Hannah Dreyfus

Abrams Reporting Fellow

Hannah Dreyfus is an Abrams Reporting Fellow at ProPublica, where she covers sexual abuse, religion and socio-political issues affecting women and children.

Previously, she reported on abuses of power in religious, academic and philanthropic settings. In 2019, Dreyfus was recognized as a Writer of the Year by the New York Press Association for her investigative work into sexual harassment and assault in Jewish non-for-profit organizations. In March of that year, she partnered with ProPublica and the New York Times on an investigation into billionaire and philanthropic titan Michael Steinhardt for decades of alleged harassment towards women beholden to him for funding or jobs. In June, Dreyfus was awarded First Place in Healthcare Reporting by the American Jewish Press Association for a 2020 investigation into Orthodox Jewish healthcare workers fighting a tide of COVID-noncompliance within their communities.

Dreyfus received a BA in English Literature from Yeshiva University in 2014, after which she reported for the New York Jewish Week. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Mother Jones, Politico, Slate and elsewhere.

Dreyfus is based in Phoenix.

Liberty University’s Handling of Sexual Assaults Under Investigation by Department of Education

ProPublica previously detailed how the evangelical school had dismissed reports of rape and threatened to punish accusers for running afoul of its moral code. Investigators are now looking into whether Liberty violated federal law.

States Are Hoarding $5.2 Billion in Welfare Funds Even as the Need for Aid Grows

Bonnie Bridgforth supported five children with an $8.50-an-hour job when she was told she no longer qualified for welfare in Maine. But the state — like so many others — was sitting on a huge stockpile of funds.

Senators Call for Federal Investigation Into Liberty University’s Handling of Sexual Assaults. School Promises Independent Probe.

Following a ProPublica report that detailed how the evangelical college discouraged and threatened to punish students who report being raped, Sen. Tim Kaine says his office is “urging the Department of Education to investigate.”

“The Liberty Way”: How Liberty University Discourages and Dismisses Students’ Reports of Sexual Assaults

The school founded by evangelist Jerry Falwell ignored reports of rape and threatened to punish accusers for breaking its moral code, say former students. An official who says he was fired for raising concerns calls it a “conspiracy of silence.”

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