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Tuesday, May 18, 2021 "Data Guru" Rich Exner Promoted to Editor Role, More Moves on Horizon

Posted By on Tue, May 18, 2021 at 12:44 PM

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Rich Exner,'s enterprising data journalist who has been responsible for some of the publication's most important and illuminating work in recent years, including his popular Coronavirus mapping, has been promoted.

Exner announced on social media Tuesday that he would be moving into an editor role, overseeing a team of reporters on various business and economic development beats.  Chris Quinn, editor of, told Scene via email that while he was not in a position to discuss Exner's move just yet, it would be the first in "a series of interlocking steps" at the publication. More personnel and organizational shifts can be expected in the coming weeks.

Until then, have a look at Exner's eye-opening numbers on the low vote totals needed in recent years to advance in Cleveland's Mayoral election.

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