Freelance Reporting

  • Sports Illustrated  Wrote two investigative stories on University of Oregon's cover-up of a rape allegation against a basketball player
  • The Oregonian  Wrote about an Oregon school district's passive response to a student's sexual harassment allegation against his teammates
  • Bridge Magazine  Wrote computer programs to scrape court data for investigative story
  • Eugene Weekly  Wrote several news feature stories
  • San Jose Mercury News  Covered Pac-12 college football game
  • The Register-Guard  Covered more than a dozen high school sporting events

Job Experience

  • The Palm Beach Post  Data reporting intern (Spring 2018)
  • NBC 7 Investigates  Dow Jones News Fund data journalism intern (Summer 2017)
  • Daily Emerald  Sports editor and reporter (September 2014 to June 2017)
  • Eugene Weekly  Reporting intern (February to June 2017)
  • UO School of Journalism and Communication  Research assistant for professor Seth Lewis (January to December 2017)
  • Comcast SportsNet Bay Area  News intern (Summer 2016)

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 gained national recognition for his investigative scoops. He is a prolific FOIA requestor and proficient in Python programming, web scraping and data analysis.

Kenny's investigative work while a student at University of Oregon has earned him national awards. He won the 2016 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) award for revealing a pattern of violent acts committed by star Oregon football player Pharaoh Brown that were swept under the rug by the university. He won the 2017 Hearst Award for enterprise reporting after breaking 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 writing a series of stories in Sports Illustrated detailing how school officials' violated school and federal policy in handling the allegation and how the school's basketball coach and deputy Title IX coordinator covered it up. The story prompted a response and action from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden.

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 His analysis of elder abuse complaints in Oregon helped change a state law's outdated fine structure.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

Kenny's stories have been picked up by The Washington Post, USA Today, NBC Sports, Deadspin, Bleacher Report, The Oregonian, Willamette Week, The Register-Guard and other outlets. He currently serves as a data reporting intern for The Palm Beach Post in Florida.