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

  • Baltimore County police locate missing child

    Baltimore County police locate missing child

    Baltimore County police locate 8-year-old girl who went missing from Essex laundromat. An 8-year-old girl who went missing from an Essex laundromat has been found and returned home unharmed, Baltimore County police said. Victoria Carrion-Gillette was with a baby sitter inside the laundromat at 4:30...

  • Girl, 9, shot Sunday afternoon in Waverly

    Girl, 9, shot Sunday afternoon in Waverly

    A 9-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet Sunday afternoon while playing with other children on porch steps in the Waverly neighborhood of North Baltimore, police said. The shooting occurred one block from where 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott was fatally shot in 2014. Gunfire erupted around 1 p.m....

  • Baltimore settles one of two lawsuits alleging detective's misconduct

    Baltimore settles one of two lawsuits alleging detective's misconduct

    While Baltimore police Detective Ramon Lugo continues to fight a lawsuit claiming he was responsible for a man being wrongfully jailed for two years, city leaders have paid $67,500 to settle a separate lawsuit alleging that he beat a teenager in 2011. Without discussion last week, the Board of...

  • Baltimore to pay Freddie Gray's family $6.4 million to settle civil claims

    Baltimore to pay Freddie Gray's family $6.4 million to settle civil claims

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's decision to pay Freddie Gray's family a $6.4 million civil settlement drew praise and criticism Tuesday, with some Baltimore leaders saying the move will help heal the city and others calling it premature. Former Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said the settlement — expected...

  • 2 Maryland law enforcement dogs die of heat exhaustion inside car

    2 Maryland law enforcement dogs die of heat exhaustion inside car

    Two Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services K-9 dogs died from heat exhaustion last week when a vehicle's air conditioner failed at the Baltimore City Detention Center. A bloodhound, Kojack, and Dingo, a Dutch Shepherd, were taking part in operations Tuesday to transfer prisoners...

  • Criminal misconduct dominates Baltimore police terminations

    Criminal misconduct dominates Baltimore police terminations

    Even as leaders of the Baltimore Police Department work to improve the agency's image, documents show that criminal misconduct dominates the reasons for employee terminations. From late September 2012 to May 4, 2015, 18 employees — 25 percent of the 72 cases — were either fired or forced to resign...

  • Mayor replacing CitiStat chief Grimes

    Mayor replacing CitiStat chief Grimes

    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has removed embattled CitiStat Director Mark H. Grimes, who for the past 20 months has led the agency charged with monitoring and analyzing the local government's work. Rawlings-Blake promoted Grimes last year to the Cabinet-level post to overhaul CitiStat,...

  • Baltimore settles lawsuit claiming police horse bit disabled child

    Baltimore settles lawsuit claiming police horse bit disabled child

    A Queen Anne's County woman has accepted $20,000 to end a lawsuit in which she alleged that a Baltimore police horse maimed her disabled daughter's left hand. The August 2013 incident near the Inner Harbor began as Arianna Jacques, 8, reached from her wheelchair to pet Buster, a horse in the Police...

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