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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: Recalling that innovative Loafer

Your Morning Matters: Recalling that innovative Loafer

At a forum Thursday, city leaders and residents addressed the unspoken reputation of their town — that Canfield is not welcoming to Black people.
Your Morning Matters: Mark Tuesday on your calendar

Your Morning Matters: Mark Tuesday on your calendar

Mahoning Valley businesses were approved for more than 1,000 individual Paycheck Protection Program loans, each between $150,000 and $10 million.
Your Morning Matters: Oh, the humanity

Your Morning Matters: Oh, the humanity

Health officials have said they can reiterate the state's guidance and urge people to wear masks, but they lack any direct enforcement powers.
Your Morning Matters: Seeking freedom for information

Your Morning Matters: Seeking freedom for information

If you are wondering what's going on in Trumbull County after it was singled out for a coronavirus surge right before last weekend, you are not alone.
Your Morning Matters: Ways to beat the heat

Your Morning Matters: Ways to beat the heat

Unsurprisingly, most of the coronavirus cases in Mahoning County come from the county's populous areas, like Boardman and Austintown.
Your Morning Matters: Some independence thoughts

Your Morning Matters: Some independence thoughts

Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday revealed Ohio's new approach for containing COVID-19: the Ohio Public Health Advisory System.
Your Morning Matters: Pause to consider the Civil Rights Act

Your Morning Matters: Pause to consider the Civil Rights Act

A new Mahoning County civil suit accuses a Youngstown steel fabrication plant of discriminatory employment practices.
Your Morning Matters: Sending out an SOS

Your Morning Matters: Sending out an SOS

If you've felt that flooding in your neighborhood was a little too frequent, you were probably right.
Your Morning Matters: Memories of the drive-in

Your Morning Matters: Memories of the drive-in

During a coronavirus briefing Monday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced nursing homes will be permitted to reopen for outdoor visitation starting July 20.
FROM THE EDITOR | When a year ago seems like yesterday and also a million years ago

FROM THE EDITOR | When a year ago seems like yesterday and also a million years ago

Last June 28, 2019, I learned my newspaper career would be over in 60 days. And I wondered about my media career, frankly. Here are some thoughts a year after The Vindicator's big announcement.