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

   
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
   
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
   
John Green, IRE Membership Coordinator
As Membership Coordinator, John Green administers member services and periodical subscriptions. He also performs HR duties for IRE and directs office personnel. He previously served as video producer and office manager for another journalism nonprofit, New Directions for News. Prior to that, Green served as a unit coordinator before his appointment to financial counselor and special projects coordinator for a Mississippi Gulf Coast hospital and ran his own business in mid-Missouri. Email: jgreen@ire.org Phone: (573) 882-2772
 
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
   
Amy Johnston, Executive Staff Assistant
Amy Johnston helps coordinate member services and registration for IRE's events. 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

   

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

   

Sarah Hutchins, Web Editor
Sarah oversees IRE’s web presence, including the organization’s website and social media accounts. 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