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Managing Investigators: From Stress to Success… The “People” Part of Supervising

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February 27


1:00 PM


2:00 PM


It’s the #1 topic instructors field in IRE’s “Managing Investigators” master class: how to have those tough conversations with journalists built to challenge authority. So, we decided to dedicate an entire hour-long webinar to this topic for some extra, hyper-focused attention. If you’re a supervisor preparing for annual employee reviews, mulling over a sensitive one-on-one with an investigative journalist or struggling to find meaningful ways to help that person improve and grow – this session is for you! Panelists will share their best tips and experience for navigating stressful moments with your team, managing challenging chats, setting goals, delivering feedback and receiving pitches openly. This management webinar series will continue into the spring and is open to any IRE member – especially those currently or aspiring to lead investigators. You may submit questions anonymously to this form before the event, or speak directly during the live event to panelists.

Date and Time

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. (ET)


Nicole Vap, Innovation Lab at CBS News and Stations (moderator)
Nicole Vap is the executive producer of content development for the Innovation Lab at CBS News and Stations. She leads a team of journalists producing data-driven and solutions-based national investigative stories that are scaled for local markets. Nicole previously served for six years on the IRE Board of Directors and currently sits on IRE’s member services committee, focusing efforts with its management subcommittee. She has two daughters and lives in Denver with her husband and dogs.

Manuel Torres, The Marshall Project
Manuel Torres is a senior editor at The Marshall Project, working with a team of investigative journalists. He managed and co-edited a year-long investigation of how police use dogs, which won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. Before joining The Marshall Project in 2019, Torres worked for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans for 19 years as a reporter and editor. He lives in New Orleans.

Julie Wolfe, KING 5
Julie Wolfe is the News Director at KING 5, overseeing the station’s news content across all platforms, including twelve hours of news a day across KING 5 (NBC), KONG (Independent), and K5+ (Streaming). Julie joined KING in 2021 from WHAS in Louisville. There, she launched multiple newscasts and a new investigative unit, FOCUS. Before that, Julie spent more than a decade at WXIA in Atlanta most recently as a Digital Director and then Assistant News Director. Julie started her career as an MMJ/ Reporter in Cheyenne, WY; Buffalo, NY; and Atlanta, GA. She is a Carol Kneeland Leadership Alumni, served on the RTDNA board, and was in the 2023 Seattle Leadership Tomorrow cohort. She’s won a bunch of awards and done a bunch of stuff, but says her top job is being a working mom to her 8-year-old daughter, Katherine.

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  • Free for current IRE members. You must still go through the ticketing/registration process so Zoom info can be sent prior to the webinar


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