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Launched in 2020, Cleveland Documenters are a team of 600 Greater Cleveland residents representing almost every ZIP code in the county. They are trained and paid to take notes at public meetings for you. Cleveland Documenters are generally going to meetings that are otherwise uncovered, playing a vital part in holding government officials accountable.

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Lila Mills, Editor-in-Chief

Born and raised in Cleveland, Lila Mills is the veteran local journalist and community builder who established Cleveland Documenters before becoming the founding Editor in Chief of Signal Cleveland. Mills is leading the Signal Cleveland team to produce a new kind of community-oriented, quality, public service journalism for all of Greater Cleveland’s communities.

Mark Naymik, Managing Editor, News

Mark Naymik is an Emmy-award winning journalist who spent decades as a reporter and metro columnist at The Plain Dealer, Cleveland.com, WKYC-TV, and Cleveland Scene. As Managing Editor, News, he leads a team of beat reporters who are holding power accountable to Cleveland residents, and uncovering stories that impact Cleveland’s future.

Lawrence Caswell, Managing Editor, Community

Lawrence Caswell is a respected community builder and a Stanford JSK Community Impact Fellow, who worked at Ideastream for more than 10 years. They led the recruitment of more than 500 residents to Cleveland Documenters before becoming Signal Cleveland’s Managing Editor, Community, to build the newsroom’s community reporting program and practices.


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