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Andy Pierrotti

I attended my first IRE conference during the spring break of my junior year of college. More than 22 years later, I still get excited about attending the annual training event, which leaves me inspired and ready to tackle my next big project.

I’m an investigative reporter with WANF-TV, the CBS-TV affiliate in Atlanta and a regular contributor to InvestigateTV, a nationally syndicated news magazine show.

Columbia University recently awarded me the Alfred I. duPont award and I was named a finalist for an IRE award in 2023. I’m also the recipient of a Peabody, a National Edward R. Murrow Award and multiple regional Emmys.

I owe an incredible debt to IRE for my career. The skills and relationships I’ve built from the organization prepared me for my first job and continue to elevate my work today. I’m running for a seat on the Board of Directors because it’s time to give back.

I routinely contribute to IRE conference panels covering criminal justice, writing, and public record laws. I especially enjoy mentoring younger journalists by reviewing scripts, storytelling techniques and offering career advice.

I embrace the spirit of IRE’s mission of training the next generation of journalists. In 2018, I was the first professional-in-residence to teach at the University of South Carolina’s College of Information and Communications, where I graduated. Earlier this year, I helped launch an investigative reporting project with a University of Georgia journalism professor and nearly 80 of her students.

If elected to the board, these will be my priorities:

Affordability: I’m fortunate to work for Gray Television, which has a long history of supporting IRE and sending hundreds of journalists to its annual conferences. I want to help more journalists afford training, no matter where they work. To do this, I look forward to exploring new revenue streams and sponsorships from nontraditional stakeholders.

Member Diversity: While membership diversity has increased, IRE should continue collaborating with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to ensure young journalists of color get the training needed to succeed after they graduate. As an Atlanta resident who lives near multiple HBCU institutions, I want to help students and faculty with more in-person instruction and mentorship opportunities.

Newsroom Training: IRE offers the best training in the industry. I believe it should leverage this expertise to reach newsrooms with journalists who aren’t full-time investigative reporters but want to learn new tools and research techniques to tackle the news of the day.

I truly believe this organization, and the training it provides, is vital to democracy. I’d be grateful for your support.

Thank you,
Andy Pierrotti

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Kelly Wiley, KXAN-NBC | KNVA-CW | KBVO-MNT – I am honored to nominate Andy Pierrotti for a spot on the IRE Board of Directors. Since my early days as an MMJ with dreams of being an investigative reporter, Andy has consistently been an honest and caring mentor to me. I can't recall a time when Andy did not make time to get on the phone with me to give advice on scripts, an idea, or a potential opportunity. I have attended numerous IRE sessions over the years, and he has consistently led some of the most impactful ones, equipping me with new skills and ideas. Andy has shown that he is committed to ethical and powerful investigative storytelling and changing the landscape of those who have the opportunity to tell those stories. He will be a wonderful addition to the organization and the board.

Cindy Galli, ABC News – I’m honored to nominate Andy Pierrotti for election to IRE’s Board of Directors. I’ve known Andy as a friend and colleague for many years, first having met him through IRE and then as we collaborated on investigations via our respective newsrooms. A passionate member of our organization and sought-after panelist, Andy has not hesitated to jump in on training and share his vast knowledge whenever tapped by IRE. Andy has insight into our membership and has shared a real desire to tap into what may serve us better. Diplomatic – and a truly nice person – he’s open to hearing other ideas and engaging in thoughtful discussion. Andy would be a welcome voice and colleague on our Board and he has my unwavering support.

Candidate Q & A

Current Position

  • Investigative Reporter, WANF-TV (CBS-TV Atlanta) & InvestigateTV (Gray Television)

Prior Experience

  • Investigative Reporter, WXIA-TV (NBC-TV Atlanta, GA)
  • Investigative Reporter, KVUE-TV (ABC-TV Austin, TX)
  • Investigative Reporter, WBBH-TV (NBC-TV Ft. Myers, FL)
  • Reporter, WGRZ-TV (NBC-TV Buffalo, NY)
  • Investigative Reporter, WSPA-TV (CBS-TV Spartanburg, SC)
  • Reporter, WCBD-TV (NBC-TV Charleston, SC)
  • Producer, WSCS-TV (CBS-TV Charleston, SC)

IRE Experience

  • Member Since 2002
  • Conference Speaker & Moderator
  • NICAR Computer Assisted Reporting Bootcamp Attendee
  • Volunteer trainer for Atlanta IRE Workshop
  • Mentor to Younger Members


  • Long-form visual storytelling
  • Open records
  • Media & academic partnerships
  • Mentorship

Issues on Which I’d Like to Focus:

  • Membership Diversity
  • Conference Affordability
  • Mentorship
  • Diverse Training for All Experience Levels
  • Culture
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