Jim Crutchfield is editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project’s Cleveland newsroom, establishing the organization’s first local news team and leading local engagement projects. An accomplished journalist, he has a long track record of editorial leadership and more than five decades of regional news experience. He began reporting for The Pittsburgh Press in 1968, then worked as the public information officer for the Pittsburgh Model Cities Program, a reporter for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, managing editor for the Akron Beacon Journal, executive editor of the Long Beach Press-Telegram, and deputy managing editor for The Detroit Free Press. He also served as press secretary for the late U.S. Sen. Carl Levin. From 2001 to 2006, he was the president and publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal.