Mc Nelly Torres

Mc Nelly Torres is an award-winning investigative journalist and editor at the Center for Public Integrity where she leads a team of reporters investigating inequality.

Previously, Torres worked as an investigative producer for NBC6 in Miami. In 2010, Torres co-founded the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting ( Before that her consumer stories at the Sun-Sentinel won state, regional, and national awards. She covered education for the San Antonio Express-News where her work contributed to the conviction of a school building architect accused of bribery. In South Carolina, she garnered local and state awards for her investigative work on the state’s hog farm permitting process. She has also been a contributor to the Center for Investigative Journalism of Puerto Rico and to the Investigative Editors Corp. Torres was the first Latina to be elected to the boards of directors of the Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Florida Society of News Editors. She served on the national board of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and is currently serving on the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting board of directors.

Torres has earned over two 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 the NAHJ, the Education Writers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. She was inducted in NAHJ’s Hall of Fame in 2018 and she’s a lifetime member. In 2022, Torres received the Gwen Ifill Award by the International Women’s Media Foundation. Torres received a degree in journalism with a minor in political science from the University of Southern Colorado and a liberal arts degree from the University of Hawaii. She lives in South Florida with her retired military husband and family. @WatchdogDiva