Freelance Reporting

  • Sports Illustrated  Wrote two investigative stories on University of Oregon's Title IX failures
  • The Register-Guard  Covered 13 high school sporting events on nightly deadline
  • Eugene Weekly  Wrote four news feature stories
  • Bridge Magazine  Wrote computer programs to scrape court data for investigative story
  • San Jose Mercury News  Covered Pac-12 college football game
  • Vocativ  Pitched and wrote data-driven stories on college football
  • The East Oregonian  Covered youth sporting events

Job Experience

  • NBC 7 Investigates  Wrote six data and investigative stories as Dow Jones News Fund data journalism intern 
  • Daily Emerald  Wrote nearly 300 investigative, breaking news, game and feature stories as sports editor and reporter
  • Eugene Weekly  Wrote 13 news, data, feature and investigative stories
  • School of Journalism and Communication  Wrote web scrapers to collect data for journalism professor Seth Lewis' research
  • Comcast SportsNet Bay Area  News intern assisting with in-studio production

Kenny Jacoby is an investigative and data reporter from Fremont, California. A journalism school graduate of University of Oregon with a background in computer science and mathematics, he has scooped national investigative stories, is a prolific FOIA requestor and is proficient in Python programming, web scraping and data mining and analysis.

Kenny's investigative work while a student at University of Oregon has earned him national recognition. He won the 2016 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 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, then followed with an investigation in Sports Illustrated about school officials' failure to follow policy in handling the allegation. The story prompted a action from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and won first place in the 2017 Hearst Journalism Awards enterprise reporting category.

Kenny's has also done the data work on several investigative stories serving the public interest. His analysis of municipal court records revealed that more than 35 percent of tickets written by Eugene police for minor crimes were issued to homeless people, despite them accounting for no more than 2 percent of the population, and his analysis of elder abuse complaints prompted change to a law's outdated fine structure. His web scraping helped expose a group of judges in Detroit who routinely jailed people over unpaid traffic fines and a controversial restaurant inspection system in San Diego in which 99 percent of routine inspections resulted in 'A' grades.

Kenny's stories have been picked up by The Washington Post, USA Today, Willamette Week, Deadspin, Bleacher Report and other outlets. His work holding powerful figures at University of Oregon accountable has been featured in IRE Journal, The Register-Guard and The Oregonian by columnist John Canzano.