reporter, who got really mad at him. Years later, at the urging of Chris “The Watchdog” Fusco, Konkol apologized to the Trib guy at a Christmas party even though Konkol really did nothing wrong. When a fat guy’s running as fast as he can, get out of the way. That’s just common sense.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

April 29, 2016

The inquiry into whether some sergeants had an unfair advantage on the test is heating up, sources said.

Wicker Park & Bucktown »

April 28, 2016

Executive chef Pat Niebling added a little bit of Dark Lord to almost everything, even the ice cream.

Wicker Park & Bucktown »

April 27, 2016

To mark the brewery's 20th anniversary, Saturday will be a Dark Lord Day for the ages.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

April 27, 2016

Daley had some gems during his 22 years as mayor of the City of Chicago.

West Loop, Near West Side, Pilsen »

April 22, 2016

“I noticed his eyes were popping out of his head like he was high on something," he said.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

April 22, 2016

KONKOL: Inspector general should expedite cheating probe before Deputy Chief Williams retires in May.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

April 21, 2016

The city watchdog is investigating whether certain sergeants had an unfair advantage on the test. 

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

April 20, 2016

KONKOL: WLS-AM's Bill Cameron marks Richard M. Daley's 74th birthday with some of his best Daleyisms.