Take advantage of these special events organized by IRE.


IRE Board Meeting

Thursday, June 22 from 2-5 p.m.

The IRE Board of Directors will meet on Thursday from 2-5 p.m. in Wildflower A, as part of the annual conference. The meeting is open to all IRE members. 


Welcome Reception

Sponsored by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University

Thursday, June 22 at 6 p.m. 

Kick off the conference with a welcome reception on Thursday night beginning at 6 p.m in Grand Saguaro North & South. Meet up with friends you have not seen since last year and welcome new attendees. Each attendee will receive one drink ticket for beer, wine, soda or bottled water.


IRE Board candidate speeches

Friday, June 23 at 6:15 p.m.

Meet the candidates for the IRE Board of Directors on Friday at 6:15 p.m. in Grand Canyon 6-8 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 24 at 12:30 p.m.

A highlight of the IRE conference, the IRE Awards Luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday in Grand Saguaro Ballroom. We will present the 2016 IRE Awards and salute some of the best investigative work of the past year, and will hear from keynote speaker Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Magazine.

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 at the JW Phoenix Desert Ridge beginning Thursday, June 22 at 7:30 a.m.


IRE Membership Meeting

Saturday, June 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Doug Haddix, IRE’s Executive Director, will hold a membership meeting for all IRE members on Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. in Grand Saguaro North.


Closing Reception

Sponsored by CNN and IRE

Saturday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a closing reception Saturday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Grand Saguaro South, East & West 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 nametags are required for entry.