Jared Rutecki is an investigative/special projects reporter and Producer for Chicago Tonight on WTTW PBS Chicago. He creates stories on state and local government matters, including topics such as pensions, payroll and crime. He was previously an investigative reporter and data coordinator with the Better Government Association/Illinois Answers Project. Jared was a Center for Health Journalism National Health Fellow at the University of Southern California in 2021. His Fellowship project explored dysfunction in Chicago's court system. As a web producer at The Columbus Dispatch for nine years, he produced video, wrote stories, developed applications and managed the content for a variety of sites with an emphasis on breaking news. He began his career as a web producer at ThisWeek News, managing content for 24 community newspapers. He received his B.A. in journalism from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio and his M.S. in journalism with an emphasis in new media from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.