Before there was The Lens, there was the blog “Squandered Heritage.” And before there was a newsroom staff, there was Karen Gadbois reporting on land use and government accountability. Join The Lens on April 25 as we celebrate our eighth anniversary with a nod to our past and a conversation about how The Lens became what it is today.

Enjoy a glass of wine from 6 to 7 p.m. while you get to know members of The Lens staff and board, as well as other readers and supporters. At 7 p.m., we’ll offer you the history of The Lens through a live interview of Lens Founder Karen Gadbois.

The conversation will highlight how a quest for government accountability led Gadbois to establish The Lens with Ariella Cohen. Topics for discussion include uncovering government misconduct, earning a Peabody Award and inspiring a character on HBO’s “Treme.” And, of course, how her efforts led to the creation of a nonprofit, investigative newsroom we now know as The Lens.


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Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Time: 6 p.m – 8 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for wine and mingling; Interview begins at 7 p.m.
Location: Propeller Incubator
4035 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70125
To RSVP: Visit the Eventbrite page to RSVP.
Questions: Contact Anne Mueller at

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