Michael Isaac Stein

Veteran New Orleans journalist Michael Isaac Stein is joining Verite as the nonprofit digital newsroom continues its efforts to bring more coverage and scrutiny to local and government issues that impact the daily lives of all residents across the spectrum.

Stein joins a growing team of reporters, editors, multimedia journalists and contributors with a mission to elevate voices from communities that have been historically dismissed or ignored. Verite seeks to create thoughtful, solution-based coverage on crucial topics – such as education, housing, health care, criminal justice, the environment and politics – while uplifting a region that has been left behind compared to similar national metropolitan areas.

Before coming to Verite, Stein spent five years as an investigative reporter at The Lens, a nonprofit New Orleans news publication, covering local government, housing and labor issues.

During his time at the Lens, Stein consistently produced award-winning work — exposing power company Entergy’s use of paid actors to gain approval for a new gas plant, covering the mayor’s attempt to severely cut funding for public libraries and tracking the rapid expansion of the city’s government surveillance apparatus.

Before working at The Lens, Stein was a reporter for WWNO New Orleans Public Radio and freelanced for various national publications including The Intercept, The New Republic and Bloomberg’s CityLab.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. 

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