Jenn is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and investigative reporter for the Boston Globe's Spotlight Team. She has exposed sexual abuse at private schools, surgeons secretly operating on two patients at the same time, and dangerous college housing.
Beauty and the Ugly Truth
The fashion industry is built on glamour and allure, but many models, especially the very young, know it for something else: sexual exploitation and abuse. More than 50 models spoke to the Globe Spotlight Team about sexual misconduct they experienced on the job, from inappropriate touching to assault.
Flight Plan for Failure
The FAA was warned in 2009 that people with terrorist ties were licensed to fly and repair aircraft. Eight years later, it is, incredibly, still the case. The flawed airman licenses are part of a troubling pattern of lax oversight of more than 1 million FAA-approved airmen — including pilots, mechanics, flight attendants, and other aviation personnel — that has made the agency vulnerable to fraud, and the public vulnerable to those who mean to do harm, a Spotlight Team review has found. The Society of Business Editors and Writers gave the series an honorable mention in investigative reporting,
Private Schools, painful secrets
In a year-long investigation, Jenn and the Spotlight Team found 110 private schools in New England have faced allegations of sex abuse by employees over the past 25 years, affecting more than 300 hundred students. Even more troubling, the Spotlight Team discovered that many of these schools systematically covered up the abuse -- failing to report it to authorities, signing confidential settlements with survivors, retaliating against victims or teachers who complained, and writing recommendation letters to help teachers quietly move on to new schools. Jenn interviewed more than 100 survivors and also exposed egregious cases where schools mishandled complaints of students assaulting other students at prestigious institutions like Phillips Exeter Academy. The series was a finalist for the 2017 Dart Award and the 2017 Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics.
Clash in the name of care
Jenn and the Spotlight Team revealed for the first time how surgeons are secretly operating on two patients at the same time at Massachusetts General Hospital and other top hospitals around the country. The 2015 investigation led to state and federal probes and changes in the medical industry. The Scripps Howard Awards named it a finalist in investigative reporting in March 2016. The project also received honors from the Investigative Reporters & Editors Award, the National Headliner Awards, the Association of Healthcare Journalists, and The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation.
This 2014 series was nominated as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in public service for revealing how a collision of greed, neglect, and mismanagement is endangering the lives of young people in America's college capital. Jenn wrote the first-day story reconstructing the fire that killed Boston University student Binland Lee. The series was also named a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and the American Society of News Editors Local Accountability Reporting Award.
This two-year investigation was one of the first in the nation to uncover widespread fish mislabeling at restaurants. The series received awards in 2012 from the National Press Club, the Society for Features Journalism, the National Headliner Competition, the Society of Business Editors and Writers, and the Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers. Jenn was nominated as finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for her work on this series.
A 2010 investigation of the exploitation of immigrant workers at the Upper Crust Pizzeria chain resulted in federal inquiries and the company ultimately filing for bankruptcy protection. The project won two awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the National Headliner Competition for Business News Coverage.