Rachel Dissell

Rachel Dissell was a reporter for The Plain Dealer from 2002 until 2020. Her investigative pieces have changed laws, policies, hearts and minds. Her series, Johanna: Facing Forward, won the 2008 Dart Award, and her story, Case Closed, won the 2020 Dart Award.

Rachel's Latest Articles

“She was just ready to turn her life around” – Advocates and trans community remember the life of Tierramarie Lewis

Tierramarie Lewis had the drive to be one of the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland’s success stories. She came to Cleveland for a fresh start last year, but on June 12, police responding to a gunshot report found Lewis face down on the ground. Lewis’ death is weighing on the hearts and minds of those who tried to help her avoid the fate of far too many Black transgender women in Ohio and across the county.

Slavic Village effort takes HIV prevention to the neighborhood level in hopes of reversing trend

On a crisp fall day, a small group of masked community researchers fanned out on the streets of Slavic Village to ask residents a few questions about their sex lives. The effort was one part of a plan to understand why the Cleveland neighborhood has seen higher levels of new HIV cases diagnosed over the past five years, despite an overall downward trend in Cuyahoga County.

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