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

  • Bank freezes Baltimore funds as possible payment in police lawsuit

    Bank freezes Baltimore funds as possible payment in police lawsuit

    A long-running lawsuit involving misconduct by Baltimore police is headed for a legal showdown, now that a bank has frozen nearly $300,000 in city funds that could be used to pay a court judgment. On July 3, M&T Bank said it froze and will hold $281,000 from a city account to comply with the garnishment...

  • Richard M. Kastendieck, attorney

    Richard M. Kastendieck, attorney

    Richard M. Kastendieck, a former Maryland assistant attorney general, died July 5 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson after an 11-month battle with cancer. He was 67. "He always liked litigating," said his wife, Sally J. Miles. "He loved arguing. He liked being on stage." The son of Miles M. Kastendieck,...

  • Mosby says she learned from mistakes of family members in law enforcement

    Mosby says she learned from mistakes of family members in law enforcement

    When State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced criminal charges against six Baltimore police officers in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, she said it was not an indictment of the entire department. Five generations of her own family, she said, have worked in law enforcement. On Wednesday,...

  • Baltimore to pay $65,000 settlement in alleged police brutality

    Baltimore to pay $65,000 settlement in alleged police brutality

    A Baltimore mother who accused a Baltimore police officer of assault, battery and false arrest against her minor child will receive $65,000 in a settlement approved Wednesday by the city's spending panel. Without discussion, the panel unanimously approved the settlement. Rachel Ham accused Officer...

  • Baltimore's new police commissioner has a full plate — and an opportunity

    Baltimore's new police commissioner has a full plate — and an opportunity

    On his first full day on the job as Baltimore's interim police commissioner, Kevin Davis received a simple question from a young boy. "Do the stars mean anything?" the boy asked, referring to the gold insignia pinned to Davis' collar that indicated his new rank. "You know," Davis responded, "I ask...

  • Baltimore balks at paying court judgment for police misconduct

    Baltimore balks at paying court judgment for police misconduct

    A long-running lawsuit involving police misconduct has flared up again, as Baltimore officials balk at paying a court award levied against its officers — an unusual move in such legal disputes. At stake is an award against three officers who allegedly picked up two teens in West Baltimore at separate...

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