Posted: Sep 28 2017 04:04PM PDT
Updated: Dec 05 2017 03:24PM PST
I may be new to the Bay Area and California, however, I’m not new to exposing problems, uncovering corruption and working to spark change. Investigative reporting is my passion. Call me a watchdog, detective or just a nosy neighbor.
I was born and raised near Toledo, Ohio. My Midwestern roots gave me a taste of the city life, suburbia and a hardworking culture, which has always pushed me to be persistent, polite and unafraid to ask questions.
It’s exciting to do the job I love, in a place I love exploring. Bay Area people have been outstandingly kind and welcoming. I look forward to getting people to speak their mind, share their struggles and reveal the injustices in our community. Truthfully, I want to make a difference here.
Before making the move to KTVU FOX 2 in September, I was an investigator for four years at WSYX ABC 6 / WTTE FOX 28 in Columbus, Ohio. While there, my investigations lead to sweeping changes including a new law to greater protect Ohio firefighters from cancer, more flashing lights and speed limits in dozens of school zones, and a statewide review of how county prosecutors and sheriffs spend taxpayer money from the "Furtherance of Justice" funds. Additionally, I got some regular practice at the anchor desk.
My friends would tell you I’m very competitive. I’ve earned four regional Emmy awards, including two for issues in education like unenforced school zone laws and outdated or questionable disciplinary practices. I’m big on seeking the truth, being an advocate and reporting the facts. I call it real journalism. I’ve been honored to receive numerous Society of Professional Journalists’ awards for investigative, enterprise and consumer reporting.
Before 2013, I spent nearly four years at WSAZ NewsChannel 3 in Charleston, West Virginia. I was a jack-of-all-trades shooting video, reporting, producing, editing and anchoring.
I’m a proud honors graduate from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, where I first got my start at WOUB-TV in Athens, Ohio, and founded and served as executive producer for an in-depth news program.
In 2008, I earned a prestigious fellowship with the Brian Ross Investigative Unit at ABC News. I contributed to several investigative segments airing on Good Morning America, World News, 20/20 and Nightline. That’s when I knew I wanted to be an investigative journalist.
I can trace back my interest in television news, productions and journalism to my high school, St. John’s Jesuit. That’s also where I was introduced to the sport of rowing. I used to be a coach and can’t wait to get involved in crew in the Bay Area. Not to mention, the food, arts, and music scene are also right up my alley! I used to sing with the Columbus Symphony Chorus and am a former disc jockey.
I’m living in the East Bay and have a little dog named Rufus, who’s more outgoing than I even am. I have one younger brother, Tyler, who lives in Michigan and my parents still reside in Sylvania, Ohio.
If you have suggestions on where to eat, what to do, or more importantly an investigative tip for the 2 Investigates team, drop me a line at Brooks.Jarosz@FOXTV.com
See you on TV or in the community!