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Steve Beatty departs The Lens; board seeks leader for investigative newsroom

Steve Beatty, publisher and CEO of The Lens, has left the nonprofit, investigative newsroom in New Orleans to pursue other interests. Beatty joined The Lens as editor in January 2010 and later became publisher and CEO.

“Steve Beatty is a seasoned journalist, and a national leader in the world of nonprofit online news,” said Nicholas Peddle, board chairman of The Lens. “The Lens was fortunate to have him, and we wish him the best.”

A search for a replacement is underway. The board of directors, led by Peddle, will oversee the transition.

Editor Steve Myers will continue to handle The Lens’ editorial operations.

“The strong editorial and reporting staff of The Lens will continue to serve the community,” Peddle said.

The Lens, now in its eighth year, has regularly attracted attention for its public-interest watchdog reporting.* In 2014, it won a host of national awards for “Losing Ground,” a collaboration with ProPublica. Locally, Lens staffers recently received awards for their coverage of charter schools and local government.

For more information, contact Nicholas Peddle at (504) 345-8356 or

Correction: This post originally stated that The Lens is in its seventh year. We deeply appreciate the irony of this error. (Aug. 15, 2017)

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About Steve Myers

Steve Myers was editor of The Lens. Before joining the staff in 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. Six of his 10 years in newspapers were spent as a local government reporter in Mobile, Ala., where he focused on local government accountability, from jail management to hurricane preparation and response. He can be reached at (504) 298-9750.