Meet the Pueblo Chieftain’s New Public Safety Reporter

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Hello everyone, my name is Justin Reutter and I am the new Public Safety Reporter for the Pueblo Chieftain.

I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio where I have spent most of my life and attended the University of Cincinnati.

UC is where I found my passion for journalism and where I wrote for UC’s “The News Record”, the university’s student newspaper.

During my time at the news newspaper as a reporter and then editor, I wrote about everything from the UC Title IX crisis to the trial of a UC cop in the shooting death of Sam Dubose, and it was around this time that I found out that I wanted to continue doing journalism for the rest of my life.

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After graduating in December 2017, I worked at a variety of jobs, from warehouse work to pizza delivery driver, before being hired by the Chillicothe Gazette, a small newspaper in Appalachia, Ohio, in August 2019.

During my time in Chillicothe, I grew a lot as a journalist and as a person. Over two and a half years, I spent time documenting a small town of 20,000 people in their struggles and successes, such as the community’s efforts to address opiate addiction and the debate over designation of a local waterway as a “scenic” river, and a series of deaths at the Ross County Jail.

I have also attended several important trials, hammer after hammer, documenting the evidence presented and the results for the community.

I won an Ohio Division 1 Associated Press Award for my coverage of an investigation into a community leader and local CEO who sexually assaulted multiple boys in the 80s and 90s.

My work led to his dismissal from his job at a local telecommunications company and the community took notice of him.

I also take pride in developing relationships, not only with the local police, sheriff, district attorney’s office, etc., but also with the community as a whole.

I moved to Colorado in January out of a desire to experience a new city and state, and to see more of the Rocky Mountains.

While in Pueblo, I hope to continue to improve myself every day as a journalist and to build new relationships with the city and the community.

Other things about me: I’m a self-proclaimed “geek” who loves science fiction and fantasy like Star Wars and Warhammer, is an avid (video) gamer (The Witcher 3 is probably my favorite game), and plays Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder every week with friends.

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If you have any questions, comments, or story tips, contact me at [email protected] Follow me on Twitter @jayreutter1.

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