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

  • 1,000-foot water slide draws 3,000 people to Hillen Road

    1,000-foot water slide draws 3,000 people to Hillen Road

    It's not every Saturday that several thousand people don bathing suits to slide down Hillen Road on tubes. As temperatures neared 90 degrees, men, women and children of all ages zipped down a 1,000-foot water slide set up in the 3500 block of Hillen Road. Hoses sprayed people with cold water as...

  • Two shot Wednesday in Catonsville, Essex

    Two shot Wednesday in Catonsville, Essex

    Two men were shot in Baltimore County Wednesday — one in Catonsville, the other in Essex, police said. A man's ear was grazed by a bullet in the 500 block of Frederick Road near the intersection with Interstate 695 in Catonsville at about 6 p.m., police said. The victim was involved in an argument...

  • Baltimore police release new numbers on terminations under Batts

    Baltimore police release new numbers on terminations under Batts

    Amid conflicting statements from Commissioner Anthony W. Batts and the Baltimore Police Department about the number of officers terminated for misconduct, the agency on Wednesday released new statistics showing that the number is higher than previously described. "Under the Police Commissioner's...

  • Baltimore records deadliest month in more than 40 years

    Baltimore records deadliest month in more than 40 years

    With three men killed in eastside shootings on Sunday, Baltimore recorded its deadliest month in more than 40 years. The 43 killings in May surpassed the 42 homicides the city saw in August 1990, and left Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defending police and her administration. Speaking at a morning...

  • 'McKenzie Elliott Way' honors 3-year-old Baltimore shooting victim

    'McKenzie Elliott Way' honors 3-year-old Baltimore shooting victim

    Instead of placing candles on McKenzie Elliott's fourth birthday cake in May, her mother helped unveil a street sign on Sunday to honor the 3-year-old killed by a stray bullet last year in North Baltimore's Waverly neighborhood. While holding three balloons and a stuffed animal at the corner of...

  • Fact-checking the terminations by Baltimore Police Department

    Fact-checking the terminations by Baltimore Police Department

    As the nation watched the Baltimore unrest that followed Freddie Gray's death in police custody, police Commissioner Anthony Batts told reporters that he had worked for years to address brutality and other misconduct on the force. "I have been a reform commissioner. I have taken over an organization...

  • Some Baltimore pharmacy owners wait for police response to looting

    Some Baltimore pharmacy owners wait for police response to looting

    On the color video from a security camera, two masked women and two men slam a crowbar into a pharmacy safe filled with narcotics in a failed attempt to open it. A woman then smashes a cash register loaded with money. The four, with the help of others, haul what owners say is tens of thousands...

  • Officers in Freddie Gray case taken to jail without handcuffs

    Officers in Freddie Gray case taken to jail without handcuffs

    Inside the gates of Baltimore's jail, suspects who face charges for murder, manslaughter and other violent crimes typically are escorted from police vehicles in handcuffs. But when three of the city officers charged in Freddie Gray's death arrived, they were not restrained — and one was greeted...

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