Steve Beatty, Editor
Beatty, a veteran investigative journalist, is editor of The Lens. He worked as an editor for The Times-Picayune for 15 years, leaving New Orleans just before Katrina to take a position as an editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and quickly rising through the ranks to be an editor of the newspaper’s watchdog investigative team. He returned to New Orleans in May of 2009. Before joining The Lens, Beatty worked as an investigative reporter for The Pelican Institute, a public policy think tank.
Abe Handler, News Technologist
Abe Handler is The Lens’ news technologist, specializing in data analysis and Web applications. He’s an experienced software developer comfortable with many different languages, technologies and platforms. Before coming to The Lens, he worked on large-scale software projects for the Louisiana Office of Public Health and smaller Web development projects for the worker-owned technology cooperative, C4 Tech and Design.
His technical writing and technical journalism has appeared in books from O’Reilly Media and Fast Company’s website. Raised in Denver, Colo., Handler has lived in New Orleans since 2010. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Columbia University and is wrapping up a masters in computer science at the University of New Orleans.
Phone: (917) 710-3155
Karen Gadbois, Co-founder and Staff Writer
Gadbois co-founded The Lens. For her work with television reporter Lee Zurik exposing widespread misuse of city recovery funds — which led to guilty pleas in federal court — Gadbois won some of the highest honors in journalism, including a Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and a gold medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors.
In 2012 she was awarded the Ethics in Journalism award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on the NOPD’s policy of publicizing the criminal records of homicide victims. She now covers New Orleans government issues and covers land use issues for the Squandered Heritage portion of The Lens.
Jed Horne, News Editor
News Editor Jed Horne is a veteran journalist who was awarded a Pulitzer Prize as part of the Times-Picayune team that covered Katrina and the recovery. He is the author of “Desire Street” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005) and “Breach of Faith” (Random House, 2006, 2008), which was declared “the best of the Katrina books” on NPR. He has been interviewed by TV and radio pundits including Rachel Maddow, Bill O’Reilly, Terry Gross, Amy Goodman, Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley.
Marta Jewson, Staff writer
Marta Jewson covers education in New Orleans for The Lens. Jewson began her reporting career covering charter schools for The Lens and helped found the hyperlocal news site Mid-City Messenger. Jewson returned to New Orleans in the fall of 2014 after covering education for the St. Cloud Times in Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with majors in journalism and social welfare and a concentration in educational policy studies.
Charles Maldonado, Staff Writer
Maldonado is The Lens’ government accountability reporter, covering the city of New Orleans and other local government bodies. He previously worked for Gambit, New Orleans’ alternative newsweekly, where he covered city hall, criminal justice and public health. Before moving to New Orleans, he covered state and local government for weekly papers in Nashville. In Knoxville, Tenn., Maldonado received numerous awards for his reporting of a billion-gallon coal ash spill at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant. A native of Detroit, Maldonado and his wife are expecting their first child.
Bob Marshall, Staff Writer
Marshall covers environmental issues for The Lens, with a special focus on coastal restoration and wetlands. While at The Times-Picayune, his work chronicling the people, stories and issues of Louisiana’s wetlands was recognized with two Pulitzer Prizes, the John H. Oakes Prize for Distinguished Environmental Reporting from Columbia University, the Keck Award for best science reporting from The National Academies of Sciences, and top honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Press, United Press International and Scripps-Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards.
In 2012 Marshall was a member of the inaugural class inducted into the Loyola University School of Communications Den of Distinction. Since 2008 he has been the journalism instructor at the iei Media summer program at the University of Urbino, Italy.
Marshall lives in New Orleans with his wife, Marie Gould, founder of Louisiana Lost Lands Environmental Education Tours.
Anne Mueller, Development Director
Development Director Anne Mueller, a native New Orleanian, learned about the richness of her city through attending elementary school in the French Quarter and in recent years at the Crescent City Farmers Market selling her dad’s German bread. She received a degree in history from Bennington College and a master’s in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. With more than 15 years of fundraising experience, her professional experience covers a broad range of areas including annual giving, board development, event planning and research. Through her professional and volunteer projects, Anne is committed to the ongoing revitalization of New Orleans.
Steve Myers, Special Projects Editor
Myers handles special projects for The Lens. Before that, he was managing editor. Before joining the staff in September 2012, Myers was managing editor of Poynter Online, the preeminent source of news and training about the journalism industry. At Poynter, he wrote about emerging media practices such as citizen journalism, nonprofit news sites, real-time reporting via social media, data-oriented news apps, iPhoneography, and the fact-checking movement. He spent about 10 years at newspapers, including five years as a local government reporter in Mobile, Ala. While there, he focused on local government accountability, from jail management to hurricane preparation and response. He was a 2006 Ohio State University Kiplinger Fellow and an Open Society Institute Katrina Media Fellow.
Tom Thoren, Open data reporter
Thoren gathers and presents public records about all aspects of life in New Orleans. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering and a master’s degree in news-editorial journalism. While a student, he specialized in investigative and multimedia journalism, working The Daily Illini, Buzz Magazine and CU-CitizenAccess.org. Since moving to New Orleans in 2013, he has worked for Gambit and The Lens.
Tyler Bridges, Staff Writer
Maggie Calmes, Engagement Editor
May 2011 to May 2012
Rebecca Catalanello, Charter Schools Editor
December 2012 to June 2013
Ariella Cohen, co-founder and staff writer
July 2009 to February 2012
Matt Davis, Staff Writer
Matt Davis covered criminal justice from September 2010 to March 2012.
Tom Gogola, Staff Writer
Tom Gogola covered criminal justice for The Lens from February 2012 to May 2013.
Brentin Mock, Staff Writer
November 2009 to May 2010
Mark Moseley, Engagement Specialist/Opinion Writer/Charter Schools Reporting Corps Coordinator
Mark Moseley wrote opinion columns, edited and coordinated the Charter Schools Reporting Corps and blogged the “What We’re Reading” link roundup at various points from 2010 to June 2014.
View columns and “What We’re Reading” posts
Dennis Persica, Charter schools editor
Janaya Williams, Audio producer in residence
September 2013 to June 2014