FORA.tv Speaker - Raquel Rutledge
Raquel Rutledge is an investigative reporter with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Watchdog Team and has spent the past two years uncovering widespread fraud in Wisconsin' child-care subsidy program. Her recent series "Cashing in on Kids" exposed a trail of phony companies, fake reports and shoddy oversight costing taxpayers millions of dollars. The stories prompted sweeping reforms of the program, new laws and a crackdown on unscrupulous child-care providers . Regulators cut public funding to more than 200 providers suspected of cheating the program and several have been sent to prison. The "Cashing in on Kids" series won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting as well as a George Polk Award, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism and others.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Rutledge joined the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel staff in 2004 from the Colorado Springs Gazette, where she spent nearly seven years covering education, the military and city hall.
04.08.11 | 01:42:39 min
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