IRW celebrates 10

Kimbriell Kelly of The Washington Post talks about the value of working with graduate researchers, several of whom contributed to one of the Post's 2019 Pulitzer finalists, Murder with Impunity. (Willard West/IRW)

By Lynne Perri

The Investigative Reporting Workshop celebrated 10 years of publishing with a reception and short program on April 18, 2019. Former Washington Post Executive Editor Len Downie and author and former Vanity Fair and Time contributor James Steele, both on IRW’s Advisory Board, and Kimbriell Kelly of The Washington Post joined Workshop editors and students to talk about the vital role of investigative journalism. Kelly worked with several graduate students on the “Murder with Impunity” series, a finalist for the Pulitzer this year.

Other guests included Patrick Madden, formerly an investigative reporter at WAMU-FM who is now Regional News Director for New Orleans Public Radio @wwno and its partner station in Baton Rouge @wrfk.

The Park Foundation’s Board President Adelaide Gomer and Program Officer Michael J. Conner also attended. Park has been a major funder to IRW since 2009.