About IRE

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors serves as the governing body of IRE.



Sarah Cohen, IRE Board President, is the editor for computer-assisted reporting at The New York Times. She previously worked as the Knight Chair in computational journalism at Duke University. Cohen has also worked as a database editor for The Washington Post and as a reporter at newspapers in Florida. She has shared in the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, an IRE medal and the Goldsmith Prize. She can be reached @sarahcnyt and sarah.cohen@nytimes.com. (Originally elected 2010; current term expires June 2016.)





Matt Goldberg, Vice President, is the Managing Editor at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. He has been honored with many local and national awards, including the IRE certificate. He has worked in management and as an investigative producer for television stations in Phoenix, Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. His stories have exposed consumer fraud, government corruption and health and human rights violations. He can be reached at matt.goldberg@nbcuni.com or @MattGoldbergNBC. (Originally elected 2013; current term expires June 2015.) 





Ellen Gabler, Secretary, is a reporter and assistant editor on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s investigative team. She has been an IRE member since age 24. She received the 2013 Livingston Award for Young Journalists in National Reporting, as well as the Selden Ring Award, Scripps Howard Award for Investigative Reporting, Gerald Loeb award, Goldsmith finalist as well as several other national honors. She has worked at the Chicago Tribune,  the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and the Stillwater (Minn.) Gazette. She can be reached at egabler@jrn.com. (Originally elected 2012; current term expires June 2016.)





Andrew Donohue, Treasurer, is a senior editor at the Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, he helped build and lead Voice of San Diego, a pioneering news outlet that has become a model for investigative reporting in the digital age. He oversaw a newsroom that merged high-impact reporting with innovative storytelling and collaboration. He's won the IRE award and the SPJ Sigma Delta Chi award for online investigative reporting, and VOSD won the ONA General Excellence Award and was named the urban innovation leader for California by Fast Company. Donohue served as a Knight fellow at Stanford. He can be reached at @add. (Originally elected 2010; current term expires June 2016.)





David Cay Johnston, Executive Member and past president, won an IRE Medal for his book Perfectly Legal and a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his work exposing tax inequities in The New York Times. Johnston now teaches at Syracuse University College of Law, is a contributing editor at Newsweek and writes columns for AlJazeera, NationalMemo and Tax Analysts. He is a frequent commentator on economic issues, especially on MSNBC and Al Jazeera. He is editor of a forthcoming anthology titled DIVIDED: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality to be published in April by The New Press. He can be reached at davidcay@me.com. (Originally elected 2009; current term expires June 2015.)





      Josh Meyer, Executive Member, is the director of education and outreach for the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative in Washington, DC, as well as a global security correspondent for Atlantic Media's new online publication, Quartz. He is also the co-author of the 2012 book, "The Hunt For KSM, Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,” and a veteran journalist who spent 20 years as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times. At Medill, he leads groups of post-graduate students on three-month investigative projects and teaches graduate-level classes on national security. He is helping build the initiative into a full-fledged center that assists working journalists, students and educators in finding the best ways to do, and to teach, these kinds of journalism in this changing media environment—including covering terrorism, war, nuclear proliferation, intelligence and law enforcement reform. Josh held various posts at The Times and covered a wide range of issues, including government, politics and law enforcement. He focused on terrorism and related national security issues from 2000 until 2010, most of that time in the paper’s Washington bureau. He has won or shared in numerous local, state and national awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes awarded to reporting teams he was on. (Originally elected 2011; current term expires June 2015.)





Ziva Branstetter is editor in chief of The Frontier, a website devoted to investigative and enterprise news in Oklahoma. She previously spent more than 20 years as an editor and reporter at the Tulsa World, most recently as the enterprise editor. In 2015, Ziva and her reporting partner, Cary Aspinwall, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting, the Anthony Shadid Ethics in Journalism Award and the Scripps Howard Service to the First Amendment Award. They have won numerous other national and state awards for their reporting. Previously, Ziva worked for The Tulsa Tribune and the Philadelphia Daily News. She has also served as president and board member of Freedom of Information Oklahoma Inc., a nonprofit watchdog group devoted to open government. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. She can be reached at ziva@readfrontier.com  or @zivabranstetter. (Originally elected 2013; current term expires June 2015.)





Leonard Downie Jr. is Weil Family Professor of Journalism at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication -- and a vice president at large and former executive editor of The Washington Post. He is a founder and current board member of Investigative Reporters and Editors -- and chairman of the advisory boards of Kaiser Health News and the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting. He is the author of five books, including The New Muckrakers, a reprint of which is available from IRE. (Originally elected 2009; current term expires June 2015.)






T. Christian Miller joined ProPublica in 2008 as a senior reporter based in Washington, D.C. He spent the previous 11 years at the Los Angeles Times. His work included coverage of the 2000 presidential campaign and three years as a bureau chief for the Times, responsible for 10 countries in South and Central America. He has received the George Polk Award, the Dart Award, the Selden Ring Award, the IRE Award, two Overseas Press Club awards, a Livingston Award, the John B. Oakes Award and a certificate of recognition from the Daniel Pearl awards. Miller had a Knight Fellowship in 2011 to study at Stanford University. He can be reached at t.christian.miller@propublica.org or @txtianmiller. (Originally elected 2013; current term expires June 2015.)






Jill Riepenhoff has worked at The Columbus Dispatch since 1985 and as a projects reporter since 2004. She has investigated issues ranging from naughty teachers to naughty mortgage brokers to naughty landlords and, most recently, naughty guardians - those charged with caring for mentally-incompetent adults. She also enjoys digging into sports and has written extensively about the dark sides of youth, high school and college athletics. She can be reached at jriepenhoff@dispatch.com. (Originally elected 2014; current term expires June 2016.)






Nicole Vap is the Executive Producer of the 9Wants to Know unit at KUSA in Denver. She has also worked at television stations in Arizona, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kansas. She has been a finalist for the IRE Freedom of Information award, won a 2011 DuPont Silver Baton for excellence in Broadcast journalism, a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, a regional Edward R. Murrow award and 6 regional Emmy awards. She can be reached at @nicolevap and Nicole.vap@9news.com (Originally elected 2014; current term expires June 2016.)






Phil Williams is chief investigative reporter for WTVF-TV, the CBS affiliate in Nashville, Tennessee. Phil has been recognized with broadcast journalism's highest honors. He's a three-time winner of the George Foster Peabody Award and a three-time winner of the duPont Award. He's also received a George Polk Award, a national Emmy Award and multiple regional Emmys, multiple National Headliner Awards, Sigma Delta Chi Awards and IRE Awards (including an IRE Medal). A former print journalist, Phil was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Prior to his current term, Phil served on the IRE Board from 2008-2012. He can be reached at: pwilliams@newschannel5.com. (Re-elected in 2014; current term expires June 2016.)






Chrys Wu is a journalist, strategist, coder and consigliere. She has worked in local, regional and national media, including the LA Daily News, NPR and its affiliates, CBS Digital Media Group and The Los Angeles Times, where she worked on the Pulitzer Prize winning report, "Altered Oceans." Her expertise has also been sought after by tech companies and non-profits including DataKind, The Gates Foundation and The Knight Foundation. Chrys is currently Developer Advocate at The New York Times. Talk with her on Twitter at @MacDiva. (Originally elected 2014; current term expires June 2016.)