Magazine article Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. The IRE Journal

Horvit to Lead IRE in Next Phase of Transformation

Magazine article Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. The IRE Journal

Horvit to Lead IRE in Next Phase of Transformation

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Mark Horvit passed his first test. When a couple of IRE Board members and I took him out for dinner, we went to a Kansas City barbecue joint cloistered inside a working gasoline station. Mark didn't bat an eye.

Of course, maybe that was an easy test. After all, Mark is from Texas.

Still, it gave us a sense that Mark Horvit-IRE's new executive director-probably could take anything that might be thrown at him. And given what we've seen in our industry in the past year, we figured that's just what IRE needs.

Mark, 43, comes to IRE from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he has been the projects editor for the past two years. He is an energetic, passionate, outstanding investigative journalist from IRE's grassroots culture who has skills to forge IRE's future in a turbulent media environment.

Like the profession we serve, IRE has had its own year of transformation. But we are emerging from this year as strong as ever with exciting plans for the future, including dozens of conferences and seminars, more electronic resources and programs for ethnic media newsrooms.

We think that Mark Horvit is the right leader at the right time for an ambitious agenda.

The board's decision to hire Mark emerged from a weekend retreat in Kansas City, Mo., in early October. It was part of a discussion about the future of the organization at a time of declining financial support from traditional media organizations. Board members left that retreat more optimistic than ever as we developed ideas to better serve investigative journalism in the world today.

Our choice of executive director reinforced our optimism, but that's not to say the choice was easy. We thank everyone who applied and interviewed for the job. Any one of the finalists could have performed with aplomb and skill. We also are indebted to a skilled search committee, chaired by David Boardman of The Seattle Times, for its work over the past eight months. …

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