reporter, Baltimore Sun
Penn was born in Washington, D.C. and attended the University of Maryland at College Park, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in Afro-American studies. He began his journalism career as a reporter and researcher at the Miami Herald in 1991, where he specialized in computer-assisted reporting. Since 1992 he has been a reporter at the Baltimore (Maryland) Sun, covering suburban news, courts, prisons, city hall and state government. Most recently he has been a member of the Sun’ s investigative team, producing stories on a range of issues, including stories about a rampant check counterfeiter in Maryland; the stories were awarded Best Public Service from the Associated Press and the Maryland-Delaware Press Association. He has been a longtime board member of the Diamondback, the University of Maryland’s daily student paper, where he was once editor-in-chief.
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