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Janny Scott

Current Location:: Manhattan, New York County, New York, United States
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Robert Montgomery Scott and Private
Ex-wife of Private
Partner of Joseph Salem Lelyveld
Mother of Private and Private
Sister of Private and Private

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About Janny Scott

Janny Scott is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and biographer.

She worked for the New York Times from 1994 to 2009 as a reporter. Previous jobs included Boston Magazine, the Bergen Record, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times.

Scott is the author of the non-fiction books A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother (2011) and The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father (2019).

In The Beneficiary and subsequent media coverage and public appearances, Scott has discussed at length her family history and upbringing as part of Philadelphia's financial and cultural elite. Her ancestors come from the city's old guard for many generations.


  • Arvedlund, Erin. "Main Line native Janny Scott's book views her famous family with clear eyes." The Philadelphia Inquirer, published 2 September 2019. < link > Accessed 6 January 2024.
  • Corrigan, Maureen. "'The Beneficiary' Weighs The Emotional Heft Of Inheritance." NPR, published 24 April 2019. < link > Accessed 6 January 2024.
  • McFadden, Robert D. "Joseph Lelyveld, Former Top Editor of The New York Times, Dies at 86." The New York Times, published 5 January 2024. < link > Accessed 6 January 2024.
  • Shwayder, Maya E. A Singular Woman's Biographer." Harvard Magazine, published July-August 2011. < link > Accessed 6 January 2024.
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Janny Scott's Timeline

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States