Mark Puente


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

  • Cleveland consent decree being watched in Baltimore

    Cleveland consent decree being watched in Baltimore

    WASHINGTON— Following a lengthy investigation that mirrors one taking shape in Baltimore, the U.S. Department of Justice and Cleveland officials unveiled dozens of reforms Tuesday as part of a consent decree to curb the amount of force used when police arrest suspects. Federal monitors will begin...

  • Baltimore police contract hurts accountability, study says

    Baltimore police contract hurts accountability, study says

    The contract between Baltimore and the Fraternal Order of Police contains several impediments to accountability, according to a report from a criminologist who often examines policies for the U.S. Department of Justice. In an 11-page report, Samuel Walker, a professor at the University of Nebraska...