Steve Beatty

Steve Beatty 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. He can be reached at (504) 655-2375.

Recent posts

WWNO-FM, The Lens shift collaborative strategy to play to strengths

The University of New Orleans, which operates WWNO-FM, today announced revised plans to support a collaborative, nonprofit multimedia news operation, expanding the reporting role of The Lens and increasing the NPR affiliate’s focus on news and cultural information. The new plan shifts the effort from creating and its newsroom to building on the established expertise, brand and platform of The Lens, at

Are traffic stops for expired plates the best use of NOPD after storm?

Humvees, sedans and SUV's jockey for position at Carrollton and Canal Saturday, working through an intersection where the only presence of traffic signals is a shadow. Photo by Steve Beatty

After driving up South Carrollton Avenue through the major intersections of Claiborne Avenue, Earhart Boulevard and Canal Street, I watched drivers struggle at each four-way stop without traffic signals. Certainly, the New Orleans Police Department had better things to do in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac than direct traffic.

Mayor cuts back budget forums, so neighbors plan their own

District c map

East bank residents of New Orleans City Council District C are holding their own town-hall meeting tonight regarding the city’s proposed 2013 budget after Mayor Mitch Landrieu departed from previous years’ practice and decided not to hold such a meeting in their area. In each of the past two years, Landrieu has held seven community forums to ask for residents’ suggestions on the budget: one in each of the five council districts, with an extra one each in District C, which spans the Mississippi River, and District E, which includes the Lower 9th Ward and eastern New Orleans.