Dave Davis & Joan Mazzolini


Dave Davis teaches at Youngstown State University where he is the first-ever Journalism Fellow, a sort of journalist in residence. He worked for 24 years at The Plain Dealer, mostly as a reporter, before leaving the newspaper in July, 2013, with about 50 colleagues. He has been honored with an Investigative Reporters & Editors Inc. Medal, a Polk Award, and the Heywood Broun Award, and twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, among others. Davis received a bachelor’s degree in English from The Colorado College and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Joan Mazzolini worked for nearly 19 years at The Plain Dealer, where she won numerous national awards. Mazzolini was honored with an Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. Medal for her work on discrimination at golf clubs. For other stories, she has received the Heywood Broun Award, a Polk Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, among other honors. Mazzolini received a bachelor's degree in business administration from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.



Dave Davis & Joan Mazzolini's Book

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PLAIN DEALING: CLEVELAND JOURNALISTS TELL THEIR STORIES (2018): Plain Dealing is a book of essays by 25 accomplished Cleveland-area journalists. It's a book of stories, many never told before. It's a first-person account of journalism in Cleveland, life in the newsroom, the issues and events these journalists covered, and the characters they worked with and met. The stories begin in the 1950s and go up to 2013, covering the post-World War II era through the days when Cleveland was a three daily newspaper city, then two, then one. The book ends with the mass layoffs and resulting decline that ushered in the "digital-first" age.

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