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Mark Puente

Writer

Mark Puente, an investigative reporter for The Baltimore Sun, has been nominated three times for a Pulitzer Prize. He covered St. Petersburg City Hall and real estate for the Tampa Bay Times. He previously was a crime and investigations reporter for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, where he won the Al Nakkula Award — the only national journalism award devoted to police reporting.  His 2014 “Undue Force” series on allegations of police brutality in Baltimore won the Institute on Political Journalism’s Clark Mollenhoff Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism's Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award for reporting on racial or religious hatred, intolerance or discrimination in the United States.  A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate, Puente grew up in Detroit and Cleveland and spent 14 years driving a tractor trailer before going to college.

Recent Articles

  • Freddie Gray prosecutor comes from family steeped in policing

    Freddie Gray prosecutor comes from family steeped in policing

    Appearing in front of the War Memorial building in downtown Baltimore — just a block from the Police Department and City Hall — State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby emerged Friday as a formidable voice in the volatile nationwide dialogue about police brutality. The 35-year-old Mosby, one of the nation's...

  • Garrett Miller joined Baltimore police department in 2012

    Garrett Miller joined Baltimore police department in 2012

    Officer Garrett Miller, one of the officers who chased Freddie Gray when he fled from Lt. Brian Rice, joined the Baltimore Police Department in 2012 and earns $45,000 annually. The 26-year-old lives in Freeland near the Pennsylvania border. State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Miller tried to put...

  • Baltimore officer Caesar Goodson called 'friendly neighbor'

    Baltimore officer Caesar Goodson called 'friendly neighbor'

    Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., who faces the most serious charges in the death of Freddie Gray, joined the Baltimore Police Department in 1999. Goodson, 45, lives on a quiet, tree-lined street of neatly kept ranch houses and colonials in Catonsville near Baltimore National Pike. Neighbors described...

  • The truth about Freddie Gray's 'pre-existing injury from car accident'

    The truth about Freddie Gray's 'pre-existing injury from car accident'

    Online reports are swirling that Freddie Gray had spinal surgery shortly before he died in police custody, and had collected a payout in a settlement from a car accident. Those reports — which raise questions about the injury that led to his death in April 19 — point to Howard County court records...

  • Experts question gang involvement in riots

    Experts question gang involvement in riots

    It was an unusual tableau: Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young and his neatly dressed council colleagues stood at a City Hall news conference flanked by two young men wearing the red bandannas associated with the Bloods gang. At Tuesday's event, Young praised the gang members...

  • NAACP opening satellite office in Sandtown-Winchester

    NAACP opening satellite office in Sandtown-Winchester

    Hours after riots engulfed one of the city's most-troubled areas, the national NAACP says it will open a satellite office in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. The office will be supported by the National NAACP and its legal department to offer residents expungement services and legal counsel...

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