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.


2019-20 committees

Executive Committee

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

  • Cheryl W. Thompson, NPR, president
  • Lee Zurik, WVUE-New Orleans, vice president
  • Jodi Upton, Syracuse University, treasurer
  • Jill Riepenhoff, InvestigateTV, secretary
  • Nicole Vap, KUSA/9News-Denver, executive member

Member Services Committee

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

  • Jill Riepenhoff, InvestigateTV – Chair
  • Bethany Barnes, Tampa Bay Times
  • Erica Byfield, WNBC-New York
  • Kiran Chawla, WAFB-Baton Rouge
  • Emmanuel Martinez, Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Brian M. Rosenthal, The New York Times
  • Topher Sanders, ProPublica
  • Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press

Conference Committee

Oversees conferences.

  • Nicole Vap, KUSA/9News Denver – Chair
  • Matt Dempsey, Houston Chronicle
  • Cindy Galli, ABC News
  • Jennifer LaFleur, Investigative Reporting Workshop, American University
  • Steven Rich, The Washington Post
  • Mark Rochester, Detroit Free Press
  • Cheryl W. Thompson, NPR
  • Jodi Upton, Syracuse University

Contest Committee

Oversees contests.

  • Jennifer LaFleur, Investigative Reporting Workshop, American University – Chair
  • Jodie Fleischer, WRC-TV, NBC4-Washington
  • Carrie Levine, Center for Public Integrity
  • Jill Riepenhoff, InvestigateTV
  • Norberto Santana Jr., Voice of Orange County
  • Kameel Stanley, USA Today
  • Margot Williams, The Intercept

Endowment Committee

Oversees the endowment and IRE investments.

  • Jodi Upton, Syracuse University – Chair
  • Jennifer Forsyth, The Wall Street Journal
  • Laura Frank, Rocky Mountain PBS
  • Corey Johnson, Tampa Bay Times
  • Norberto Santana Jr., Voice of Orange County

Audit Committee

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

  • Steven Rich, The Washington Post – Chair
  • Bethany Barnes, Tampa Bay Times
  • Diana Henriques, author
  • David Cay Johnston, DCReport
  • Zaneta Lowe, WREG-Memphis
  • Brian M. Rosenthal, The New York Times

Public Engagement

Examines IRE’s role in issues of importance to investigative reporting.

  • Matt Dempsey, The Houston Chronicle – Chair
  • Ziva Branstetter, The Washington Post
  • Jesse Jones, KIRO 7-Seattle
  • Mark Rochester, Detroit Free Press
  • Barbara Rodriguez, Des Moines Register
  • Nicole Vap, KUSA/9 News-Denver
  • Phil Williams, WTVF-Nashville

Governance

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

  • Lee Zurik, WVUE-New Orleans – Chair
  • Sarah Cohen, Arizona State University
  • Matt Goldberg, NBC Universal
  • Steven Rich, The Washington Post