Mark Curnutte

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Mark Curnutte is Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Key Initiatives for the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio. He is editor and contributing author and photographer of the League’s 164-page book The State of Black Cincinnati 2015: Two Cities.

He is responsible for promoting the Urban League in the media, creating content for its website, and sharpening the League’s branding and marketing efforts.

He previously worked for 21 years as a reporter at The Cincinnati Enquirer, where he covered urban affairs and social justice after nine seasons on the Cincinnati Bengals/NFL beat. He is author of A Promise in Haiti: A Reporter’s Notes on Families and Daily Lives (Vanderbilt University Press), recipient of a Foreword Reviews’ social sciences national book of the year award in 2011. A native of Illinois, he is a 1984 graduate of Miami University, which, in February 2015, awarded him the prestigious Bishop Medal for meritorious service to humanity.

Much of Curnutte’s time at The Enquirer was spent in Cincinnati’s black community. Dating to his first year in Cincinnati, 1993, he produced an award-winning six-part examination of race relations in the city titled A Polite Silence. For work produced in 2012 and 2013, Curnutte was selected as top reporter in Ohio by the state chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). He wrote extensively about the redevelopment of the Avondale neighborhood and plight of Central American immigrants in Greater Cincinnati. In 2013, he reported from Haiti and the Dominican Republic on a Ford Foundation Grant administered by the International Center for Journalists in Washington, D.C.

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