Kenny Jacoby is a watchdog and data journalist from Fremont, California, and a University of Oregon student. Currently working in San Diego as the Dow Jones News Fund data intern for NBC 7 Investigates, he's previously served as the sports editor for The Daily Emerald, a reporting intern for Eugene Weekly, a freelancer for The Register-Guard and a news intern for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. He spent three years as a computer science and mathematics student before changing his major to journalism.
Jacoby won the 2017 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) national award for investigative reporting at a small university after revealing a series of violent acts committed by star Oregon football player Pharaoh Brown. He broke the story of Oregon basketball player Kavell Bigby-Williams playing the 2016-17 basketball season while under criminal investigation for an alleged sexual assault.
Jacoby's stories have been featured in The Washington Post (twice), USA Today, Willamette Week, Deadspin, The Register-Guard, The Times-Picayune, The Advocate, The Albany Democrat-Herald, Bleacher Report and Awful Announcing. The Oregon athletic department's threats to pull his credentials have been covered in The Register-Guard, The Oregonian and Deadspin. His battles with UO for public records have been written about in the The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Register-Guard. He's been featured as a panelist in Richard Deitsch's media column in Sports Illustrated (twice).