Eli Ackerman

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Busting Jon Johnson shows early promise of a new kind of news

The lack of progress repairing the Semmes Building on Jourdan Road was an early clue - first detected by The Lens - that FEMA money was being misused by a non-profit controlled by now indicted ex-City Councilman Jon Johnson. photo: Ariella Cohen

Councilman Jon Johnson’s indictment and abrupt resignation last week caught political observers off guard, but the gist of his wrongdoing was disclosed by my former colleagues at The Lens more than  a year ago. The Times-Picayune, which recently announced savage newsroom cuts as part of a transition away from daily print publication, only managed to cover the press conference.