Mark Greenblatt - Scripps News

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
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VideoblocksScience and Health

New Research: Coronavirus Can Spread Through Eyes

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Twitter / Heather PatenaudeU.S.

U.S. Beef And Pork Production Is Down Nearly 40%

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Credit Firms Cutting Consumer Spending Limits Without Warning

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Some States May Run Out Of Unemployment Money Within Weeks

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Graphic by Zach CussonScience and Health

State Farm, Progressive Join List Of Auto Insurers Issuing Refunds

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State Farm YouTubeScience and Health

Auto Policyholders Due $4 Billion+ In Refunds Following Newsy Report

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Allstate NewsroomScience and Health

Allstate To Refund $600M To Customers Following Newsy Report

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Zach Cusson / NewsyScience and Health

Advocates Worry Insurance Providers Could Profit From COVID-19

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Kathy Willens / APScience and Health

Scammers Are Preying On People's Fears Surrounding The Coronavirus

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Carrie Cochran / NewsyScience and Health

Open Wide (Trailer)

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Newsy illustrationScience and Health

Open Wide: Dentists Pressured To Drill Healthy Teeth, Ex-employees Say

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Experts: Slow Coronavirus' Spread Now To Prevent Superbug Later

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Sen. Leahy Cites Newsy Investigation Into Condolence Payments

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Collateral Damage: U.S. Forgoes Condolence Payments In Iraq, Syria

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Former Obama Drug Official Sued In Addiction Fraud Lawsuit


Uncorked: A Newsy Investigation Of The Elite Wine World

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Fmr. CIA Counterterrorism Chief Defends Secret Black Sites

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Why Only Some Mass Shootings Are Considered Domestic Terrorism

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News / Zach CussonU.S.

Texas DA Resigns From Sex Assault Task Force After Newsy Questions

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Newsy/ Zach CussonU.S.

Newsy Finds NYPD Undercounting Rape By 38% Compared To FBI Statistics

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Newsy/ Zach CussonU.S.

Texas House Takes New Action On Rape In Wake Of Newsy Investigation

Newsy / Zach CussonU.S.

Austin Police Chief Offers Partial Apology To Rape Survivors

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Newsy / Zach CussonU.S.

Austin City Council Orders Review Of Nearly 2,000 Rape Cases

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Austin Police DepartmentU.S.

Austin PD Orders New Probe After Audit Finds Misclassified Rapes

Newsy / Zach CussonU.S.

Audit Finds Austin Police Department Improperly Cleared Rape Cases

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Case Cleared: FBI Moves To Fix Flaw In Its Crime Reporting System

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Newsy / Zach CussonU.S.

Case Cleared: The Consequences Of 'Exceptional Clearance'

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Newsy / Zach CussonU.S.

Case Cleared: Rape Suspects Walk Free. Police Count It As A Success

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Newsy / Zach CussonU.S.

Case Cleared: How Rape Goes Unpunished In America (Trailer)