Jack Rinehart

Q: Why did you decide to pursue television news as a career?
A:  I pursued a career in television sports. But the only opening they had was in news, so I took that. I'm glad I did.

Q: What was your first job?
A: I was the weekend anchor and news reporter in Peoria, Ill.

Q: What is on your DVR?
A: Nothing

Q: What is favorite way to spend a day off?
A: Fishing

Q: Most challenging part of your job?
A: Trying to stay ahead of my competition and fellow reporters at RTV6.

Q: Most memorable story you ever covered?
A: I have two memorable stories in my career at RTV6. The Mike Tyson rape story -- I broke the news of the investigation and covered the trial from the second row in the courtroom.
The second memorable story was the David Bisard drunk driving story and trial, largely because it involved a police officer and it took almost three years to get it to trial.

Q: Favorite book, movie?
A: Anything World War II. I have read extensively on that period in history.

Q: What’s on your iPod?
A: Don't have an iPod -- I listen exclusively to talk radio.

Q: What is something that would surprise people about you?
A: I think most people would be surprised to learn that I am an accomplished baker and cook.

Q: Best advice you ever got?
A: The best advice I ever got in this business was to keep a diary. I have kept one for more than 40 years.

Q: Favorite vacation spot?
A: Any place with water

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: I have a pet bulldog named Oliver. He also answers to Ollie and Pumpkie.

Q: Biggest pet peeve?
A: Distracted drivers

Q: When you have visitors to Indy where do you take them?
A: I like to show visitors the downtown monuments, the downtown canal and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a ride around the track.

Q: What electronic gadget can you not live without?
A: I couldn't live without my phone. I have nearly 1,650 names with office, cell, home phone numbers and email addresses.

Q: What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
A: The scariest thing I have ever done was cover the 1996 riots on the Indianapolis north side. The rioters were shooting at the police and also throwing Molotov cocktails at police. They also destroyed several businesses.

Q: Did you have a mentor in your career?
A: I've had several mentors in my career, not all of them in television news.

Q: If you weren’t in your current profession what would you be doing?
A: If I wasn't in television news, I would have been a financial planner.

Q: If you won the lottery what if the first thing you would do?
A: I would mail my phone back to RTV6 and disappear.

Q: If you could witness any event, past or present what would it be?
A: I would have been aboard the Enola Gay watching Col. Paul Tibbetts dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. It was the defining moment in fighting wars while ushering in the atomic age, for good and evil.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: My proudest achievement was raising two sons and getting them through college.

"If you don't go, you don't know," says RTV6 reporter Jack Rinehart. That's because Jack believes that viewers want pictures and accounts of events as they happen.

Rinehart also habitually writes down the details of all the stories he covers. "It's a way to keep track of what you've done, what you are doing, and measure progress," he said.

Rinehart is particularly proud that his reports have led to civic changes and reform. One public official resigned after Rinehart uncovered a possible conflict of interest. Another investigative report helped the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) track down a dangerous arsonist. The IFD later honored him for his assistance.

Rinehart also has been the first reporter to get stories on the air. "The proudest moment of my career was when I broke the Mike Tyson rape story," he said. He was awarded an Emmy for his coverage of the Tyson case.

Rinehart has received other honors as well. He received The Associated Press Best Feature Award in 1980 and was honored with the prestigious CASPER Award for spearheading the Gleaner's Food Bank drive at the Hoosier Dome in 1984. In 1985, he won The Associated Press Best Investigative Report Award and the Equal Opportunity Award presented by the African American community for changes made that corrected past discriminatory practices.

In addition to these awards, Rinehart highly values the "Sagamore of the Wabash" award, given to him by former Indiana governor Robert Orr.

Rinehart graduated from Bradley University in 1973 with a Bachelor's Degree in Speech. The news veteran came to RTV6 in 1975 after being an investigative reporter at WRAU-TV in Peoria, Illinois.

During his spare time he enjoys bike riding along the Monon Trail and watching high school sports. He also enjoys fishing and reading World War II era military history books. Rinehart lives in the Indianapolis area.

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