Kenny Jacoby is a freelance data and watchdog reporter from Fremont, California. He's served as the Dow Jones News Fund data journalist for NBC 7 Investigates, the sports editor for the Daily Emerald, a freelance reporter for Eugene Weekly and The Register-Guard and a news intern for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. A journalism major with a background in computer science and mathematics, he's proficient in mining data, scraping websites and programming in Python.
Kenny 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. In June 2017, he broke the news that Oregon basketball player Kavell Bigby-Williams played for the Ducks in the Final Four while under criminal investigation for an alleged sexual assault. He's analyzed the data for investigative stories about the criminalization of homelessness in Eugene, a debtor's prison system in Detroit and outdated Oregon laws that enable nursing homes to abuse residents with little or no consequence.
Kenny's stories have been picked up by The Washington Post (twice), USA Today, Willamette Week, Deadspin and other outlets. The Oregon athletic department's threats to pull his credentials made headlines 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.