Documenters were back in action last week, and so was Cleveland City Council. In their first meeting since June, council members heard more than 50 pieces of legislation. Documenters also covered a tense Community Police Commission meeting and learned more about the Urban Forestry Commission’s plans to increase Cleveland’s tree canopy.

Listen to this week’s Public Meetings Report here:

The Documenters whose work contributed to this episode are:

  • Andrew Kenneson
  • Breana Smith
  • Chau Tang 
  • Tim Zelina
  • JB Bergin
  • Christina Easter
  • Emma Sedlak
  • Stesia Swain
  • Marvetta Rutherford

Their work has been compiled this week by Cleveland Documenters’ Doug-Breehl-Pitorak and Anastazia Vanisko. The Public Meetings Report is produced by Gennifer Harding-Gosnell.

Learn how to become a Cleveland Documenter ⁠here⁠. The next Cleveland Documenters orientation is Thursday, September 21, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

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Other Info: 

The Public Meetings Report is a weekly audio rundown of what happened in local government meetings here in Greater Cleveland – in five minutes or less! The show is based on the work of Cleveland Documenters – residents like you who are trained and paid to document these meetings for the public. Produced by Signal Cleveland, Cleveland Documenters and WOVU 95.9 FM

Cleveland Documenters pays and trains people to cover public meetings where government officials discuss important issues and decide how to spend taxpayer money.

Gennifer Harding-Gosnell, Freelance Audio Producer(she/her)
Gennifer is a news writer returning to her first love, radio. She holds a MA in Journalism from Kingston University in the UK, and has spent the last couple years as a Cleveland Documenter.

Managing Editor, Community (he/they)
Lawrence, a 2022 Stanford JSK Community Impact Fellow, was most recently field coordinator for Cleveland Documenters, where they led the recruitment of more than 600 Greater Cleveland residents. They bring a wealth of knowledge about journalism, civic engagement and technology. Lawrence has worked in non-commercial media for over 28 years, including 11 years at Ideastream where they focused on civic engagement and media production.