Shayna Jacobs

New York City

Courts, law enforcement and criminal justice

Education: Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, MS; Montclair State University, BA in History

Shayna Jacobs is a federal courts and law enforcement reporter on the national security team at The Washington Post, where she covers the Southern and Eastern districts of New York. Jacobs previously covered courts and crime for the New York Daily News, including numerous high-profile arrests and lawsuits, as well as major news events like Hurricane Sandy. She has served as an assistant adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Latest from Shayna Jacobs

In Judge Kaplan’s court, Trump plays with fire

Former president Donald Trump risks blowback if he takes the witness stand in Judge Lewis A. Kaplan’s courtroom on Monday in the E. Jean Carroll defamation trial.

January 21, 2024

Judge threatens to throw Trump out of E. Jean Carroll defamation trial

E. Jean Carroll told a federal jury that Donald Trump’s attacks on her credibility beginning in 2019 harm her professionally and put her in fear for her safety.

January 17, 2024

Second E. Jean Carroll trial against Trump begins in New York

A jury was selected Tuesday and will be tasked with determining what additional damages, if any, Trump owes Carroll.

January 16, 2024

N.Y. state attorney alleges corruption by NRA, leader Wayne LaPierre

Wayne LaPierre, who announced his resignation as head of the National Rifle Assn., faces allegations of corruption and mismanagement in a New York state lawsuit

January 13, 2024

E. Jean Carroll seeks limits on Trump testimony after his courtroom tirade

The trial is about damages for defamatory comments Trump made about Carroll in 2019 when she came forward with a decades-old sexual assault allegation. Trump has already been found liable for those comments.

January 12, 2024

Trump assails his fraud trial in courtroom speech as case winds down

New York’s attorney general, who sued former president Trump and his business, is seeking a $370 million penalty.

January 11, 2024

Police respond to bomb threat at home of judge in Trump N.Y. fraud trial

Justice Arthur Engoron received a bomb threat to his Long Island home early Thursday, ahead of closing arguments in Trump’s civil fraud trial. Police described it as a “swatting” incident.

January 11, 2024

Because of refusal to abide by rules, Trump won’t be allowed to give his own closing argument in N.Y. fraud trial

Donald Trump will not be allowed to personally argue during summations at his business fraud civil trial Thursday in New York.

January 10, 2024

NRA defense denies corruption, praises group’s work in New York trial

A lawyer for the National Rifle Association denied New York state allegations of mismanagement that cost the organization millions of dollars.

January 9, 2024

N.Y. seeks $370 million in Trump fraud trial instead of $250 million

New York Attorney General Letitia James is now seeking $370 million, taking into account profits from additional Trump deals.

January 5, 2024