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

Disclosure about The Lens and Loyola University

The story about Loyola University President Kevin Wildes’ controversial tenure as chairman of the Civil Service Commission would normally carry a simple disclosure that The Lens is located on the campus of Loyola University. However, that’s changing, and I believe we owe our readers a more complete explanation.

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.