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, and Cometdocs, an online file conversion and storage tool to better help journalists with PDF files. To sign up, email Amy Johnston at

  • And much more