Rachel Dissell

Senior Investigative Reporter • The Plain Dealer
Last edited October 18, 2019

Rachel Dissell is the senior investigative reporter at The Plain Dealer, where she's worked since 2002. Dissell has written investigative pieces that have changed laws, policies and public perceptions. Toxic Neglect, her series with Brie Zeltner uncovered Cleveland’s failure to investigate lead poisoning in children and sparked public conversation of how the problem could be solved. Dissell's reporting also led to the testing of 14,000 Ohio rape kits and more than 800 indictments in unprosecuted rape cases. Dissell is an adjunct professor at Kent State, her alma mater.

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