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Mark Sweetwood

Mark Sweetwood

Mark Sweetwood has spent 37 years working in the local news business. For more than a decade, he served as managing editor of The Vindicator. During that time, the Vindy staff was honored with many accolades including two first place general excellence awards as well as the coveted First Amendment Award from the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors. In addition to working with us, Mark teaches journalism at Youngstown State University.

Recent Work by Mark

Your Morning Matters: Shop Local! Give Hope!

Your Morning Matters: Shop Local! Give Hope!

COVID-19 cases continue to explode in Ohio, and Ohioans don't even have a full accounting of how bad this past week was.
Your Morning Matters: A word about my mental health

Your Morning Matters: A word about my mental health

Mahoning County commissioners’ “Mask Up Mahoning” campaign will coincide with a resolution for a stay-at-home advisory to be passed next week.
Your Morning Matters: Thinking about Lincoln

Your Morning Matters: Thinking about Lincoln

In the face of an unprecedented rise in COVID-19 cases, some local officials are shutting down their communities in order to stop the latest surge.
Your Morning Matters: Today’s theme: A theme!

Your Morning Matters: Today’s theme: A theme!

Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday unveiled the state's latest attempt to stem the exponential spread of the coronavirus.
Your Morning Matters: He was too a crook!

Your Morning Matters: He was too a crook!

On Wednesday, Youngstown City Council members could vote to spend about $350,000 to purchase two snowplows for the street department.
Your Morning Matters: No limit to kindness tips

Your Morning Matters: No limit to kindness tips

With 68 of Ohio’s 88 counties in “Level 3” or red, alarm bells are going off across the state. Trouble isn’t imminent; it’s here.
Your Morning Matters: Be kind — and lucky!

Your Morning Matters: Be kind — and lucky!

New coronavirus cases are beginning to take their toll on Valley fire departments.
Your Morning Matters: A kindness surge

Your Morning Matters: A kindness surge

During his prime-time televised address Wednesday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced the state would begin retightening COVID-19 restrictions.
Your Morning Matters: Suddenly, kindness rules!

Your Morning Matters: Suddenly, kindness rules!

Local officials couldn't speculate on what Gov. Mike DeWine’s message will be during his statewide address tonight.
Your Morning Matters: A concession connection

Your Morning Matters: A concession connection

Health care leaders said the situation in local hospitals is getting dire, and it's not necessarily visible to the public.