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Apr 14, 2010 
UWM grad wins Pulitzer Prize in journalism
Raquel Rutledge
Raquel Rutledge

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM) alumna Raquel Rutledge has won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for a series of articles she wrote for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealing fraud in Wisconsin’s child-care subsidy program.

Rutledge’s series, “Cashing In on Kids,” exposed mismanagement of the state’s taxpayer-subsidized child-care system that left it vulnerable to fraud and criminal activity. The articles led to a state and federal crackdown on providers and new laws to prevent future abuse of the program.

Rutledge, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from UWM in 1990, is a Milwaukee native. She worked for the Waukesha Freeman and the Colorado Springs Gazette before joining the Journal Sentinel in 2004.

The series has won a number of other national awards, including the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism and a George Polk Award.

Before becoming an investigative reporter at the paper, Rutledge wrote about a variety of topics, from ethanol to Iraq, as a general assignment reporter.

The 94th annual Pulitzer Prizes for journalism were recently announced by Columbia University.