Inside the News Room

Veteran editor and reporter joins The Lens for watchdog coverage

The Lens announces the addition of Steve Myers to its staff as deputy managing editor and senior staff writer.

Myers will help guide The Lens’ development and digital strategy, ensuring that The Lens uses the latest tools and technology to conduct its public-interest journalism. Myers has experience in database analysis, environmental reporting and traditional follow-the-money watchdog work.


“Steve’s reporting and technological expertise will add depth and breadth to the award-winning work The Lens has produced in the past two years,” Managing Editor Steve Beatty said. “He’s well attuned to the nuances and trends in journalism.”

Myers has been at the Poynter Institute for the past five years, the last three as managing editor of Poynter Online. The organization is one of the country’s leading journalism training organizations. In addition to helping guide editorial strategy at Poynter, Myers has reported on media news and innovation and has been one of the voices for the site on Facebook and Twitter. He’s written about citizen journalism, emerging business models such as nonprofit news sites, real-time reporting via social media, data-oriented news apps, and fact-checking.

“For the last five years at Poynter, I’ve observed the upheaval in how journalism is practiced and funded,” Myers said. “Now I’m ready to get my hands dirty, helping The Lens produce high-impact investigative journalism that addresses the needs of the New Orleans community.”

Before arriving at Poynter, Myers spent 10 years at newspapers, including five years at the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala., where his local government accountability reporting resulted in three statewide awards in four years.

As a Katrina Media Fellow with the Open Society Institute in 2006 and 2007, he used GIS tools to reveal how poor FEMA flood maps exacerbated damage from hurricane storm surges.

He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. He’s married to Rebecca Catalanello, a New Orleans native; they have one daughter, Aida Orleans.

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About Steve Beatty

Steve Beatty is the publisher and chief executive officer 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.

  • Welcome back to a real reporter and editor. Great to have you back on the Gulf Coast. Been sailing?

  • alli

    Welcome, Steve! and Go Irish!

  • Thanks, James and Alli; I’m really looking forward to it. As a matter of fact, I love sailing, though I don’t get enough time to do it. I learned in St. Pete and want to keep it up.

  • Jimbo: I should mention that I tried to learn in Mobile and, well, let’s just say I put my teacher through a lot.

  • Great news, and apologize for being so late in reaching out to you to offer congrats. Great to have you back in the “mainstream.” We both moved into new positions at about the same time. I’m not public service and investigations editor at The News Journal in Delaware. Back in newspapers, editing and having a blast working with a great group. Good luck and have fun!

  • Where’s a good editor when I need one? “I’m NOW public service and investigations….”

  • bro keith X

    Once again, the ‘new’ New Orleans is showing their true faces. LOL