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The Marshall Project Announces Cleveland Local News Team

A roster of award-winning journalists will produce investigative, data and engagement journalism to serve the people of Cuyahoga County, including those affected by its criminal justice system.

Five headshots of the people who make up The Marshall Project Cleveland Bureau.
From left, Marlon Walker, Jim Crutchfield, Mark Puente, Cid Standifer and Stan Donaldson Jr.

The Marshall Project, the Pulitzer-winning nonprofit media organization covering criminal justice, is excited to announce the launch of its first local news operation, in Cleveland.

The Marshall Project - Cleveland aims to expose abuses in Cuyahoga County’s criminal justice system, through investigative, data and community engagement journalism supported by The Marshall Project’s national newsroom. The Cleveland news operation will serve local audiences, including people directly affected by the criminal justice system, who are often neglected or mischaracterized in media coverage. The newsroom plans to distribute its work inside prisons and jails in Ohio, too.

The Marshall Project’s commitment to building exceptional investigative, data and engagement journalism in Cleveland is grounded in its stellar leadership team, including veteran journalist Jim Crutchfield, recently named editor-in-chief, and managing editor, local, Marlon A. Walker, who is overseeing the local network expansion.

“Cleveland is one of our country’s richest cities in terms of history and culture, but also a city where the criminal justice system clearly needs to be further examined,” Walker said. “We have assembled a team of talented, dedicated journalists who will report rigorously on local issues.”

The newsroom’s roster of award-winning journalists includes some with deep ties to the Cleveland area, including:

“Our group of outstanding reporters will be equipped with the invaluable resources and knowledge of The Marshall Project’s award-winning national newsroom, while based here in Cleveland, where they are committed to covering criminal justice that serves the local community in Cuyahoga County,” Crutchfield said.

“We're thrilled to have these superb journalists join The Marshall Project,” said Susan Chira, The Marshall Project’s editor-in-chief. “As we expand our local accountability journalism in Cleveland, Jim, Mark, Cid, and Stan will bring a depth of investigative reporting expertise to ensure our first local newsroom publishes top-quality journalism that has an impact on Cleveland’s criminal justice system.”

The Marshall Project’s Cleveland operation is committed to community outreach and getting journalism behind bars in Ohio. As with Testify, our investigation into Cuyahoga County’s court system, we will survey residents to understand what they need to know about their system and incorporate their perspectives. The Marshall Project also distributes News Inside, an award-winning print publication, in more than 770 prisons and jails across the United States. To round out our Cleveland news operation, we will be hiring an Outreach Manager who will continue to expand the distribution of this magazine and its accompanying video series, Inside Story, in Ohio prisons and jails.

The Marshall Project - Cleveland is made possible through the support of the American Journalism Project, the George Gund Foundation, the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, Marshall Project founding board member Fred Cummings, and others.