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 5,000 reporter tipsheets. In her role, she assists members in research and backgrounding. Lauren also coordinates the processing of the entries in the two annual IRE awards programs. Before joining IRE, she worked at both the Missouri School of Journalism library and the Columbia Missourian library. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Missouri.