Irene Benedicto is an investigative and data reporter with 10+ years of experience doing everything from breaking news to long-form investigative stories, local and international, from nine different countries on three continents
Most recently, at BuzzFeed News’ Investigations Desk, she published the first media report to prove that Russia was deporting children from Ukrainian orphanages and giving them up for adoption to Russian families which is, by definition, a genocide.
She currently works on two investigative projects for the Investigative Reporting Program: researching maternal healthcare in New Mexico and police violence in California.
She speaks 5 languages – and is learning how to code.
University of California, Berkeley: Master of Journalism.
Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona: BA in Journalism. Graduated with honors.
Freelance writer, contributing to the New York Times' California Today newsletter.
Buzzfeed News, Europe Investigations Desk. Based in London, UK.
Data Reporter. Investigative Reporting Program, KQED and Mercury News
Investigative Climate Reporter, wildfire beat. Oakland North/ Bay City News
Investigative Journalism Grant Winner for the European Center of Journalism
Special Envoy to Radio Nacional de España and Publico.es. Covered the Yellow Vest crisis from Paris, Brexit from London, and the European Union Elections from Brussels
EFE News Service, U.S. Correspondent
Agencia EFE, TV Reporter
AWARDS & HONORS
Columbia Journalism School Fellowship for the Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference, 2016.
Outstanding Young Journalist, by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), 2016.
PUBLICATIONS & OTHER WORK
Bay City News, Jan 15, 2022. Investigation on the lack of fire prevention accountability in the City of Berkeley.
Euronews, March 10, 2021. Data-driven investigation about how Covid-19’s disproportionate effects on lower income communities. Grant awarded by the European Center of Journalism. https://es.euronews.com/2021/02/24/el-primer-ano-de-pandemia-en-datos-la-covid-19-no-mato-a-los-europeos-por-igual
Publico. March 29, 2019. I was special envoy in London for the Spanish newspaper Publico.es (as well as Radio Nacional de España) for the special coverage of what was originally scheduled as Brexit Day. This is a story about Brexit for those born in the 2000’s
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
IRE member, NAHJ member.