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Jenifer McKim

Senior Investigative Reporter and Senior Trainer
617.531.1685 ext 702 (office) / 310.435.5376 (cell)

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.

Latest Articles

Foreclosure sign

For too many people, the ‘recovery’ never happened

Frances Louis unlawfully walked into an unlocked vacant townhouse in Roxbury in 2009 claiming that the new owners owed her a moral debt to...

Aging and dying in prison

A Massachusetts state prison is expanding the graveyard where it buries inmates who die in custody, one consequence of the state's huge increase in...

Massachusetts Senate passes bill to combat illicit massage businesses

The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill aimed at fighting human trafficking in illicit massage businesses across the state.

AG wants investigation of Bristol sheriff

Attorney General Maura Healey is calling for an investigation into the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office, citing concerns about suicides and allegations of “harsh or...

Department Of Correction Rejects First ‘Compassionate Release’ Petition For Dying Inmate

The Massachusetts Department of Correction has denied the medical parole request of a 31-year-old state prison inmate diagnosed with terminal cancer, the first ruling...

Murder at Souza prison: Are elderly inmates at risk?

By Jenifer B. McKim and K. Sophie Will William S. Sires, a 72-year-old convicted murderer, was walking with a cane in a maximum-security prison in...

The high cost of seriously ill inmates

Raymond Wallace is likely one of the most expensive county jail inmates in Massachusetts ever. The 41-year-old detainee has been awaiting trial and held on...

With aging prison population, Massachusetts looks to possible cost-saving, compassionate fix

Beyond the barbed wire of a state prison, down a dirt road marked with “no trespassing” signs, lies a hill dotted with PVC-pipe crosses...

Jury clears former inmate in 1982 rape, awards him $5 million in damages

More than 35 years after Kevin O’Loughlin was convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl in Framingham, a jury on Tuesday found the gourmet food...

Former inmate seeks compensation after conviction vacated

Kevin O’Loughlin was convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl in Framingham in April 1982, a horrific crime he always insisted he didn’t commit. Three years...