Francisco Vara-Orta

Investigative Reporters & Editors

Francisco Vara-Orta brings two decades of newsroom experience to his role as IRE's first director of diversity and inclusion. Vara-Orta joined the IRE staff in February 2019 as a training director, conducting sessions on managing data and investigative reporting for journalists throughout the United States and internationally. He has worked for a variety of online and print publications, including Chalkbeat, Education Week, the San Antonio Express-News, Austin Business Journal, Los Angeles Business Journal and the Los Angeles Times. He earned a master’s degree in investigative/data journalism at the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, his hometown and where is now happily based.

Submit profile updates or corrections

Current page