Jenifer McKim is a Senior Investigative Reporter and Senior Trainer at NECIR who focuses on social issues. Her stories on child fatalities and the state Department of Children and Families were awarded 2016 and 2014 Publick Occurrences awards from the New England Newspaper and Press Association and a 2016 Freedom of Information Award from the New England First Amendment Coalition. She was awarded a 2015 Publick Occurrences award for her stories on homeowner debt following the Great Recession.
Before joining NECIR in September, 2013, McKim worked as a social issues and business reporter at the Boston Globe, where she started in 2008. There she received a national 2011 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for a story on domestic sex trafficking of minors and a 2nd place 2013 Casey Medal nod for an investigation into a global child pornography network. McKim was a staff writer at the Orange County Register in California for ten years where she led a group of reporters to write about lead-tainted imported Mexican candies. The six-part series was a nominated finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.
McKim is a 2008 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She started her journalism career at the San Juan Star in Puerto Rico and speaks fluent Spanish.