FORA.tv Speaker - Mc Nelly Torres
Mc Nelly Torres is an award-winning investigative journalist based in South Florida and Associate Director and Reporter of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. Most recently, Torres was the Stimulus Team Leader for EdMoney.org, a project of the Education Writers Association. Torres has worked in five dailies across the nation. She also writes consumer investigations for ConsumerAffairs.com and she recently collaborated with journalists from El Centro de Periodismo Investigativo de Puerto Rico to investigate the corporation behind a deadly refinery explosion in Puerto Rico on Oct. 23, 2009. She covered education at the San Antonio Express-News in Texas where she wrote about four politically contentious school districts including the largest inner city school system. Her work in San Antonio contributed to the conviction of a school building architect. At the Morning News in South Carolina, she garnered local and state awards for her investigative work on the stateâ€™s hog farm permit filing process. Her work in South Florida as a consumer writer for the Sun-Sentinel led to the conviction of a businessman with a history of defrauding customers, a state probe of a foreclosure-rescue firm and changes in state laws pertaining to foreclosure-rescue business. In 2008, she became the first Latina elected to the board of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the worldâ€™s leading organization of investigative journalists. Torres has trained hundreds of journalists around the country at workshops sponsored by IRE and other organizations. She holds a bachelorâ€™s degree in journalism from Colorado State University-Pueblo, formerly known as the University of Southern Colorado. A native of Puerto Rico, Torres has lived around the world while following a military husband who retired in 2005.
04.10.11 | 01:40:55 min
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