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Scenes from a park in East Baltimore whose name has recently been changed. Photos by Lee McCardell Kennedy (left) and William F. Zorzi

Every year, the Institute for Nonprofit News releases a list of the best stories that appeared on nonprofit news websites over the course of the year.

Here at Maryland Matters, we’re proud to be one of more than 200 members of INN — and pleased that one of our stories from this year was included in the latest compendium, The Best of Nonprofit News 2019.

Selected this year, in the category of Local Investigations: William F. Zorzi’s incomparable article about the renaming of a park in East Baltimore.

This was more than just a story about a park, of course: It was a tour de force look at a neighborhood’s transformation — its political history, the industries that drove its economy, its religious institutions and demographic changes.

William F. Zorzi

The article featured important Baltimore historical figures — some long-forgotten, others whose forebears are striving to keep them from being forgotten. And it weaved in the politics of the past and the present as only a veteran observer of Baltimore like Zorzi can provide.

If you appreciated Zorzi’s article — and it was one of our best-read stories of the year — if you have come to depend on us for our comprehensive and innovative coverage of state and local government and politics, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Maryland Matters. Thanks to our affiliation with the Institute for Nonprofit News, donations we receive up to $1,000 between now and Dec. 31 will be doubled by a combination of foundations that support INN’s work through the NewsMatch program.

We’re expanding our staff — and our coverage — in 2020. Great journalism takes hard work and good people doing that work. Please be part of our effort to keep Maryland Matters’ mission of honest, aggressive and thought-provoking reporting alive and shining brightly.

We hope you enjoy the reprint of Zorzi’s piece. And we hope you’ll take the time to look over some of the other excellent work being produced by nonprofit news websites.

Thank you for reading!







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