Jenn Abelson

Washington, D.C.

Investigative reporter

Education: Cornell University, BS Communications

Jenn Abelson joined the The Washington Post in January 2019 and was part of the team that was recognized in 2020 as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its investigation into America’s deadly opioid epidemic. Before joining the Post, she previously worked as an investigative reporter for the Boston Globe Spotlight Team and co-authored the book, "I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope." Jenn has investigated sexual assault at private schools in New England, sexual harassment at ESPN and sexual misconduct in the modeling in
Latest from Jenn Abelson

    What to know about no-knock warrants

    Amir Locke and Breonna Taylor were killed while police executed no-knock warrants. Here’s what to know about the practice that allows officers to force entry.

    May 27, 2022

    When the sheriff waged a war on drugs in a Mississippi county

    An investigation into no-knock raids in Mississippi revealed allegations that the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office had abused its power and trampled on the rights of residents.

    May 11, 2022

      5 takeaways from The Post’s investigation into no-knock warrants

      Police carrying out no-knocks have killed at least 22 people since 2015. The Post’s investigation revealed that these warrants can be easy for police to obtain from judges.

      May 5, 2022

      Episode 6: "You having citizens getting shot, and you having police getting shot."

      No-knocks are risky for people on both sides of the door. How did we get here – and what does the future look like?

      May 4, 2022

      Episode 5: "What about my house? What'd you find there?"

      A multi-house no-knock raid — and the drugs police say they seized.

      April 27, 2022

      “Broken Doors,” Episode 3

      Face to face with a sheriff and a judge.

      April 22, 2022

      Episode 4: "The blink of an eye"

      The minutes between approval for a no-knock warrant and a deadly raid.

      April 20, 2022

      “Broken Doors,” Episode 2

      A family confronts a sheriff after a deadly no-knock raid.

      April 15, 2022

      No-knock raids have led to fatal encounters and small drug seizures

      The dangerous tactic has grown as judges routinely authorize requests for the raids, which police say can prevent violence and preserve evidence.

      April 15, 2022

        What Breonna Taylor’s killing reveals about police use of no-knock warrants

        At least 22 people were killed by police carrying out no-knock warrants nationwide since 2015, according to a Post investigation.

        April 14, 2022