CHICAGO, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- "Our colleague and dear friend, Paul Salopek, is one of the most accomplished and admired journalists of our time. He is not a spy. Our fervent hope is that the authorities in Sudan will recognize his innocence and quickly allow Paul to return home to his wife, Linda, and to his colleagues. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060826/NYSA010 ) "Paul has been a reporter for the Chicago Tribune for more than a decade. He has an impeccable reputation for integrity and for serious work dedicated to the dignity and worth of people everywhere. "He began a scheduled leave of absence from the newspaper earlier this month and was traveling in Chad reporting a freelance assignment for National Geographic magazine before he was detained. Since we learned of Paul's detention in Sudan, we have been working diligently to seek his release. "Paul's work in Chicago and around the world has been extraordinary. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes for the Tribune, the first in 1998 for his brilliant reporting on the Human Genome Diversity Project. His second Pulitzer was awarded in 2001 in recognition of his compassionate eyewitness reporting on the lives of the people of Africa. "We are deeply worried about Paul and his well being, and appeal to the government of Sudan to return him safely home."
SOURCE Chicago Tribune