Jason Berry is an investigative reporter in New Orleans, an American author and film director. He is renowned for pioneering investigative reporting on sexual abuse in the priesthood of the Catholic Church.
His book Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children (1992) was the first major book on this issue. His 2004 book Vows of Silence deals with the sexual abuse of Marcial Maciel, the founder of the Legion of Christ, and the cover-up of that abuse. The author also adapted Vows of Silence into a film.
Berry has been frequently interviewed in national media in the United States, has worked as a consultant for ABC News, and contributed to the National Public Radio and is a speaker on sexual abuse issues and popular culture.
He has also written books on popular music.
Berry won his first Catholic Press Association Award in 1986 for his original coverage in the National Catholic Reporter of the clergy sexual-abuse scandals in Louisiana. He was awarded his second in 1993 for the publication of Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children. Berry is a graduate of Georgetown University and a recipient of the Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship for his reportage of David Duke. He and his wife live in New Orleans.
Berry won an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 1992, covering Louisiana's political demagogues.
- Up from the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music Since World War II (1986)
- Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children (1992) Re-issued, March 27, 2000 by University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-06812-6
- The Spirit of Black Hawk: A Mystery of Africans and Indians (1995)
- Vows of Silence (2004)
- Last of the Red Hot Poppas (2006)
- Vows of Silence, director