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The Lens is the only reader-supported, nonprofit newsroom that focuses exclusively on public-policy issues facing New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. With the support of readers like you, we provide thoughtfully researched articles, data and documents. We aim to foster transparent, accountable and engaged government.

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"Thanks to the Knight Foundation for this 'knot-hole' [The Vault] through which we, the unwashed, can peer to see just how our tax dollars are being spent by City Hall. Please keep up the good work." —Eugene B. Kordahl

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Deep-dive investigations
Kevin Wildes
We focus on the stories others aren’t covering, focusing on a few core areas: coastal loss, charter schools, government accountability, land use, and criminal justice. Our reporting has resulted in federal and state inquiries.
National collaborations
Losing Ground
Our work has appeared in national news outlets such as NPR, ProPublica, PolitiFact, The Nation, and Slate.

We’ve received two Edward R. Murrow Awards, plus others from the Online News Association, Investigative Reporters & Editors, the Society for News Design and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Interactive data projects
Missing Home
We create innovative interactive stories, live election maps, and tools to open up access to government records.
Free, public events
Breakfast with the Newsmakers
The Lens regularly holds public events about important issues facing our community. Attend live interviews with prominent people in the news, meet our reporters and tell us what you'd like us to cover.
Local partners
Local partners
Our stories have appeared on WWNO and WWL and in the The New Orleans Advocate.
Your ally for open government
Your ally for open government
The Lens regularly fights to increase access to public records and meetings. With The Vault, we strive to make public records more accessible — online and easily searchable.
Thought-provoking opinions
We regularly publish columns about important issues facing New Orleans.

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