Doug Brown – Staff writer, Cleveland Scene

Contact: dbrown@clevescene.com (the easiest way to get in touch); 216.802.7207 (direct office number); 1468 West 9th St., Suite 805, Cleveland, OH 44113 (office mailing address); twitter.com/dougbrown8,, http://dougbrown8.tumblr.com/

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Doug Brown is a 25-year-old award-winning investigative reporter with a master’s degree in journalism and a passion for digging deep to uncover important stories that otherwise wouldn’t be told. Through a deep knowledge of public records laws and earning the trust of reluctant and vulnerable sources, he’s been able to expose corruption and wrongdoing of powerful officials at public institutions. He became a staff writer at Cleveland Scene in July 2013, having previously worked for Deadspin.com and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Brown earned a master’s degree in journalism (reporting/editing track, convergence media focus) from the Kent State School of Journalism & Mass Communication in the Summer of 2013 and was immediately hired as a full-time staff writer at Scene magazine, the alt-weekly paper in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, he’s published investigative features like how the feds orchestrated the biggest heroin bust in Cleveland’s history, the real reason for the “resignation” of the Cleveland Museum of Art director, and the corrupt judge and law director in in a Cleveland suburb and their involvement in prostitution ring. His profile of a local bookie (“Degenerate Inc.: The Paranoid and Obsessive Life of a Mid-Level Bookie“) was also a hit.

Prior to moving to Cleveland, Brown worked for Deadspin.com, writing several hugely successful investigative stories about college sports. His first major story for Deadspin was a Jan. 2013 piece on the abuse allegations surrounding Mike Leach’s Washington State football program (“‘Dangerously Excessive': How Washington State Football Confronted, And Didn’t Confront, The First Bad News Of The Mike Leach Era“). His most nationally-lauded story, a long piece on the secretly troubled tenure of the extremely successful University of Toledo running coach, was published a month later (“‘I’m Down For Drinks, Laughs, Sex': The Sexual Harassment Claims That Brought Down Toledo’s Running Coach”).

Brown also interned for the Cleveland Plain Dealer (Summer 2012), Outside Bozeman magazine (Summer 2009), and Crain’s Detroit Business (Summer 2008). His work for the Daily Kent Stater in 2012 won the following awards:

  • First place, Cleveland Press Club 2013 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Award (best print sports story, 4-year school)
  • First & second place, Cleveland Press Club 2013 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Award (best print story, 4-year school)
  • National finalist, Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award (in-depth reporting, large newspaper)
  • National finalist, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award (online in-depth porting, large)
  • National finalist, SPJ Mark of of Excellence Award (online sports reporting, large)
  • First & Second place – Region 4, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award (in-depth reporting, large newspaper)
  • First & Second place – Region 4, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award (online in-depth reporting, large)
  • First place – Region 4, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award (sports writing, large newspaper)
  • First place – Region 4, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award (online sports writing, large)
  • Third place – Region 4, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award (breaking news reporting, large newspaper)
  • Third place, 2012 Associated Collegiate Press Multimedia News Story of the Year