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Board of Directors

2022 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.


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.

  • Mark Walker, The New York Times, president
  • Kat Stafford, The Associated Press, vice president
  • Jodi Upton, Syracuse University, treasurer
  • Jennifer LaFleur, American University, secretary
  • Cindy Galli, ABC News, at-large member
Audit Committee

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

  • Neena Satija, The Washington Post - Chair
Awards Committee

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

  • Zaneta Lowe, WREG-TV, Memphis - Chair
  • Barbara Rodriguez, The 19th* – Vice-chair

IRE Awards Judges (subcommittee of the Awards Committee)

  • Zaneta Lowe, WREG-TV, Memphis - Chair
  • Barbara Rodriguez, The 19th* – Vice-chair
  • Shannon Isbell, WBRC Fox6
  • Angeliki Kastanis, Associated Press
Conference Committee

Oversees conferences.

  • Cindy Galli, ABC News – Chair
Endowment Committee

Oversees the endowment and IRE investments.

  • Jodi Upton, Syracuse University – Chair
Governance Committee

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

  • Marisa Kwiatkowski, USA TODAY - Co-chair
  • Brian Rosenthal, The New York Times – Co-chair
Member Services Committee

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

  • Katrease Stafford, The Associated Press - Co-chair
  • Jodie Fleischer, NBC4 Washington - Co-chair
    • Diversity Task Force (reports to member services): Chair Barbara Rodriguez
    • Elections Task Force (answers to Governance): Chair Jodie Fleischer
Revenue Committee

The fundraising arm of the IRE Board.

  • Jennifer Forsyth, The Wall Street Journal – Chair
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