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Board of Directors

2021 Board Election

Starting in April, IRE will begin accepting applications for candidates for the IRE Board of Directors and for judges for the IRE Awards.
Learn more about the 2021 board election

Past Board Members

IRE appreciates the many journalists who served the organization as members of the Board of Directors.
See past board members

Meeting Minutes

The Board of Directors generally meets two times a year to discuss and vote on IRE business. The board also conducts conference calls periodically. After being approved, the minutes are posted online for IRE members to view and download.
View past meeting minutes

Board Committees

Investigative Reporters and Editors committees allow board members and rank-and-file members to focus on specific areas or projects of interest and to explore new projects.

Committees are sometimes asked to address issues that come up in the full board meetings but that need more research. The committees then make recommendations to the full board.

Committee members are appointed by the board president.

2020-21 Committees

Executive Committee

Responsible for planning oversight, finance, personnel issues and board development.

  • Cheryl W. Thompson, NPR, president
  • Mark Rochester, Type Investigations, vice president
  • Jodi Upton, Syracuse University, treasurer
  • Jennifer LaFleur, American University, secretary
  • Steven Rich, The Washington Post, at-large member
Audit Committee

Oversees accountability of the organization and the annual external audit by a certified public accounting firm.

  • Andrew Donohue, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting — Chair  
  • Diana Henriques, Author
  • David Cay Johnston, DC Report
  • Marisa Kwiatkowski, USA Today Network
  • Katrease Stafford, The Associated Press
Awards Committee

Oversees the annual contests, including the IRE Awards, Golden Padlock, Don Bolles Medal and Philip Meyer Awards.

  • Jennifer LaFleur, Investigative Reporting Workshop – Chair
  • Bethany Barnes, Tampa Bay Times – Vice-chair
  • Cindy Galli, ABC News
  • Cheryl W. Thompson, NPR
  • Jodi Upton, Syracuse University

IRE Awards Judges (subcommittee of the Awards Committee)

  • Jennifer LaFleur, Investigative Reporting Workshop – Chair
  • Bethany Barnes, Tampa Bay Times  
  • Fernando Diaz, The Chicago Reporter
  • Jessica Huseman, ProPublica
  • Zaneta Lowe, WREG-TV, Memphis
  • Eric Sagara, Big Local News, Stanford University
  • Kameel Stanley, USA Today
Conference Committee

Oversees conferences.

  • Cindy Galli, ABC News – Chair
  • Matt Dempsey, Houston Chronicle – NICAR
  • Kyle Jones, NBC Connecticut — IRE
  • John Kelly, ABC – NICAR
  • Marisa Kwiatkowski, USA TODAY Network — IRE
  • Steven Rich, The Washington Post — NICAR
  • Mark Rochester, Type Investigations — IRE
  • Brian M. Rosenthal, The New York Times–NICAR
Endowment Committee

Oversees the endowment and IRE investments.

  • Jodi Upton, Syracuse University – Chair
  • Jennifer Forsyth, The Wall Street Journal
  • Laura Frank, Colorado News Collaborative
  • Corey Johnson, Tampa Bay Times
  • Norberto Santana Jr., Voice of OC
Governance Committee

Examines issues concerning IRE’s organizational structure and operating rules.

  • Steven Rich, The Washington Post – Co-chair
  • Mark Walker, The New York Times – Co-chair
  • Ziva Branstetter, The Washington Post
  • Sarah Cohen, Arizona State University
  • Mark Rochester, Type Investigations
Member Services Committee

Responsible for member recruitment, reviewing training efforts and member resources.

  • Katrease Stafford, The Associated Press – Chair
  • Bethany Barnes, Tampa Bay Times
  • Kiran Chawla, freelance broadcaster, Baton Rouge
  • Jodie Fleischer, NBC4 Washington
  • Ana Ley, The Virginian Pilot
  • Emmanuel Martinez, The Markup
  • Topher Sanders, ProPublica
  • Mark Walker, The New York Times
Revenue Committee

The fundraising arm of the IRE Board.

  • David Boardman, Temple University – Chair
  • Jodie Fleischer, NBC4 Washington – Co-chair
  • Dana Chinn, USC Annenberg School of Journalism
  • Jennifer Forsyth, The Wall Street Journal
  • Manny Garcia, ProPublica-Texas Tribune
  • Brian M. Rosenthal, The New York Times
  • Mc Nelly Torres, Center for Public Integrity
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