Karen Gadbois, Co-founder and Director
Gadbois co-founded The Lens. For her work with television reporter Lee Zurik exposing widespread misuse of city recovery funds — which led to guilty pleas in federal court — Gadbois won some of the highest honors in journalism, including a Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and a gold medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors.
In 2012 she was awarded the Ethics in Journalism award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on the NOPD’s policy of publicizing the criminal records of homicide victims. She now covers New Orleans government issues and covers land use issues for the Squandered Heritage portion of The Lens.
Jed Horne, Opinion Editor
News Editor Jed Horne oversees The Lens’ opinion columns. Horne is a veteran journalist who was awarded a Pulitzer Prize as part of the Times-Picayune team that covered Katrina and the recovery. He is the author of “Desire Street” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005) and “Breach of Faith” (Random House, 2006, 2008), which was declared “the best of the Katrina books” on NPR. He has been interviewed by TV and radio pundits including Rachel Maddow, Bill O’Reilly, Terry Gross, Amy Goodman, Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley.
Marta Jewson, Staff Writer
Marta Jewson covers education in New Orleans for The Lens. Jewson began her reporting career covering charter schools for The Lens and helped found the hyperlocal news site Mid-City Messenger. Jewson returned to New Orleans in the fall of 2014 after covering education for the St. Cloud Times in Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with majors in journalism and social welfare and a concentration in educational policy studies.
Charles Maldonado, Editor
Charles Maldonado is The Lens’ editor. From 2013 to 2018, Maldonado worked as a Lens staff writer, covering the city of New Orleans and other local government bodies. He previously worked for Gambit, New Orleans’ alternative newsweekly, where he covered city hall, criminal justice and public health. Before moving to New Orleans, he covered state and local government for weekly papers in Nashville. In Knoxville, Tenn., Maldonado received numerous awards for his reporting of a billion-gallon coal ash spill at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant. A native of Detroit, Maldonado and his wife have two children.
Anne Mueller, Chief Operating Officer
As the Chief Operating Officer Mueller leads The Lens’ fundraising efforts including foundations, major gifts, annual giving, board development, events, sponsorship and prospect research. Additionally, she works to ensure our day-to-day operations are stable along with developing plans for the future.
She has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector in New Orleans, New York City and Oxford, MS. Her professional experience includes the Echoing Green Foundation, the Harlem Restoration Project, the University of Mississippi Foundation, The National World War II Museum and A Studio in the Woods, a program of Tulane University. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from Bennington College (VT) and a master’s in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Through her professional and volunteer projects, she is committed to the ongoing revitalization of New Orleans.
Martin Pedersen, Acting Executive Director
Pedersen is a design and architecture writer and editor. He is executive director of Common Edge Collaborative, a nonprofit organization and online publication dedicated to reconnecting architecture and design with the public that it’s meant to serve. He previously was longtime executive editor of Metropolis Magazine, an award-winning monthly publication on architecture and design. During his tenure, the magazine was nominated twice for a National Magazine award for general excellence and was cited as one of the leading editorial voices in design. In addition to his role as an editor, he wrote extensively for both the magazine and the website. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Nation, Fast Company, Architectural Record, and other outlets. He is co-author of Robert Polidori’s Metropolis (Metropolis Books, 2003).
Phone: (917) 848-8929
Michael Isaac Stein, Staff Writer
Michael Isaac Stein covers New Orleans’ cultural economy and local government for The Lens. Before joining the staff, he freelanced for The Lens as well as The Intercept, CityLab, The New Republic, and Pacific Standard. He was recently awarded a fellowship from the Heinrich Boll Foundation, which he used to report on water scarcity, division, and colonialism in Cyprus.
Tom Wright, Staff Writer
Tom Wright is a staff writer and producer covering the environmental beat for The Lens. He also hosts and produces The Lens’ podcast Behind The Lens. His previous work includes investigative producing with local broadcaster Lee Zurik, legislative affairs reporting for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and global affairs coverage for CNN. Wright is a winner of the DuPont, Peabody and Murrow awards for his investigative production work.
Phone: (504) 330-9899
Steve Beatty, Publisher and CEO
Steve Beatty held several positions overseeing editorial and business matters from 2010 to August 2017, most recently as publisher and CEO.
Tyler Bridges, Staff Writer
Maggie Calmes, Engagement Editor
May 2011 to May 2012
Rebecca Catalanello, Charter Schools Editor
December 2012 to June 2013
Ariella Cohen, co-founder and staff writer
July 2009 to February 2012
Matt Davis, Staff Writer
Matt Davis covered criminal justice from September 2010 to March 2012.
Tom Gogola, Staff Writer
Tom Gogola covered criminal justice for The Lens from February 2012 to May 2013.
Abe Handler, News Technologist
Abe Handler handled data analysis and Web applications from February 2014 to May 2015.
Bob Marshall, Staff Writer
Bob Marshall covered environmental issues for The Lens, with a special focus on coastal restoration and wetlands, from February 2013 through February 2017.
Brentin Mock, Staff Writer
November 2009 to May 2010
Mark Moseley, Engagement Specialist/Opinion Writer/Charter Schools Reporting Corps Coordinator
Mark Moseley wrote opinion columns, edited and coordinated the Charter Schools Reporting Corps and blogged the “What We’re Reading” link roundup at various points from 2010 to June 2014.
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Steve Myers, Editor
Steve Myers worked at The Lens from 2012 to 2018, serving as managing editor, special projects editor and editor. In August 2018, he joined the 2018-2019 class of Nieman fellows at Harvard University.
Kerry Nix, Staff Writer
Kerry Nix was a staff writer for The Lens in 2018. Her work has previously appeared in Pittsburgh’s PublicSource and Wesleying.org, a student-run publication at her alma mater.
Nicholas Peddle, Interim Executive Director
Nicholas Peddle served as Interim Executive Director from March to May 2018. He oversaw business operations, led corporate fundraising efforts and fostered relationships with community partners.
Dennis Persica, Charter schools editor
Tom Thoren, Open data reporter
From February 2014 to June 2016, Thoren created news applications such as The Lens’ live election maps and its property sales tracker. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering and a master’s degree in news-editorial journalism.
Janaya Williams, Audio producer in residence
September 2013 to June 2014