Jennifer Gollan joins San Francisco Chronicle as investigative reporter

Award-winning journalist has reported on intimate partner violence, caregiver exploitation and deaths in the North Dakota oil fields


From Investigative Editor Lisa Gartner:

I am delighted to announce that award-winning investigative journalist Jennifer Gollan is joining The San Francisco Chronicle newsroom next month.

Gollan spent a decade as a national investigative reporter at Reveal, where her recent exposé on how often perpetrators kill their intimate partners with guns they possess illegally led to sweeping changes in federal law and expanded local and state police’s ability to crack down on abusers. For her “When Abusers Keep Their Guns” investigation, Gollan won the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Journalism Award. 

Gollan has also been honored with the Hillman Prize and two Sigma Delta Chi Awards for a series on the exploitation and abuse of caregivers in the elder-care home industry. The investigation, “Caregivers and Takers,” led to a U.S. congressional hearing and statewide efforts to recover workers’ wages.

In 2016, Gollan won a National Emmy Award for “Deadly Oil Fields,” a collaboration with PBS NewsHour that revealed the alarming number of fatalities during North Dakota’s oil rush, as well as major oil companies’ efforts to shirk responsibility for the deaths.

“As an investigative reporter, I’m driven by the following priorities: uncovering the truth, holding power to account, exposing systemic failures and spurring real change,” Gollan said.

Raised in San Francisco and Boston, Gollan got her start in news at the Marin Independent Journal. Before joining Reveal in 2012, she wrote accountability stories on education, government and politics for the Bay Citizen, the regional pages of he New York Times.

In her free time, Gollan likes to run through Golden Gate Park, hike and dine with friends. Her perfect weekend caps off with a viewing of “60 Minutes.”

The Chronicle’s investigations team aims to tell urgent stories that hold the powerful to account and expose abuse, neglect and corruption in the Bay Area. In recent years, the team’s work has led to new state and local laws, the resignations of public officials and multiple criminal investigations.

Please join me in welcoming Jennifer Gollan to the Chronicle. Her first day with us is Feb. 6.

About The San Francisco Chronicle:

The San Francisco Chronicle ( is the largest newspaper in Northern California and the second largest on the West Coast. Acquired by the Hearst Corporation in 2000, The San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 by Charles and Michael de Young and has been awarded six Pulitzer Prizes for journalistic excellence. Follow us on Twitter at @SFChronicle.


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