The Baltimore Sun, founded in 1837, is the largest daily newspaper in Maryland, with a coverage area that includes Baltimore City and five surrounding counties. Much of The Sun’s journalism has exposed corruption and sparked changes, including the resignation of the city’s mayor this year. At the same time, we surface powerful, often under-the-radar tales and trend pieces, like the struggle of refugees in a Baltimore high school, or how the century-long history of a vacant house—which collapsed and killed a man—told the story of our city.
Location: * Northeast, Maryland
Beat: African-American neighborhoods
Position: For generations, money has poured into the white, affluent parts of Baltimore, while poor and working class African-American communities were often neglected. At a crucial time in our city, The Sun has created a new beat to tell the stories of these neighborhoods from the front lines. This reporter goes to churches, small businesses, homes and corners to show the consequences of this long-running lack of investment, and follow new efforts to disrupt the cycle. This reporter probes the politicians and developers, the money and the documents, to track new projects brewing in key neighborhoods. After years of failed starts, for instance, the future of the iconic Park Heights is now on the line, with a major state debate over Pimlico, home of the Preakness, and some new funding in place. The reporter uses different storytelling techniques and roams the corners of the city to zoom in on turning points, success stories and grass-roots efforts. The story of Baltimore’s fall, and what it will take to rise again, is a tale best told through our neighborhoods.
Reporter: Tatyana Turner