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Elizabeth Suman

Coming to Baltimore as a transplant has allowed me to understand the city in a unique way.

Elizabeth Suman is a freelance journalist who recently declined a high-paying job collecting 2010 data for the United States Census Bureau in order to come to Baltimore and write for The Brew, where she covers crime, housing, culture, and various Baltimore oddities. Suman recently finished providing biographical materials and preliminary interviews for Vanity Fair's features on Bernard Madoff, Clark Rockefeller, David Letterman, and Tiger Woods. She also conducted research for "Wildflower," a recent Random House release about the life and murder of wildlife conservationist Joan Root. When in New York City, Suman is a freelance reporter for The Daily Beast, where she covers film and television premieres. Until recently, she wrote regularly for Nerdabout, Discovery Channel's blog about art and technology in New York City. At The Brew, Suman works hard to cover angles traditional outlets don't always catch, such as the anti-violence efforts of the Waverly neighborhood in response to recent murders. Suman grew up in Seattle and graduated Summa Cum Laude in writing and urban studies from NYU in 2006. Last year, she completed the Columbia Publishing Course at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

  • July 31, 2015

    • Denita N. Hill hit upon a simple scheme to defraud the City of Baltimore. From her position as an accountant at the Finance Department’s payroll services bureau, she reissued “lost” employee checks to a friend, who then forged their names and deposited the checks into his own account. What made the scheme possible, according to […]

  • July 30, 2015

    • The city jail, a forbidding fixture of the East Baltimore skyline for more than 150 years, may be torn down under a plan announced this afternoon by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. Calling the facility “a disgrace” and “deplorable,” Hogan said the state facility would be shut down as soon as possible. The roughly 900 male […]

  • July 29, 2015

    • After weeks of stewing over Gov. Larry Hogan’s rejection of the Red Line, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today said she has authorized the city’s transportation director to start looking for alternatives to the $2.9 billion light-rail plan. Asked for specifics, the mayor said just about everything is up in the air except her goal to “improve […]

  • July 27, 2015

  • July 26, 2015

    • It was the classic source of guns for a gun swap – family-owned firearms lying around the house, gathering dust and making their owners vaguely nervous. “My father passed away and I didn’t want them in my house, I wanted to get rid of them anyway,” said Baltimore resident Mitch Radford, Sr.,  at the “Computers […]

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