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Marina Villeneuve

Journalism faces harrowing challenges – making IRE’s work critical to ensuring investigative journalism survives, thrives and becomes more accessible than ever.

I am running for the IRE board because of its critical role promoting inclusion in a field that’s long failed to reflect the communities we cover. I will work tirelessly to expand our high-quality training, mentorship and resources and ensure they reach groups who have often faced exclusion and a lack of support in our industry.

As a Latina and first-generation college graduate, I know personally how IRE’s programming, instruction and financial assistance can provide a critical roadmap to navigating the hallowed, mazy halls of investigative journalism.

I can offer my experience organizing programming and mentoring the next generation of journalists through IRE, the Journalism & Women Symposium, Chip Quinns Scholars and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

And I can provide insight into the particular needs of investigative journalism across platforms: from working as an investigative producer at a Boston television station, to building data skills as a reporting fellow at an investigative nonprofit, to steering enterprising statehouse coverage for The Associated Press in Maine and New York, to pitching investigative stories at local newspapers.

Newsrooms have cut staff and resources over the past decades – meaning less time and money for ambitious projects and professional development. Organizations have curtailed, or scrapped, DEI initiatives. And, it grows more difficult to benefit from the institutional knowledge of veteran journalists. Wages have yet to catch up with housing and other costs at rates unseen in prior generations – meaning it’s more important than ever to support investigative work by freelancers and people from marginalized backgrounds who already face wage gaps and lower retention.

My ideas include:

  • Partnering with affinity groups on follow-up initiatives to NAHJ’s damning report documenting how investigative newsrooms fail to reflect communities they cover – with a goal of highlighting solutions and progress.
  • Supporting members with unconventional career paths and particular challenges through targeted programming – from caregivers, to those returning to the industry, to those lacking safety nets.
  • Identify ways to make all IRE/NICAR/AccessFest panels (including tip sheets and audio) as easily and readily accessible as possible.

I hope to give back to an organization that has nurtured my career from the start, when I struggled to get by on my entry-level salary. IRE fellowships allowed me to attend my first IRE in 2014, and a coding boot camp in 2015. IRE has taught me how to approach every story with an investigative mindset and a focus on data, documents and compelling narratives. I want everyone in our industry to have access to such invaluable resources.

Currently, I am helping organize IRE/NICAR meet-ups in Boston with a goal of fostering community and skill-sharing. Since 2023, I have served on IRE committees screening the Golden Padlock Awards and IRE Awards. And I have spoken on IRE panels on topics from statehouse reporting to quick-hit accountability stories.

I would like to ask for your vote in this year’s IRE Board election.


Michael Casey, The Associated Press – I heartily endorse the candidacy of Marina Villeneuve for a seat on the IRE board. Ever since I met Marina in 2016, I have been impressed by her dogged reporting and data skills. She excelled at The Associated Press covering the legislature in Maine and New York before moving onto to cover former President Trump for Salon. Along with her professional career, Marina has given a lot to the IRE, regularly attending IRE and NICAR conferences and serving on panels over the years. She also has served several times as a member of the IRE Golden Padlock Committee. Marina would also be a great voice for women and journalist of color as a member of the IRE board.

Maysoon Khan, The Associated Press – I happily nominate Marina Villeneuve for candidacy for the IRE Board. Marina and I met when I joined The Associated Press through the Report for America Program in 2022. I had a bit of a trepidation covering politics and state government, but Marina quickly took me under her wing. I appreciated the opportunity to learn under her because it made me a better reporter. She pushed me to network with lawmakers, lobbyists, and advocacy groups to build a repertoire of trusted sources. She also gained a reputation in our newsroom as a talented, kind, and knowledgeable reporter who was often the newsroom's go-to person for her deep knowledge on data and other government transparency resources. She would make an excellent candidate.

Candidate Q & A

Current position:

  • Legal reporter, Salon

Prior experience:

  • Investigative producer, Boston 25 (Feb. 2022-March 2023)
  • New York statehouse reporter, Associated Press (Sept. 2019-Dec. 2022)
  • Maine statehouse reporter, Associated Press (May 2016-Sept. 2019)
  • Municipal reporter, The (Bergen) Record (Nov. 2014-April 2016)
  • Investigative reporting fellow, Maine Monitor (Feb-Oct. 2014)

Internships at:

  • Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Gannett Washington Bureau, The (Lowell) Sun.
  • Previous board experience as a board member and conference co-chair for the Journalism & Women Symposium (2018)
  • Writing coach for Chips Quinn Scholars program (2019)

IRE experience:

  • Member, 2024, IRE Golden Padlock Committee
  • Attendee, 2024, NICAR conference
  • Member, 2023, IRE Awards screening
  • Panelist, 2022, IRE Conference (Statehouse reporting panel)
  • Panelist, 2022, IRE DBEI Symposium (Lightning talk on quick hit accountability stories on inequality)
  • Member, 2021, IRE Golden Padlock Committee
  • Trainee, 2019, IRE CAR Bootcamp
  • Fellowship recipient, 2015, Ottaway Minority Fellowship to attend IRE Coding Boot Camp
  • Fellowship recipient, 2014, IRE Minority Development Fellowship to attend the 2014 IRE Conference
  • Attendee, IRE conferences (in 2014, 2021, 2022);


  • Statehouse reporting
  • Data analysis
  • FOIA law
  • Fellowships: USC Center for Health Journalism National Fellow (2023); LMU Loyola Law School journalism fellowship (2020); New England First Amendment Institute Fellow (2016)

Notable awards:

  • Two of my investigative stories were nominated for Emmys in 2024

I have contributed reporting to projects that have received acclaim:

  • 2024: Overpayment Outrage, a semifinalist for Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting
  • 2021: The Siluarians Excellence in Journalism Awards prize for investigative journalism

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Issues you would like to address as a board member

  • Partnering with journalism affinity groups on follow-up initiatives to NAHJ’s damning report on how investigative newsrooms don’t reflect communities they cover
  • Continuing efforts to assist freelancers, early career professionals and others who lack newsrooms who will cover the cost of attending IRE conferences/trainings
  • Supporting members with unconventional career paths in investigative journalism – including parents and caregivers and journalists returning to the industry

Expand IRE’s mentorship program to empower members at a time of layoffs and industry uncertainty

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