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.
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Sincerely, Leaders of Color: It takes hard work from all sides to build coalition across identities and communities
Building coalitions is tough, awkward work that leads to happier employees and better journalism products for our communities.Posted on
Building coalitions is tough, awkward work that leads to happier employees and better journalism products for our communities.