Welcome Reception

Thursday, June 13 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Kick off the conference with a welcome reception on Thursday night beginning at 6 p.m in Texas E, located on level 4 of the Marriott Marquis Houston. 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. Conference name tags are required for entry.


IRE Board of Directors meeting

Thursday, June 13 from 2-5 p.m.

The IRE Board of Directors will meet on Thursday from 2-5 p.m. in Westchase, located on level 3 of the Marriott Marquis Houston, as part of the annual conference. The meeting is open to all IRE members.


IRE Board of Director candidate speeches

Friday, June 14 from 6:15-6:30 p.m.

Meet the candidates for the IRE Board of Directors at 6:15 p.m. in Texas D, located on level 4 of the Marriott Marquis Houston following the afternoon Showcase Panel.


IRE Awards Luncheon featuring Rick Hutzell as keynote speaker (Co-sponsored by NBC News and NBC Owned Television Stations)

Saturday, June 15 from 12:30 – 3 p.m.

A highlight of the IRE conference, the IRE Awards Luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Houston Ballroom located on level 2 of the Marriott Marquis Houston. We will present the 2018 IRE Awards and salute some of the best investigative work of the past year, and will hear from keynote speaker Rick Hutzell, the editor of Capital Gazette Communications. Admission to the luncheon is included with your conference registration. Guest tickets can be purchased here for $60. Guest tickets will be available for pick-up at the IRE sales table located on level 4 of the Marriott Marquis Houston beginning Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 a.m.


IRE Membership meeting

Saturday, June 15 from 5:30-6:15 p.m.

IRE Executive Director Doug Haddix and IRE Board President Cheryl W. Thompson will lead a membership meeting for all IRE members at 5:30 p.m. in Texas C, located on level 4 of the Marriott Marquis Houston.


Closing reception (Sponsored by Google News Initiative with support from Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press)

Saturday, June 15 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Join us for a closing reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the South event lawn located on the pool deck of the Marriott Marquis Houston and enjoy one last evening of catching up with old and new friends, speakers and colleagues. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Conference name tags are required for entry.