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Mark Greenblatt

Senior National Investigative Correspondent

Mark Greenblatt is the senior national investigative correspondent for the Scripps Washington Bureau and Newsy. His video, text and radio reports have earned three Peabody awards, the duPont-Columbia Award, the I.R.E. Medal, the Livingston Award, multiple national Edward R. Murrow Awards, the national Emmy for investigative reporting and he has twice been named a finalist for Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize. Mark’s reports have led to changes in laws at all levels of government, along with wholesale reforms of institutions. He is the lead reporter for the investigative podcast Verified- The Next Threat, a six episode podcast series that uncovers an international network of global extremists who are recruiting for a new transnational holy war and white power. His other investigative pieces for Scripps have prompted Congress to close the military sex offender registration loophole and led to the felony indictment of a Veterans Administration hospital chief of staff, among other reforms. For Newsy, his Case Cleared series of reports revealed how dozens of police departments nationally mask the truth about how many rape investigations they really solve, marking rape cases as ‘cleared’ with a little-known tool called “exceptional clearance.” The tool allows police to tell the public the case is solved, when in fact they leave the suspect on the streets with no arrest and no prosecution. Federal rules allow police to use this tool in rare cases, such as if they cannot arrest a known suspect because he is dead. Greenblatt was a co-lead on the investigation, which chronicled the widespread abuse of the tool and discovered that some of those cleared suspects go on to find new sexual assault victims. In Austin, the series prompted a state audit which confirmed Austin police were inappropriately clearing rape cases. City council agreed to publicly apologize to rape survivors, along with paying them $50,000 each to settle a lawsuit that Mark’s reporting became evidence in. The city also agreed to a long list of reforms of its sex crimes unit. Mark regularly combines the use of databases and sources to unpack systemic flaws and issues of injustice. He serves on the Advisory Board for the D.C.- based Fund For Investigative Journalism (where he is its past president), proudly roots for the Red Sox and brews his own beer.

Recent Work
Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick talks with Scripps News Senior National Correspondent Mark Greenblatt
Scripps News / Zach CussonDocumentaries and Investigations

Scripps News school AED probe gets attention in Congress

A memorial for Matthew Mangine Jr., who died after a sudden cardiac arrest in June 2020 in Erlanger, Ky.
WCPODocumentaries and Investigations

An AED saved Damar Hamlin's life, but is your child's school ready?

Suspect in handcuffs

Felony Assaults With Guns Increasing In Hundreds of U.S. Communities

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is attended to by medical staff after being sacked
Jeff Dean / APSports

Newsy Investigation Finds Loopholes In NFL Concussion Rules

Students walk in a school hallway.

How Texas Quashed Sex-Ed Lessons On Consent

The Swedish Security Police
The Swedish Security PoliceWorld

U.S. Slaps Terrorist Designation On Russian, Swedish Extremists

Baby formula

Newsy Investigates The Baby Formula Monopolies

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting.
Kremlin / APWorld

New Evidence Strengthens Call For The Ultimate Sanction For Russia

New York City Police Department cruisers
Mary Altaffer / APU.S.

Thousands Of Police Agencies Stop Reporting Crime Data To The FBI

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting.
Kremlin / APWorld

Far-Right Support For Vladimir Putin Is Cracking With Ukraine Invasion

Carvings on a Confederate monument

Rising White Supremacy, In The U.S. And Around The World

Matthew Heimbach voices his displeasure at the media after a court hearing for James Alex Fields Jr.
AP Photo/Steve Helber, FileU.S.

Extremist Heimbach To Relaunch Hate Group, Says He Supports Violence

Texas DA stands with rape survivors and announces reforms
Facebook/Travis County District AttorneyU.S.

Texas DA Apologizes To Rape Survivors, Agrees To Reforms

The suspect in a terror plot is named by an extremist fascist group as a leader
Kerr County Jail Records, Injekt Division Telegram ChannelU.S.

TX Sheriff: FBI Takes Over Case In Alleged Wal-Mart Mass Shooting Plot

A SWAT officer points a shotgun at night while working the streets

FBI Sees Surge In National Use-Of-Force Database Participation

A meeting of Generation Identity members
Generation Identity YouTubeU.S.

The Viral Global Movement Giving U.S. White Nationalists A Boost

Members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing demonstrators rally on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Portland, Ore.
AP Photo/Allison DinnerU.S.

U.S. Lists 71 Foreign Terrorist Groups — But No White Supremacists

Hundreds of "local news" sites with partisan backers are mapped in the United States
NiemanLab, Philip NapoliU.S.

These Websites 'Masquerade' As Local News, Share Partisan Messages

A member of the mob that breached the Capitol waves a finger at police.
Manuel Balce Ceneta/APU.S.

Are Police Doing Enough To Track Down The Capitol Mob?

Pro-Trump rioters breach the Capitol
Associated PressU.S.

Where Was The National Guard When The Capitol Was Breached?


Sheriffs, Criminologists Worried About Coming FBI Crime Data Loss

Twitter "Account Suspended" message

Twitter Suspends MAGA Rally Group, QAnon-Linked Founder


QAnon-Linked Organizer Calls Rallies Last 'Peaceful' Unity Attempt

Categories of crime data overlayed with crime scene video
image by Zach CussonU.S.

FBI Crime Data Could Go Away For One In Four Police Agencies

Josh MillerSports

Driving For Dollars In The Pandemic

A police officer holds a stun gun to the back of a man's neck
Image courtesy of Fairfax County Police DepartmentU.S.

FBI Postpones Use-Of-Force Data Release

Two soldiers look in on a Stars and Stripes publication
Photo by Mark Allen, Stars and StripesU.S.

Military Watchdog Stars and Stripes Fighting For Survival

New clean air filter next to dirty air filter
Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County Public SchoolsU.S.

School Air Filters: Not COVID-19 Ready

Minneapolis police face off against protests
Jim Mone / APU.S.

Minneapolis Police Among Many That Didn't Send FBI Use Of Force Data

A glass of wine is poured
Dave FrancoU.S.

Elite Wine Instructor Told Black Student To Call Her 'Master'