Cast your vote for the IRE Board of Directors

Starting today IRE members can vote online for the IRE Board of Directors. Ballots will be sent to the primary e-mail as listed in your membership profile.

So far seven people have declared candidacy; six of the board’s 13 seats are up for election this year. To learn more about the candidates, click here. No one has declared candidacy for the Contest Committee. If you’re going to the 2015 IRE Conference in Philadelphia, be sure to stop by the candidate forum at 6 p.m. on June 5, immediately following the Showcase Panel. We're hoping conference attendees ...

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NICAR Q&A with Rachael Bale

Rachael Bale

Rachael Bale worked at The Center for Investigative Reporting on environmental stories about pesticides and mining, crime and justice stories, among other topics. She also worked as a freelance reporter ...

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N.J. National Guard’s top officers drove drunk, kept leadership positions

At least four high-ranking colonels in the New Jersey National Guard have been convicted of drunken driving since 2009, according to a story by NJ Advance Media.

Three of the cases took place under the leadership of Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff, who overseas 8,500 soldiers and airmen. Cunniff kept two of the colonels in leadership roles for months after their arrests.

At the same time, the Jersey Guard is dealing with claims of cronyism and racism among its senior officers.

Investigator (QRI)

QRI, a boutique private investigations firm in New York City. We uncover frauds, collect facts, conduct background checks and due diligence, and do strategic research. Our investigations help clients win high-stakes civil lawsuits, execute successful criminal defense strategies, make smarter hiring and deal decisions, root out frauds from within their own companies, and get better outcomes in campaigns.

We are looking for an experienced investigator to help us do the hardest-hitting, most sophisticated investigative work in the industry.


You are:

  • Tenacious about finding facts, following leads, and solving mysteries
  • Able to express yourself in clean, clear prose
  • Savvy with technology ...

$15 million in state funds held in non-profit bank account

KARK 4 News spent two months going through years of board minutes, financial documents and audits after receiving a tip that millions of state dollars were sitting in an out-of-state account, even as rice farmers continued to pay millions in check-offs each year. The station found that members of the state board voted to send this money into a nonprofit bank account, failed to report the revenue to financial officials and may have spent millions of those dollars without the authorization to do so.

Phoenix Fire Department has ties with insurer

KPNX-TV continues their series “Raked Over the Coals” involving the Phoenix Fire Department. This time, they uncovered a customary practice by Farmers Insurance involving an arson case. Their investigation exposes Farmers “Unwritten Rule.” The insurance company withholds reports that are favorable to their insured if they're facing criminal prosecution. Exculpatory evidence that could potentially prove their innocence so Farmers can deny the claim. A regional employee for Farmers admitted under oath he’s done it 5-15 times.

State database reveals ‘overbedding’ problem in Illinois hospitals

Graphic from Crain's Chicago Business 

Chicago is one of the most fragmented hospital markets in the country, with 95 hospitals in a six-county area competing to survive.

Fewer patients are walking through their doors for a host of reasons. Hospitals and doctors are being paid to keep patients healthy and away from costly overnight stays, and can get reimbursed at lower rates if they don’t. Advances in technology have led to same-day surgeries. In Chicago in particular, huge population shifts gutted many minority neighborhoods anchored by hospitals.

Consumers have plenty more options to get care, with clinics popping ...

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Senior Investigative Producer (“Crime Watch Daily”)

"Crime Watch Daily," the new nationally syndicated crime magazine series from Warner Brothers seeks seasoned, energetic and driven investigative producer to join our team. This candidate knows how to create compelling television, knows what makes a good promo and can deliver it.  Candidate will report to the Executive Producers.


  • Conceiving, developing and executing fresh, creative investigations that make noise and headlines
  • Overseeing investigative producers, writers and talent
  • Supervising writing and editing
  • Working with research team, editorial partners and affiliate stations
  • Mapping out special series and sweeps stories
  • Working with promotions team
  • Coordinating with website and social team
  • Programming segments ...