About IRE

About the staff


Mark Horvit, Executive Director
Mark Horvit is the executive director of Investigative Reporters & Editors. He oversees training, conferences and services for more than 4,300 members worldwide, and for programs including the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) and DocumentCloud. Horvit also is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, where he teaches investigative reporting. He serves as a member of the board of directors of the National Freedom of Information Coalition. A longtime IRE member, Horvit most recently served as projects editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He worked as a reporter, editor and on the projects teams at newspapers in Texas, North Carolina, Missouri and Florida. Email: mhorvit@ire.org

Stephanie Sinn, Conference & Events Director
Stephanie Sinn serves as the conference & events director for IRE and NICAR. She handles site selection, hotel negotiations and speaker arrangements for national and regional conferences. She also handles on-the-road training logistics, maintains IRE's events calendar, and other specialized training seminars. Before joining IRE, Sinn worked for the University of Missouri’s School of Social Work, planning their special events and managing their office operations. She has been in the conference planning field for over 10 years.  Phone: (901) 286-7549 Email: stephanie@ire.org

Jaimi Dowdell, Senior Training Director 
Jaimi Dowdell joined IRE as training director in October 2008. Before that she was computer-assisted reporting editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for more than three years. In addition to her work at the Post-Dispatch, she taught a CAR course for Washington University in St. Louis. Previously she worked at IRE and NICAR in the Database Library and Resource Center while completing her master’s degree at the University of Missouri. Email: jaimi@ire.org Twitter: @JaimiDowdell

Anthony DeBarros, DocumentCloud Director of Product Development
Anthony DeBarros joined DocumentCloud in 2015 as Director of Product Development. Previously, he was Director of Interactive Applications at Gannett Digital, leading a team that built data-driven interactives for investigations, elections and the Gannett platform as well as publishing tools for the company's journalists. Before that, he was a database editor and investigative journalist with USA TODAY, where his work on investigative teams received awards including a Silver Baton from the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for Ghost Factories. A longtime IRE member, he was a 2012 winner of an IRE Service Award for making Census data easily available to journalists.
Email: anthony@documentcloud.org  Twitter: @anthonydb

Lauren Grandestaff, Resource Center Director
Lauren Grandestaff is the Eugene S. Pulliam research director for IRE. As such, she coordinates the collection, indexing and archiving of research materials within a center that now includes more than 25,000 investigative stories and over 3,000 reporter tipsheets. She coordinates the processing of the entries in the annual IRE awards program. She also offers support to the growing number of users of DocumentCloud. Before joining IRE, she worked as a senior student supervisor at both the Missouri School of Journalism Library and the Columbia Missourian Newspaper Library. Email: lauren@ire.org Phone: (573) 882-6668
Ted Han, DocumentCloud Lead Developer
Ted Han joins DocumentCloud from Videojuicer, an online video platform focused on open standards and software integration. He's a computational linguist by degree, developer by trade, and Sci-Fi nerd by leisure. He was selected as a participant in the Knight Mozilla Journalism Challenge and has worked on DataMapper, Merb and a variety of data-based projects, including the CrisisCommons response to the Tohoku earthquake & tsunami. Phone: (573) 884-2175 Email: ted.han@ire.org Twitter: @knowtheory 

Heather Feldmann Henry, Financial Officer
Heather Feldmann Henry manages IRE's financial records, ensuring the organization's compliance with the IRS as a nonprofit organization. E-mail: heather@ire.org Phone: (573) 884-7902

David Herzog, Academic Adviser to NICAR
David Herzog is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, where he teaches CAR. He serves as the academic adviser to NICAR and is managing editor of Uplink, the institute's newsletter. As a fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, he launched OpenMissouri.org, where journalists and citizens can find, request and share state and local government data. He has been an investigative reporter for The Providence Journal in Rhode Island and the computer-assisted reporting editor at The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa. Phone: (573) 882-2127 Email: dherzog@ire.org Twitter: @davidherzog

Sarah Hutchins, Web Editor
Sarah oversees IRE’s web presence, including the organization’s website, social media accounts and audio platforms. She came to IRE from The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., where she worked as a reporter for 2 ½ years. She’s a St. Louis native and graduate of Indiana University. Phone: (573) 882-8969 Email: sarah@ire.org Twitter: @sarhutch
Amy Johnston, Membership & Registration Coordinator
Amy Johnston handles membership services and registration for IRE. She has worked at IRE since 1999. Phone: (573) 884-1444 Email: amy@ire.org 
Elizabeth Lucas, Director of the NICAR Database Library
Elizabeth Lucas came to IRE from The Center for Public Integrity in Washington, DC, where she analyzed data for investigative projects on political, environmental and health topics. She worked on Poisoned Places, which won the Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize. This will be her second stint at the Database Library, having worked there as a graduate student while getting a master's at the University of Missouri. Phone: (573) 882-1982 Email: liz@ire.org 

Megan Luther, Training Director
Megan Luther joined IRE as training director in February 2012. Megan has worked in radio, TV and most recently, newspapers. Before she joined IRE, Megan was a government reporter for the Argus Leader in South Dakota and a computer-assisted reporting specialist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Previously, she worked at IRE and NICAR in the Database Library while completing her master's degree at the University of Missouri. Email: megan@ire.org Twitter: @MeganLuther


Denise Malan, INN/IRE Director of Data Services
Denise Malan has been a journalist for 10 years, covering government, education, politics, the environment and enterprise stories on a variety of subjects. She was data/investigative editor at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in Texas for three years, and in June 2013 she became data director for the Investigative News Network and IRE, coordinating data projects among nonprofit newsrooms across the country. Email: denise@ire.org Twitter: @DeniseMalan


Ted Peterson, System Administrator
Ted Peterson is IRE and NICAR's System Administrator, and keeps the computers and information services running. He has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science at the University of Missouri and has worked as a System Administrator for IRE since 1997, excluding a three-year period from 2004-2007.  Phone: (573) 884-7321 Email: ted@ire.org


Alex Richards, Training Director
Alex Richards came to IRE in December 2014 from the Chicago Tribune, where he had been a reporter specializing in investigative data journalism. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 and was awarded the Goldsmith and the Scripps Howard Farfel investigative reporting awards, among others, for the Las Vegas Sun series “Do No Harm,” with ProPublica’s Marshall Allen. More recently, he shared IRE's FOI medal for a series on Chicago's truancy epidemic. In addition to reporting from Nevada for the Sun, he previously helped manage data coverage and interactive news for The Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington, D.C. He's also an IRE alum, having worked as a data analyst for the NICAR Database Library while attending the Missouri School of Journalism.
Email: alex@ire.org   Phone:(702) 606-4519