Broadcast Track: The women

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Nancy Amons of WSMV-Nashville; Erica Byfield of WNBC New York City; Cindy Galli of ABC News; Darcy Spears of KTNV-Las Vegas
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 11:30am
  • Location: Texas H
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Female investigative reporters face a unique set of challenges. How do we press for accountability without being called a b*#@$? How do we get answers in a friendly way without someone thinking we’re “using what we’ve got”? Both inside and outside the newsroom, our road to becoming established investigative reporters hasn’t been without pebbles (sometimes boulders) of sexism. You’ll hear from four veteran female investigative journalists about how they got their start in and now navigate a world where being tough is a prerequisite for the job.

This session is sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speaker Bios

  • Nancy has been at WSMV in Nashville for more than 30 years. She  currently  specializes in quick-turn investigations. Her investigations in 2017 and 2018 resulted in seven felony convictions, including the imprisonment of a Tennessee judge and a Tennessee sheriff.  When Nancy is not at work she is usually  on the dance floor. 

  • Erica Byfield is an Emmy award winning general assignment reporter for WNBC-TV in New York City. She joined News 4 New York in September 2016. Prior to that she spent nearly 6 years working for WSB-TV in Atlanta as an investigative and general assignment reporter. She also worked for KMOV in St. Louis, MO and for KFVS in Cape Girardeau, MO. Awards for her work include several regional Emmy awards, two regional Edward R Murrow awards and she was an IRE medal finalist. @ericabyfield4ny

  • Cindy Galli is Chief of Investigative Projects for ABC News in New York. Galli oversees a team of network correspondents and producers specializing in investigations ranging from government fraud and waste to consumer issues. She also heads up collaborative investigative projects between ABC News and network affiliates around the country. A member of IRE since 1994, her work has garnered regional and national awards over 25 years of reporting. On Twitter: @mustangalli 

  • Darcy Spears is a veteran broadcaster whose entire career has been as investigative reporter.  She's a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and holds a masters degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.  So far in her 24-year career, she's earned 17 Emmy awards, 9 regional and two national Edward R. Murrow awards and numerous other honors.  She prides herself on exposing corruption and being a voice for the voiceless.

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