The IRE Principles (Code of Conduct): A conversation with the IRE Board of Directors

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Matt Dempsey of Houston Chronicle; Doug Haddix of IRE and NICAR; Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop; T. Christian Miller of ProPublica; Steven Rich of The Washington Post; Jill Riepenhoff of InvestigateTV; Norberto Santana of Voice of OC; Cheryl W. Thompson of NPR; Jodi Upton of Syracuse University; Nicole Vap of KUSA/9News Denver
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 7 at 3:30pm
  • Location: Salon C
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Several members of the IRE Board of Directors will be on hand to discuss the recent changes to the IRE Principles (Code of Conduct). This session is designed to be a conversation -- not a presentation -- so bring your questions. 

Speaker Bios

  • Matt Dempsey is the data editor at the Houston Chronicle. He worked on projects involving wildfires, state pensions, and the chemical industry. His passion for public records frequently leads to disclosure of data from all levels of government. His series Chemical Breakdown won the 2016 IRE Innovation award and the National Press Foundation's "Feddie" award. His work was a key part of the Chronicle's 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist entry for Breaking News.

  • Doug Haddix is executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors. His 20-year newspaper career included a decade as investigative projects editor at The Columbus Dispatch and stints as city editor of daily newspapers in Scranton, Pa., and Danville, Ill. Before returning to IRE, where he previously worked as a training director, Haddix served as an assistant vice president at Ohio State University and director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism. 

  • Jennifer LaFleur is data editor at The Investigative Reporting Workshop and teaches at American University.  She previously was a senior editor at Reveal/CIR, data editor at ProPublica, The Dallas Morning News, the San Jose Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was NICAR's founding training director and has won awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues. 

  • IRE Board Member. ProPublica reporter. Lover of data. Let's grab a coffee and chat. @txtianmiller

  • Steven Rich is the database editor for investigations at The Washington Post. He's worked on investigations probing the National Security Agency, tax lien sales, asset forfeiture, policing and college athletics. He has been a reporter on two teams awarded Pulitzer Prizes, in 2014 and 2016, and on a team awarded a Peabody in 2018. Steven is a graduate of Mizzou and Virginia Tech. He was elected to IRE’s Board of Directors in 2015. @dataeditor

  • Jill Riepenhoff is a producer for InvestigateTV. Prior to joining the national TV team in 2017, she was an investigative reporter at The Columbus Dispatch for more than three decades. With that many years under her belt, she has written about all sorts of unsavory characters/agencies/laws. She also likes to dig into sports from time to time. She is a member of the IRE Board of Directors. @JRiep

  • Norberto Santana Jr. is an award-winning investigative reporter with more than two decades reporting experience, largely focused on local government across Southern California. He’s worked as a staff writer for the Orange County Register, the San Diego Union Tribune, the San Bernardino County Sun, the Virgin Islands Daily News and Congressional Quarterly. Since 2009, he’s led the digital nonprofit newsroom, Voice of OC, covering civic life in Orange County, California.

  • Cheryl W. Thompson is IRE board president and an investigative correspondent for NPR. Prior to joining NPR in January, she spent 22 years at The Washington Post. Her investigations include local political corruption, cops killed by guns, witnesses killed for cooperating with police, people who died after being Tasered by police, and the unsolved murders of six black girls nearly 50 years ago. Her awards include a shared Pulitzer, an Emmy, IRE and two NABJ awards. 

  • Jodi Upton is the Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism at Syracuse University, where she is developing a data journalism program. Previously, she was Senior Database Editor at USA TODAY, where she led a team on stories from mass killings to Medicare fraud to football coach contracts. She was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University and is a consultant for the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

  • Nicole works as the Director of Investigative Journalism for KUSA, 9NEWS in Denver, CO and with TEGNA. Her team won a national Edward R. Murrow award along with a Sigma Delta Chi award in 2018 for their Show Us Your Bills series that exposed inappropriate medical bills sent to people in their community. Nicole has also won a Columbia duPont baton and numerous other awards. She is an IRE Board member and serves on the board's executive committee.

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