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David Mitchell, a muckraker, passed away on October 26 at his home in Point Reyes Station, California. He was 79 years old. Mitchell gained recognition for his work in challenging the violent drug rehabilitation cult Synanon through his newspaper, The Point Reyes Light. The publication won a Pulitzer Prize for its in-depth coverage of the cult. Mitchell’s involvement in a libel suit brought by Synanon also led to the advancement of rights for investigative reporters. Despite facing financial struggles, Mitchell’s dedication to journalism allowed The Point Reyes Light to achieve significant recognition for its courageous reporting. Mitchell’s legacy demonstrates the power and importance of local journalism.

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