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Mark Puente

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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

  • Class-action status sought in lawsuit against Baltimore Housing Authority

    Class-action status sought in lawsuit against Baltimore Housing Authority

    Attorneys are seeking class-action status for a lawsuit against the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and some of its maintenance workers, arguing that many more tenants may have been victims of an alleged sex-for-repairs scheme. The request, filed Friday in U.S. District Court, would allow more...

  • Baltimore Housing Authority eliminated its Inspector General

    Baltimore Housing Authority eliminated its Inspector General

    Leaders of Baltimore's embattled public housing authority late last year eliminated the office designed to root out misconduct and hold employees accountable. The Housing Authority of Baltimore City eliminated the position of inspector general in December as a cost-saving measure, a spokeswoman...

  • Baltimore police officer retires as officials consider discipline

    Baltimore police officer retires as officials consider discipline

    A 23-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department retired this month, as officials considered whether to discipline him for a 2012 incident involving a handcuffed suspect, a police spokesman said. Officer Michael McSpadden, who had been sued five times for alleged brutality — cases that cost...

  • Officer suspended after off-duty incident

    Officer suspended after off-duty incident

    A Baltimore police officer has been suspended with pay after an off-duty incident at a convenience store Oct. 4, a department spokesman confirmed Wednesday. Officer Fabien Laronde is the subject of an internal investigation, not a criminal probe, spokesman T.J. Smith said. He declined to provide...

  • Baltimore clarifies clause in police settlements

    Baltimore clarifies clause in police settlements

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration has adjusted a clause to better explain the restrictions on people who accept money to settle lawsuits over allegations of police misconduct. While the longer "nondisparagement clause" doesn't add more restrictions, it specifies that those who sign...

  • Baltimore to settle lawsuit alleging 'rough ride' by police

    The Rawlings-Blake administration is poised to pay a woman $95,000 after an alleged 2012 "rough ride" in a Baltimore police van — a practice spotlighted by Freddie Gray's death. The city's spending panel is expected to agree Wednesday to settle a federal lawsuit involving a now-28-year-old woman...

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