Jared is an investigative journalist with 15 years' experience at the New Zealand Herald and Herald on Sunday, with a special interest in organised crime and the drug trade. He has won a dozen national and international journalism awards, including five for crime reporting or feature writing, and has been twice named Reporter of the Year. He was also awarded the prestigious Hegarty Award at the 2015 PANPA awards in Sydney as the outstanding young news publishing executive.
His career started at a suburban Auckland newspaper in 2004, before joining the Herald on Sunday in 2006 and moving to the NZ Herald in 2009. He has written about education, health, local body politics, and sport, as well as reporting on the natural disasters of the Christchurch earthquakes and the tsunami in Samoa.
As well as reporting, Jared has held senior roles in the Herald newsroom including assistant chief reporter, investigations editor, and assistant editor. In 2016, Jared moved back to his hometown of Tauranga with his wife and two young children, where he continues to work for the Herald remotely.
More recently, Jared was a producer on Fighting the Demon: Inside New Zealand’s Meth Crisis, a feature length documentary released in May 2019, and the author of Gangland (HarperCollins NZ) published in December 2020.
Jared Savage at DWRF 2021:
NZ Crime – What’s Going On?