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Cindy Galli

Thank you for reading about me and voting in this year’s election.  I proudly serve on IRE’s board and I’m a longtime member and cheerleader.  I attended my first IRE Conference as a young intern at a local TV station and have been a passionate member ever since.  I hope you’ll consider giving me your vote to return to the board to serve you.

At ABC News, I manage investigative projects and oversee a talented and diverse team of journalists who have – like many of you – shown resolve in holding the powerful accountable during a global pandemic.  It hasn’t been easy but I’m immensely proud of them.

I’ve been honored to have led the Conference Committee as Chair for the past year.  Our committee helped shape IRE’s first-ever virtual conference last September, which saw record registration. Working closely with staff, I’m also deeply involved in IRE 2021.  I’m most proud of having brought new, diverse voices to panels.  For IRE 2020, I ensured that every broadcast panel included at least one journalist of color or female journalist.  And we can do even better – I’m not finished.

I also serve on the Awards Committee and was honored to be tapped by President Cheryl Thompson to serve on the Executive Director Search Committee.  We were thrilled to welcome Diana Fuentes to that position this year.

I’ve mentored young journalists, spoken on panels and in workshops, screened awards, secured substantial conference sponsorships and generally pitched in wherever and whenever needed.  If re-elected, I still have more to do:

  • Listen! And Bring Us Together. Whether you’ve just discovered IRE or have been a member for years, your voice matters.  I’ll listen. I’ll start periodic office hours where you can ask questions or tell me what you think is working (or not).

And I’d like to see barriers dropped between us – whether based on race, experience, reporting platform or anything else – in the name of doing great journalism together. I have a track record of collaboration, whether it’s pooling our network teams to tackle a project or combining forces with organizations such as CIR/Reveal to achieve the most powerful reporting.  I’d like to foster that spirit by bringing members together more often to learn from one another, brainstorm ideas or have listening sessions, as well as encouraging local meet-ups.

  • Continue Recruitment Through Training and Newsroom Education. We’ve made great strides to introduce new journalists, especially journalists of color, to our stellar training. We need to continue that push by marketing our unique skills to schools and newsrooms around the country and educating news managers about the importance of investigative beats.

I believe my management experience, coupled with my ability to bring people together, have served the IRE board and our membership well. I’m committed to IRE and bring the same passion to the board that I bring to the job I do every day with my team.  I would be grateful for your consideration and vote and hope to connect with you soon. Thank you!


Vicky Nguyen, NBC News: Elect Cindy Galli because she’s everything we want in a board member to represent broadcast investigative journalists across the country. Her dedication to IRE is reflected in her many years of service, from recruiting and supporting diverse members to mentoring journalists at all stages in their careers. Cindy has the experience, commitment and drive to help lead IRE and to strengthen investigative journalism in newsrooms nationwide.

John Kelly, ABC Owned Television Stations: I second Cindy Galli’s nomination to the IRE Board. Cindy champions collaboration and mentorship. She’s dedicated to breaking down walls between broadcast, print and digital members, helping us all learn more about and from one another. She epitomizes IRE’s culture of helping journalists in newsrooms of every kind and size elevate their work. She’s a fierce advocate for making IRE’s training and resources accessible and affordable to all journalists.

Candidate Q & A

Current Position: 

  • Chief of Investigative Projects, ABC News

Prior Experience:

  • Senior Investigative Producer, ABC News
  • Investigative Producer, Inside Edition
  • Consumer Investigative Producer, KGO-TV (San Francisco)
  • Faculty, New England First Amendment Institute (2015-2020)
  • Graduate, University of California at Berkeley

IRE Experience:

  • Current IRE Board Member (elected 2019)
  • Member since 1994 (attended first conference in St. Louis as an intern)
  • Chair, IRE Conference Committee 2020-2021
  • IRE Conference Committee 2019-2021
  • IRE Executive Director Search/Hiring Committee 2020-2021
  • IRE Conference Broadcast Track (sub-committee) 2018, 2019
  • IRE Awards Committee 2020-2021
  • IRE Awards pre-screener 2016-2020
  • IRE Conference panelist 2010-2020
  • IRE Watchdog Workshop speaker, Dallas – 2019
  • Frequent mentor at IRE Conference


  • Manage network team of reporters working on in-depth investigative projects
  • Launched and now run collaborative investigative team comprised of network and affiliate reporters
  • Career-long mentor of female journalists; mentor of student journalists of color
  • Visual storyteller of both long and short-form investigations

Issues on Which I’d Like to Focus:

  • Strengthening bridges between broadcast/print/digital members to foster collaborative spirit
  • Ensuring all IRE members – new and longtime alike – feel included and heard by leadership
  • Continuing to grow diversity and mentorship initiatives
  • Strengthen our foothold as the premiere training organization for investigative journalists worldwide
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