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Joan Jacobson

Joan Jacobson is the co-author of “Wised Up,” the 2004 memoir of FBI informant Charlie Wilhelm, and the first book about Baltimore organized crime. She also co-authored an investigative series for The Daily Record about the stalled multi-million dollar East Baltimore Development project and wrote seven research studies for The Abell Foundation, including an analysis of the shortcomings of the City’s tax sale system and its Vacants to Value program. Previously, for 28 years, she reported for The Evening Sun and The Baltimore Sun, covering everything from cops and obits to investigative stories about misused poverty and housing funds, as well as millions of dollars in unpaid loans and tax breaks given by City Hall to politically-connected developers. She was also a longtime leader of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild’s Sun Unit.