Special Events

Take advantage of these special events organized by IRE.


Welcome Reception

Sponsored by The Advocate

Thursday, June 16 at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas (1 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130)

Kick off the conference with a welcome reception on Thursday night beginning at 7 p.m. Meet up with friends you have not seen since last year and welcome new attendees. Light hors d’ oeuvres will be served and each attendee will receive one drink ticket.


IRE Board Meeting

Thursday, June 16 – Time TBD

The IRE Board of Directors will meet on Thursday in Riverview 1, located on the 41st floor, as part of the annual conference. The meeting is open to all IRE members. 


IRE Board candidate speeches

Friday, June 17 at 6:15 p.m. in Salon D-E

Meet the candidates for the IRE Board of Directors on Friday at 6:15 p.m. in Salon D-E following the Showcase Panel. Learn more about the candidates and election.


IRE Awards Luncheon

Sponsored by NBC Universal Owned Television Stations and NBC News

Saturday, June 18 at 12:30 p.m.

A highlight of the IRE conference, the IRE Awards Luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Grand Ballroom located on the 3rd floor. We will present the 2015 IRE Awards and salute some of the best investigative work of the past year, and will hear from keynote speaker Sheila S. Coronel of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Admission to the luncheon is included with your conference registration. Guest tickets can be purchased for $55. Guest tickets will be available for pick-up at the IRE sales table located in Preservation Hall on the 3rd floor of the New Orleans Marriott beginning Thursday, June 16 at 7 a.m.


IRE Membership Meeting

Saturday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m.

Mark Horvit, IRE’s Executive Director, will hold a membership meeting for all IRE members on Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Bissonet Ballroom located on the 3rd floor.


Closing Reception

Saturday, June 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Join us for a closing reception Saturday evening in the Acadia Ballroom, located on the 3rd floor, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. and enjoy one last evening of catching up with old and new friends, speakers and colleagues.   

Hors d’ oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Conference name tags are required for entry.