Kenny Jacoby is a reporter specializing in investigative and data journalism. His investigative stories on the topics of sexual assault and sports, often at the intersection of the two, have been recognized with multiple national awards, including a Hearst award for exposing his alma mater’s cover-up of a star athlete’s rape allegation, an IRE award for uncovering violent acts by an NFL-bound tight end, and a Scripps Give Light Award for exposing how police departments inflate clearance rates for the crime of rape. His work has been featured in The Washington Post, USA TODAY, Deadspin, The Chronicle of Higher Education, NBC Sports, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, The Oregonian, The Register-Guard, Willamette Week, The Times-Picayune, The Advocate and other news outlets.
With a background in computer science and discrete mathematics, Kenny is adept at Python programming, data analysis and scraping data from websites and PDFs. Prior to his current role with Scripps’ national investigative team as part of the inaugural class of Scripps Howard Journalism Fellows, Kenny worked as a data reporter for The Palm Beach Post and NBC San Diego investigative teams and a news reporter for Eugene Weekly. As a freelancer, he has written enterprise stories for Sports Illustrated and The Oregonian, covered local news and sports for The San Jose Mercury News and The Eugene Register-Guard, and built complex web-scraping programs for Bridge Magazine and Catalyst Journalism Project, among other news organizations. A native of Fremont, California, and graduate of the University or Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, he is currently based in Washington, D.C.