Gary Peterson is a long time investigative reporter that has been working on the Jodi Huisentruit case since 2003. Gary has nearly 40 years of experience as a News Director and Investigative Reporter. He was a crime reporter on the north side of Minneapolis working for KSTP which required working the streets 24 hours a day. He has a unique ability to take on a story and to follow it through to the end. Many of his stories have broken cases that have been cold for several years. Gary knows the insides of the crime beat as well as the court system which gives him the advantage over other reporters in the field. If there is something wrong, Gary will find it. His tenacity and dedication to the Jodi Huisentruit case will hopefully result in new evidence and increased interest in this case that has baffled authorities for over 15 years.
Gary is certified by the Air Force in ground search and rescue techniques and procedures. He is also a Medico/Legal Death Scene Investigator for the Minnesota Regional Medical Examiners Office. He is a former member of Texas EquuSearch assisting in locating missing people worldwide. He has worked on the Caylee Anthony case in Orlando and the disappearance of Stacey Peterson in Chicago. Gary’s expertise in conducting searches and following up leads makes him a valuable resource when searching for missing persons and solving cold cases.
Gary has earned an Eric Sevareid Award and has received an Emmy nomination for “The Huisentruit File”. He is also a recipient of an Emmy for his role as a television News Director.
He also has an extensive background in Emergency Management, being a former City and County Emergency Management Director. In 2001 he received the Department of Emergency Management “State Volunteer of the Year” award for his assistance and leadership in coordinating communications facilities for the State of Minnesota during Y2K.