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

Family to settle lawsuit over deadly no-knock raid in Mississippi

The family of a Mississippi man killed by sheriff’s deputies during a no-knock raid has agreed to settle a lawsuit months after The Post investigated the case.

September 30, 2022

Death penalty dropped for man charged in botched no-knock raid

The dangerous tactic drew scrutiny after a 2020 police raid killed Breonna Taylor. A Post investigation found the raids yield few drugs and often turn fatal.

September 26, 2022

Broken Doors, Episode 4

In the fourth episode of the “Broken Doors” podcast, we explore the minutes between approval for a no-knock warrant — and a deadly raid.

September 2, 2022

Broken Doors, Episode 3

In the third episode of the “Broken Doors” podcast, we come face to face with a sheriff and a judge.

September 1, 2022

Broken Doors, Episode 2

In the second episode of the “Broken Doors” podcast, a family confronts a sheriff after a deadly no-knock raid.

August 31, 2022

Broken Doors, Episode 1

An unusual warrant. A pattern of questionable no-knock raids. A reporting thread that just kept going. “Broken Doors” is an investigative podcast series from The Washington Post, hosted by Jenn Abelson and Nicole Dungca.

August 30, 2022

No-knock warrants, revisited

Today on “Post Reports,” we revisit the use of one of the most intrusive and dangerous tools in policing: no-knock warrants.

August 29, 2022

    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