Why join IRE? Take it from our members

“I started at WSB and all I heard was, ‘You’ve got to be part of this IRE.’… They were absolutely right.”

Lawan Hamilton

Executive Producer for National Investigations, Scripps News


"There’s a community of IRE members here that I’ll meet today that I’m convinced I’ll be talking to 10 years from now."

George Colli

Investigative Reporter, WVIT-Connecticut


"Networking with our colleagues is especially important at a time when journalism is being besieged by budget cuts."

Brian Ross

Chief Investigative Correspondent, ABC News


"The training and the advice and the support that I get from IRE has really helped me as I work on projects."

Daniel Gilbert

Reporter, Pulitzer Prize-winner, The Wall Street Journal

"Every single time I come here I learn something new. I feel like a kid again in journalism - I'm always leaving excited to try something new, to try something different."

Deborah Sherman

Investigative Reporter, KUSA-TV


Member benefits

These days, there's more pressure than ever to rise above your competition. IRE can help put the punch into your daily reporting – with resources you won't find anywhere else.

With your membership, you’ll get:

  • 3,000+
    Tip Sheets

    Some of the best reporters in the business have put together more than 3,000 guides to help you with you reporting. From step-by-step guides to computer-assisted reporting to tips on covering crime, the environment, education and more, our tipsheets are a great place to begin any investigation.

  • Exclusive

    The National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting provides members access to more than 30 government databases covering campaign finance, transportation, crime and more.

  • Member

    Communicate with some of the biggest names in investigative journalism on one of the six IRE listservs. Get tips, make connections and advance your career.

  • IRE Journal

    Keep up with the latest and greatest investigations and tips through our magazine, the IRE Journal.

  • Premium
    Reporting Tools

    IRE now offers free access to premium versions of Tableau Desktop, a data analysis and visualization tool; Cometdocs, an online file conversion and storage tool to better help journalists with PDF files, and CartoDB, an open source tool that allows for the storage and visualization of geospatial data on the web. To sign up, email Amy Johnston at

  • And much more