Scripps Washington Bureau Scripps Howard investigative reporting fellow - Summer 2018 to present
The Palm Beach Post Data reporting intern - Spring 2018
NBC San Diego 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
Freelance Reporting, Data Analysis and Computer Programming
Sports Illustrated Wrote two investigative stories on University of Oregon's cover-up of a rape allegation against a basketball player
The Oregonian Chronicled a high school student's trials after reporting sexual harassment by his basketball teammates.
The Palm Beach Post Wrote investigative story revealing errors in gender equality data Florida Atlantic University submitted to U.S. government
Bridge Magazine Built computer programs to scrape data on Detroit judges jailing defendants for unpaid traffic fines
Eugene Weekly Wrote investigative, news feature and data stories
The Register-Guard Covered roughly a dozen high school sporting events
The San Jose Mercury News Covered Pac-12 college football game
New Mexico In-Depth Helped write computer programs to scrape data
Trusting News project Wrote computer programs to restructure datasets
UO School of Journalism and Communication Scraped, analyzed and fact-checked data for investigative projects
Kenny Jacoby is a reporter from Fremont, California, specializing in data and investigative journalism. Currently he’s an investigative reporting fellow for the Scripps Washington Bureau and Newsy, where he works on investigative documentaries.
Kenny's reporting as a student at University of Oregon earned him the 2017 Hearst Award and the 2016 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) student award. For Sports Illustrated, he revealed university officials’ efforts to cover up a rape allegation against Ducks basketball player Kavell Bigby-Williams. He also uncovered a pattern of violent behavior by star Oregon football player Pharaoh Brown, to which university and athletics officials turned a blind eye.
Kenny has used computer programming and data analysis to unearth stories hiding in plain sight. Web scraping programs he wrote in Python helped expose a system of routinely jailing Detroit residents over unpaid traffic fines, and a restaurant inspection system in San Diego that almost exclusively doled out ‘A’ grades. His analysis of municipal court records found police in Eugene, Oregon, disproportionately policed the homeless population for minor, nonviolent crimes. For The Palm Beach Post, he showed how the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office declined to investigate at least half of new leads produced from recently tested rape kits or interview a single suspect.
At the Scripps Washington Bureau, Kenny worked with reporters from Newsy, Reveal and ProPublica to show how many major U.S. police agencies inflate their clearance rates for the crime of rape using a little-known designation called “exceptional clearance,” which allows them to claim successes in investigations when they don’t arrest a suspect. Experts say the designation is supposed to be used sparingly, but the investigation identified dozens of police agencies that clear more rape cases exceptionally than by arrest. The reporting sparked a state audit in Texas and prompted the FBI to reform its system for collecting crime data from local police.
Kenny's stories have been featured in The Washington Post, USA Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Oregonian, The Times-Picayune, The Advocate, The Register-Guard, Willamette Week, NBC Sports, FOX Sports, Deadspin, Bleacher Report and other outlets.