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Cindy Galli

Thank you for reading about me and voting in this year’s election. I currently and proudly serve as IRE’s vice-president and I’m a longtime member and cheerleader. I oversee the ABC News Investigative Unit, a talented team of journalists who are skilled at holding the powerful accountable – some of them recruited from this very organization. (And I landed two jobs myself through IRE!) I attended my first IRE conference as an 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.

I’ve been honored to lead alongside IRE’s president this year and help shape the vision for the board and the organization. In addition to serving on the Executive and Governance Committees and the Election Task Force, I’ve served as chair of the Conference Committee for the past three years. I’m most proud of having recruited new, diverse voices and perspectives while continuing to tap our valued longtime members. I have ensured that every broadcast panel include at least one journalist of color and female journalist. And my committee has worked hard to make sure IRE and NICAR conferences remain affordable.

As vice-president, I’ve worked with our partners at the Missouri School of Journalism on initiatives designed to secure sources of funding for our organization as well as expand training opportunities under the renowned IRE brand.

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

  • Bring Us Together. Whether you’ve just discovered IRE or have been a member for years, your voice matters. We’ve started a slew of initiatives designed to connect members and also make IRE more accessible at conferences. This is based on what YOU said you wanted.I have a strong track record of collaboration and I bring that spirit to IRE. I’m a listener and communicator and love to bring people together, whether it’s to find common ground, brainstorm, collaborate or resolve differences.
  • Secure IRE’s Financial Future. We need to continue to find sources of funding to ensure our viability for the next generation of journalists. With increased competition in the training space, making sure corporate and newsroom funders know the value of IRE and securing support from them is crucial.
  • Recruitment Through Training and Newsroom Education. We’ve made great strides to introduce new journalists to our stellar training. Let’s continue that push by marketing our unique skills to schools around the country and educate news managers about the importance of investigative beats.

My management experience, coupled with my ability to bring people together, have served the IRE board, staff and 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. I would be grateful for your consideration and vote and hope to connect with you soon. Thank you!


Nominations

Matt Goldberg, NBC Universal: It is my absolute pleasure to nominate Cindy Galli for the IRE Board. For more than 20 years Cindy has been a champion of investigative reporting and a mentor to so many IRE members. Her leadership, dedication and pure determination make her the right choice to guide IRE into the future. As the EP of ABC’s investigative team, Cindy knows how important our craft and stories are and the impact they can have on the communities we serve. She is the ultimate friend, colleague and example of an IRE advocate.

Mark Walker, The New York Times: I'm proud to nominate Cindy Galli for the IRE board. Since I’ve known Cindy I’ve been impressed by her depth of knowledge of the organization, the industry and what is needed to help young journalists thrive. The IRE’s members have benefitted immeasurably from Cindy’s leadership as vice president of the executive committee of the board of directors and chair of the conference committee. She has consistently curated content for the IRE and NICAR and been willing to tackle every issue put before her while serving on other committees. She is valued tremendously, not just by me, but by the staff and every member of the organization she comes in contact with. Cindy is a smart and hardworking leader. She has and will continue to be a tremendous asset to the IRE.

Candidate Q & A

Current Position:

  • Executive Producer, Investigative Unit – ABC News

Prior Experience:

  • Chief of Investigative Projects, ABC News
  • Senior Investigative Producer, ABC News
  • Investigative Producer, Inside Edition
  • Consumer Investigative Producer, KGO-TV (San Francisco)
  • Faculty, New England First Amendment Institute (2015-2022)
  • Graduate, University of California at Berkeley

IRE Experience:

  • Current IRE Board Vice President, Executive Committee (2022- )
  • IRE Board At-Large Member, Executive Committee (2021-2022)
  • IRE Board Member (2019-present)
  • Member since 1994 (attended first conference in St. Louis as an intern)
  • Chair, IRE Conference Committee 2020-present
  • IRE Conference Committee 2019-present
  • IRE Governance Committee 2022-present
  • IRE Election Task Force 2021-2023
  • 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 2016-2022
  • IRE Conference panelist 2010-2022
  • IRE Watchdog Workshop speaker, Dallas – 2019
  • Annual mentor at IRE & NICAR Conferences
  • Secure corporate sponsorship by ABC News/Disney for IRE conferences

Expertise:

  • Built and manage a large, diverse team of reporters and producers working on enterprise investigations
  • Oversee all investigative projects publishing/airing on all ABC News platforms
  • Launched and now run collaborative investigative team comprised of network and affiliate reporters
  • Conceived and oversee “Uvalde:365” – a network initiative to remain in and report from Uvalde, TX
  • Career-long recruiter and mentor of female journalists and journalists of color
  • Visual storyteller of both long and short-form investigations

Issues on Which I’d Like to Focus:

  • Ensuring all IRE members – new and longtime alike – feel included and heard by leadership
  • Securing new funding sources to ensure IRE’s financial future
  • Continuing to grow diversity and mentorship initiatives
  • Fostering collaborative spirit between members from all platforms and experience levels
  • Strengthening our foothold as the premiere training organization for investigative journalists worldwide
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