Fast and furious investigations

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Anthony Cave of KXAN/NBC Austin; Tony Plohetski of Austin American-Statesman; Mc Nelly Torres of independent journalist; Jill Riepenhoff of InvestigateTV
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 10:15am
  • Location: Texas G
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Quick-turn investigations you can do in 14 days or less. Jump off a breaking news event, a press release or a politician claim to do impressive accountability reporting. You’ll learn about source building to get good investigative tips, documents, data and see examples of powerful investigations done on the fly.

Speaker Bios

  • I'm on the investigative team at KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin. 

  • Tony Plohetski is a member of the Austin American-Statesman's five-reporter investigative team, which last year produced the newspaper's "Uncounted Casualties" series. The three-day report took an unprecedented look at what happened to Texas veterans from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq after returning home. Plohetski spent more than a decade as covering law enforcement before joining the investigative team.

  • Jill Riepenhoff is a producer for InvestigateTV. Prior to joining the national TV team in 2017, she was an investigative reporter at The Columbus Dispatch for more than three decades. With that many years under her belt, she has written about all sorts of unsavory characters/agencies/laws. She also likes to dig into sports from time to time. She is a member of the IRE Board of Directors. @JRiep

  • Mc Nelly Torres is an independent award-winning journalist based in South Florida. As a freelance journalist, she has done work for Bloomberg and the Center for Investigative Journalism of P.R. In 2010, Torres co-founded FCIR.org. Her work at the Sun-Sentinel won state, regional and national awards. She covered education for the San Antonio Express-News where her work contributed to the conviction of a school building architect. In South Carolina, she garnered local and state awards for her investigative work on the state's hog farm permit process. Torres served on IRE’s Board from 2008-2014. @WatchdogDiva

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