2012 IRE Conference Blog

Award-winning journalists and live performances as IRE Conference returns to Texas

We hope you’ve already made plans to join us at San Antonio’s Riverwalk on June 20-23 at #IRE13 where for the first time in seven years, Investigative Reporters and Editors will bring its amazing annual conference back to Texas.  http://ire.org/conferences/ire-2013

The line-up already includes prominent Pulitzer-prize winners, like the bilingual bicultural team that brought you the Mexico Walmart investigation – Alejandra Xanic Van Bertrab and David Barstow, who published a joint investigation of corporate corruption in The New York Times. There will be legendary editors like Leonard Downie Jr. and ProPublica’s Steve Engelberg, as well as many other of the biggest names in US investigative reporting and journalists from around the world who are flat out fabulous at explaining everything from how to use obscure documents to how to get the most juice out of interviews to cutting-edge computer-assisted reporting skills.

Inspiring Mexican investigative journalist Marcela Turati, a bloodcurdling storyteller and fierce advocate for press freedom, will be the keynoter.

You’ll also find special Texas tracks with top writers and editors like Pulitzer Prize winner Larry Wright, author of The Looming Tower and of Going Clear, his new book on the Scientologists; Jake Silverstein and Mimi Swartz of Texas Monthly; Evan Smith of Texas Tribune; George Getschow, a former WSJ editor and writer who runs the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference; John Burnett of NPR as well as Lone Star literary agents who regularly help  reporters turn their stories into books and movies. Alfredo Corchado and Doug Swanson, both of the Dallas Morning News, will be there to talk about their new books too.

The line-up includes performances by Texas writers’ bands – including WhoDo featuring NPR’s Burnett and Wright, the Pulitzer winner on keyboards, as well as the Krayolas, the self-described “garage rock legends” from San Antonio, which  includes lead vocalist and chief songwriter Hector Saldaña, a staff member at the San Antonio Express-News. We’ll have mariachis too.

Conference hosts include: The Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News and the Dallas Morning News/Belo. Yes, we’re all joining forces to back IRE.

We hope as many of you as possible will take advantage of IRE –TX. Make your reservations now before the hotel fills up.

See you on the Riverwalk–
Lise Olsen and Mc Nelly Torres, IRE-Texas Committee Co-chairs.

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