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IRE hires former NAHJ executive director as director of partnerships

Investigative Reporters and Editors is pleased to announce that veteran nonprofit executive Anna López is the new director of partnerships for the 6,000-member organization. 

López will lead IRE’s foundation, fundraising, sponsorship and partnership management.  She will also head IRE’s scholarship and fellowship programs.

“We are delighted to have Anna’s expertise and talents on board at IRE,” said IRE Executive Director Diana Fuentes. “Her energy, positive attitude and skill in bringing together diverse interests for the benefit of all will help our members and our industry at a critical time for journalism.” 

López has extensive experience in diversity and equity initiatives, resource development and engaging communities across a broad range of projects.

Before joining IRE, she served four years as program director for National League of Cities. Before that, she served twice as executive director of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and also served as executive director of Unity: Journalists of Color. 

She has 20 years of experience leading and fundraising for nonprofit organizations.

“I am very excited and honored to join IRE and be part of a team that’s dedicated to providing exceptional training opportunities for its members," López said. “I look forward to being able to help IRE further its mission of empowering journalists to enhance their news coverage.”   

López succeeds Chris Vachon, who left IRE in June after five years in the position.

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