If you follow The Sun, you’ve undoubtedly read Justin George’s superb crime coverage and Erica Green’s in-depth, relentless education reporting. Sadly for the newspaper’s readers and fans of both journalists, each announced today that they are leaving Baltimore for high-profile reporting jobs down the Beltway.

Justin George, who’s been with the newspaper for more than four years, revealed this morning on Instagram that he’s been hired away by The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news outlet based in New York with offices in Washington D.C. (His partner-in-crime reporting, Justin Fenton, sort of broke the news of his departure last night via Twitter.) He’ll cover criminal justice, politics, street violence and policing trends in our region as a Washington correspondent and national reporter for the nonprofit, he said.

“Yesterday was my final day at The Baltimore Sun. My 4.5 years at there were among the most rewarding of my career,” George wrote. “I got to cover the Freddie Gray case, appeared in ‘Serial’ & broke some ground on the intractable issue of gun violence. Blessed to have been in such a tough, smart newsroom.”

Green is also leaving Baltimore for D.C. to cover education for The New York Times. She announced her departure this morning via Twitter, much to the dismay of Baltimore City Schools parents and others who have enjoyed watching her keep close tabs on the city’s troubled school system for years.

I’ve been scooped! I am thrilled to be taking the heart and soul Baltimore has instilled in me to the @nytimes‘ education team. https://t.co/NCn1fkIwtx

— Erica L. Green (@EricaLG) March 3, 2017

She noted she’ll still have plenty to cover in Baltimore and Maryland schools, given her proximity to Charm City from her new job.

George came to Baltimore by way of the esteemed Tampa Bay Times in 2012. He also previously worked for the Newport News Daily Press and the Boulder Daily Camera. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Green has been covering city schools since 2010, and previously covered crime for the Chicago Sun-Times. She has a bachelor’s degree from Goucher College and a master’s from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...