David Protess President, Chicago Innocence Project

David Protess, Ph.D., is President of the Chicago Innocence Project, a nonprofit investigative reporting group that exposes wrongful convictions and other problems of the criminal justice system. He previously served for twelve years as director of the Medill Innocence Project at Northwestern University, where his students developed evidence that freed twelve innocent prisoners, five of whom had been on death row in Illinois. His two books with Rob Warden about wrongful convictions each received Investigative Reporters & Editors' Gold Medal award for Best Book, and in 2012 the Society of Professional Journalists/Chicago Headline Club gave its Best Blog award to his commentaries for the Huffington Post.

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