Mc Nelly Torres is an Emmy award-winning journalist, former investigative producer for NBC 6 in Miami and co-founder of Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, the first bilingual digital investigative nonprofit in the Sunshine State. Torres was the Stimulus Team Leader for EdMoney.org, a project of the Education Writers Association and she produced consumer investigations for ConsumerAffairs.com and 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.
Torres has worked in five dailies across the nation. 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 state’s hog farm permit filing process.
When she was a crime reporter for The Lawton Constitution, Torres completed a series of articles showing the sheriff department’s inability to solve homicides and the unmistakable similarities among several homicides in Comanche County, Okla. The Federal Bureau of Investigation began a probe into the deaths.
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 was elected to the board of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the world’s leading organization of investigative journalists. She served on that board from 2008 until 2014. Torres also served on the Florida Society of News Editors board for almost three years.
Torres has trained hundreds of journalists in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean in data journalism and investigative tools.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Colorado State University-Pueblo, formerly known as the University of Southern Colorado. She’s currently completing a master’s degree in criminology at Florida Atlantic University. A native of Puerto Rico, Torres has lived around the world while following a military husband who retired in 2005.