Reboot your skills, recharge your watchdog batteries and reconnect with the world’s largest network of investigative journalists during this year’s gathering in Houston.

Choose from more than 175 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations. Learn how to improve reporting and storytelling across all platforms. Celebrate the best of investigative reporting during our IRE Awards luncheon. Mix and mingle with the best in the business. Learn. Share. Connect.

All at #IRE19, which opens at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 13, and runs daily until 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16.

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Rick Hutzell to deliver keynote address

We’re pleased to announce that Rick Hutzell will deliver the IRE19 keynote address.

The editor of Capital Gazette Communications in Annapolis, Maryland, will address IRE19 attendees nearly a year after the June 2018 shooting that killed five Capital Gazette employees.

“Choosing Rick as our keynote speaker for this year’s luncheon was an easy decision for the board,” IRE Board President Cheryl W. Thompson said. “What he and his newsroom went through was unthinkable, yet they pressed on. Their determination and dedication to our craft have inspired journalists everywhere.”

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SHOWCASE PANEL: Investigating Trumpworld

What can investigative journalists anywhere learn and apply in their own work from the award-winning coverage of the Trump Organization, Trump Foundation and related businesses? In this fast-paced Showcase Panel (Friday, Jun. 14 at 5 pm), hear behind-the-scenes stories and advice from journalists who’ve broken some of the biggest investigations during the Trump Administration. What documents and data can help you investigate wealthy people and businesses in your own communities? How can you develop sources who will help you navigate through sticky financial wickets? And how do you deal effectively with pushback and attacks on your work from powerful people?

Speakers will include Andrea Bernstein of WNYC – New York Public Radio; Susanne Craig of The New York Times; David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post; David Cay Johnston of DCReport; Michael Rothfeld of The Wall Street Journal; and Pierre Thomas of ABC News.


Mentorship networking program

** The deadline to sign up has passed. We are no longer taking applications. **

This year, mentees will have the opportunity to talk with several prospective mentors at tables arranged by topic. Mentors will pick one area of expertise (FOI, data, management/career, etc.) to discuss with multiple participants. Mentees who are looking for help and advice on certain topics will be able to meet with different mentors. Connections made during the mentoring breakfast can grow and develop organically long after the conference.

The mentorship networking breakfast — co-sponsored by George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs and the Scripps Howard Foundation — will be held from 7:45 – 8:45 a.m. on Friday, June 14, in the Texas E room of the conference hotel.


IRE Principles (Code of Conduct)

Investigative Reporters & Editors is committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of race, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, appearance or religion.

IRE supports vigorous debate and welcomes disagreement, while maintaining a civil and respectful community. Discriminatory or harassing behavior is not permitted.

IRE may take any action it deems appropriate to deal with those who violate our principles, including exclusion from our events, forums, listservs and the organization itself.

This code of conduct covers all participants in IRE events and is in effect the entire time from the beginning until the end of our conferences. During conferences, we will publicize a contact email, in addition to making staff and IRE board members easily identifiable, with badges that identify themselves as such, so you know whom to contact if you see or experience an issue.

If you feel threatened or in immediate jeopardy during an IRE event, you should call building security by calling 0 from a house phone, or local police by dialing 911.

During the scheduled program, concerns can be brought to the attention of IRE staff or board members in person. Contact information to reach an IRE board member outside of the scheduled program can be found here: