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John Kim

John Kim

Pulitzer-winning photographer | Chicago Tribune | Class of 1997

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John Kim's spot is First and Green — the Daily Illini building that is no longer there," he says. "It is now a Circle K gas station."

Kim learned virtually everything he knows about journalism — and then some — at the DI's former home.

"In addition to discovering all the moving parts of how a newspaper is produced and the kinds of people who are masochistic enough to participate in the process," he says, "The Daily Illini is where I learned to break into an office building using a pica pole."

For the uninitiated, Kim notes, a pica pole is "a metal ruler with various units of measurement used to paginate newspapers until the late 1990s."