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Raquel Rutledge

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Investigative Reporter

Raquel Rutledge is an investigative reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel where she covers a variety of subjects from health and science to crime and taxes. Her investigation into fraud in Wisconsin’s day care subsidy program won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. The “Cashing in on Kids” series was also recognized with the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and a George Polk Award, among others. Rutledge spent the 2011-‘12 academic year on a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University studying food regulation and its impact on public health. In 2012, she led an investigation into a local company responsible for tainted alcohol wipes linked to the death of a 2-year-old boy. The series, "Shattered Trust," won a Gerald Loeb Award and other national accolades. More recently, Rutledge has uncovered how a chemical known to cause deadly lung disease is endangering coffee workers and those who use e-cigarettes. That series, “Gasping for Action,” has been awarded two top prizes from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and a 2016 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.