Jenn Abelson is an investigative reporter for the Boston Globe Spotlight Team and co-author of the memoir, "I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope " by Chessy Prout. In 2014, Chessy was a freshman at St. Paul's School, a prestigious boarding school in New Hampshire, when a senior boy sexually assaulted her as part of a ritualized game of conquest. Chessy broke her silence in 2016 to help other survivors know they are not alone and they have the right to have their voices heard. "I Have the Right To," published on March 6, 2018, can be ordered here and book events are here.
Jenn has worked as a reporter at the Boston Globe for 16 years. Her investigations have exposed sexual assault at prep schools in New England, sexual harassment at ESPN, and sexual misconduct in the modeling industry. She has also investigated doctors secretly performing two surgeries at the same time and the widespread mislabeling of fish in the restaurant industry. In 2015, she was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her work with the Spotlight Team on "Shadow Campus," a series about dangerous off-campus college housing. Jenn grew up in New York, attended Cornell University, and lives in Boston.