About IRE

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors serves as the governing body of IRE.


David Cay JohnstonDavid Cay Johnston, is IRE Board President. He won an IRE Medal for his book Perfectly Legal and a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his work exposing tax inequities in The New York Times. Johnston now teaches at Syracuse University College of Law, is a contributing editor at Newsweek and writes columns for AlJazeera, NationalMemo and Tax Analysts. He is a frequent commentator on economic issues, especially on MSNBC and Al Jazeera. He is editor of a forthcoming anthology titled DIVIDED: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality to be published in April by The New Press. He can be reached at davidcay@me.com. (Originally elected 2009; current term expires June 2015.)

Sarah Cohen Sarah Cohen, Vice President, is a reporter for The New York Times, where she works on computer-assisted projects. She previously worked as the Knight chair at Duke University, a database editor for the Washington Post, and a reporter in Florida. (Originally elected 2010; current term expires June 2014.)


Ellen GablerEllen Gabler, Secretary, is a reporter/assistant editor on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s investigative team. She previously worked at the Chicago Tribune, where she was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for stories about dangerous baby products. She has also worked at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and the Stillwater (Minn.) Gazette. She can be reached at egabler@jrn.com. (Originally elected 2012; current term expires June 2014.)


Andrew DonohueAndrew Donohue, Treasurer, is a senior editor at the Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, he helped build and lead Voice of San Diego, a pioneering news outlet that has become a model for investigative reporting in the digital age. He oversaw a newsroom that merged high-impact reporting with innovative storytelling and collaboration. He's won the IRE award and the SPJ Sigma Delta Chi award for online investigative reporting, and VOSD won the ONA General Excellence Award and was named the urban innovation leader for California by Fast Company. Donohue served as a Knight fellow at Stanford. He can be reached at andrew2donohue@gmail.com. (Originally elected 2010; current term expires June 2014.)

Mc Nelly TorresMc Nelly Torres, Executive Member, is an award-winning reporter based in South Florida and an investigative producer for NBC6 in Miami. In 2010, Torres co-founded Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, the first bilingual investigative nonprofit. Previously, she was a consumer watchdog for the Sun-Sentinel where her stories won state, regional and national awards. She covered education the San Antonio Express-News in Texas where her work contributed to the conviction of a school building architect. At the Morning News in South Carolina, she garnered local and state awards for her investigative work on the state's hog farm permit filing process. Torres is a board member for the Investigative Reporters and Editors organization. Torres can be contacted at McNelly.Torres@nbcuni.com or @WatchdogDiva. (Originally elected 2008; current term expires June 2014.)

BranstetterZiva Branstetter is the enterprise editor at the Tulsa World, where she has worked since 1994. Ziva and the members of her investigative team have won state and national awards for their work. She also served as the World's city editor and held other editing and reporting positions at the paper. Previously, she worked for The Tulsa Tribune and the Philadelphia Daily News. Ziva served as a member of the investigative reporting jury for the 2013 Pulitzer Prizes and is president-elect of Freedom of Information Oklahoma Inc., a nonprofit watchdog group devoted to open government. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. She can be reached at ziva.branstetter@tulsaworld.com or @zivabranstetter. (Originally elected 2013; current term expires June 2015.)

Robb CribbRobert Cribb is an investigative reporter at the Toronto Star, past president of the Canadian Association of Journalists, current president of the Canadian Association of Journalists Educational Foundation, a lecturer at Toronto's Ryerson University School of Journalism and co-author of "Digging Deeper: A Canadian Reporter's Research Guide" (Oxford University Press). He has worked closely with IRE on projects including the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Toronto and regional conferences co-hosted by the Canadian Association of Journalists and the IRE in Vancouver and Windsor, Ontario. His own news investigations over the past decade include series on serious food safety problems, exploitation of foreign workers, illegal slaughterhouses, fraudulent telemarketing boiler rooms, dangerous doctors, slum landlords, airline safety and government corruption. (Originally elected 2009; current term expires June 2014.)


Len Downie Jr.Leonard Downie Jr. is Weil Family Professor of Journalism at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication -- and a vice president at large and former executive editor of The Washington Post. He is a founder and current board member of Investigative Reporters and Editors -- and chairman of the advisory boards of Kaiser Health News and the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting. He is the author of five books, including The New Muckrakers, a reprint of which is available from IRE.(Originally elected 2009; current term expires June 2015.)

Manny GarciaManny Garcia (chairman, past president) is Editor of the Naples Daily News. Prior to joining the Naples team, he was Executive Editor and General Manager of el Nuevo Herald in Miami. Manny is a past IRE president and currently serves on the board. As a reporter and editor, his investigations have changed Florida law, led to the arrests of numerous public officials, ousted a sitting congressman and helped free a man serving life for murders he did not commit.  His projects have helped win an IRE award, as well as the Goldsmith and Pulitzer prizes. (Originally elected 2006; current term expires June 2014.)

Matt GoldbergMatt Goldberg is the Assistant News Director at NBC Bay Area in the San Francisco television market where he leads one of the nation's largest investigative units. He has been honored with many local and national awards, including the IRE certificate. He has worked as an investigative producer for television stations in Phoenix, Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. His stories have exposed consumer fraud, government corruption and health and human rights violations. He can be reached at matt.goldberg@nbcuni.com. (Originally elected 2013; current term expires June 2015.)

Josh MeyerJosh Meyer is the director of education and outreach for the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative in Washington, DC, as well as a global security correspondent for Atlantic Media's new online publication, Quartz. He is also the co-author of the 2012 book, "The Hunt For KSM, Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,” and a veteran journalist who spent 20 years as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times. At Medill, he leads groups of post-graduate students on three-month investigative projects and teaches graduate-level classes on national security. He is helping build the initiative into a full-fledged center that assists working journalists, students and educators in finding the best ways to do, and to teach, these kinds of journalism in this changing media environment—including covering terrorism, war, nuclear proliferation, intelligence and law enforcement reform. Josh held various posts at The Times and covered a wide range of issues, including government, politics and law enforcement. He focused on terrorism and related national security issues from 2000 until 2010, most of that time in the paper’s Washington bureau. He has won or shared in numerous local, state and national awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes awarded to reporting teams he was on. (Originally elected 2011; current term expires June 2015.)

T. Christian MillerT. Christian Miller joined ProPublica in 2008 as a senior reporter based in Washington, D.C. He spent the previous 11 years at the Los Angeles Times. His work included coverage of the 2000 presidential campaign and three years as a bureau chief for the Times, responsible for 10 countries in South and Central America. He has received the George Polk Award, the Dart Award, the Selden Ring Award, the IRE Award, two Overseas Press Club awards, a Livingston Award, the John B. Oakes Award and a certificate of recognition from the Daniel Pearl awards. Miller had a Knight Fellowship in 2011 to study at Stanford University. He can be reached at t.christian.miller@propublica.org or @txtianmiller. (Originally elected 2013; current term expires June 2015.)

Stuart Watson Stuart Watson, investigative reporter at WCNC-TV in Charlotte, N.C., has been an IRE member since 1986. That’s when a mentor told him how to be a real investigative reporter: “There’s a book: ‘The Reporter’s Handbook’. Read it. There’s an organization: IRE. Join it.” Since then Stuart has won the IRE Award twice and the Peabody Award three times. He has served on the board of directors three times and never let his membership lapse. (Originally elected 2012; current term expires June 2014.)