Mc Nelly Torres, an award-winning investigative journalist with more than two decades of experience, has joined the Center for Public Integrity as an editor.
Torres will play a critical leadership role as Public Integrity realigns its journalism around covering inequality and serving and engaging diverse communities across the country.
“Mc Nelly has produced an amazing body of work as an investigative reporter in her career,” said Matt DeRienzo, Public Integrity’s Editor-in-Chief. “She has also trained thousands in the work, and through her leadership with IRE and NAHJ, helped steer the industry overall to do better. We can’t think of a better match to help lead our storied newsroom as it tackles America’s inequality crisis.”
Torres is a board member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and a former board member of the Investigative Reporters and Editors. In 2019, she was inducted into NAHJ’s Hall of Fame. She is also the co-founder and former associate director of the award-winning Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, which has collaborated with newsrooms including Public Integrity, NPR and other non-profit media outfits .
“As a Latina journalist, it is an honor to be named editor at such a critical time for journalism,” Torres said. “CPI has a talented staff committed to producing accountability journalism that is diverse and far-reaching.”
Torres is currently working as a freelance journalist, reporting and editing and training reporters and editors on data journalism and investigative reporting. Previously, she reported for NBC 6, a television station in Miami, Fla., the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the San Antonio Express-News. She has earned more than a dozen awards throughout her career, including an Emmy for her work at NBC, an Edward R. Murrow Award and several awards from organizations such as NAHJ, the Education Writers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.
The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by former 60 Minutes producer Charles Lewis with the mission of exposing abuses of power by government and corporate interests. Among its many noteworthy stories were those that exposed how major political contributors were rewarded with overnight stays at the White House; how doctors and lawyers worked with the coal industry to defeat benefits claims of miners dying from black lung; and how the wealthy have exploited offshore tax havens in the Panama Papers.
Torres joins Public Integrity on Jan. 4.
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