David Francis

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

David Francis is the retired Executive Vice President and Publisher of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, working for NOLA Media Group and its predecessor, The Times-Picayune, for more than 24 years. 
David previously served as a Regional Business Planner and Manager of Financial Operations for Pepsi-Cola and Audit Manager for Deloitte & Touche.


Terry Baquet

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Terry Baquet is a 28-year veteran of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and a lifelong New Orleanian. He served as Sunday Editor and was the Page 1 Editor during the paper’s Katrina coverage which won two Pulitzer Prizes in breaking news and public service. 
In 2012, Terry was named Managing editor/Director of Print essentially overseeing all editorial decisions for the newspaper’s print edition and also supervising the layout and production for  four other newspapers in the Advance Publications chain. He also ran The Times-Picayune’s community engagement efforts. 
He has served on the boards of Lede New Orleans and Spaceship Media.

Terry is from an old New Orleans family that is deeply rooted in the city’s jazz and restaurant history. He graduated from Hampton Institute in Virginia, grew up in the 7th Ward and continues to live there today. 


Tim Morris

MANAGING EDITOR

Tim Morris is a 45-year veteran of news organizations in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, New Jersey and Louisiana. He joined The Times-Picayune in New Orleans in 1992 as night metro editor and became the state/political editor in 1995, overseeing the newspaper’s bureaus in Washington, D.C., and Baton Rouge. After serving in various newsroom leadership positions, he became an opinions columnist for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune in 2016. He joined the Houston Chronicle editorial board in 2019.
In his 27-year career at The Times-Picayune, Tim was project editor for an eight-part series that won the newspaper its first Pulitzer Prize in 1997 and a five-day series that was a 1999 Pulitzer finalist for national reporting. He was part of The Times-Picayune staff that won two Pulitzer Prizes in 2006 for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. 


Lottie Joiner

ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR

Lottie Joiner, an award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience covering issues that impact underserved and marginalized communities, is joining Verite’s newsroom leadership team as assistant managing editor.
She is the former editor-in-chief of The Crisis Magazine, the official publication of the NAACP. During her tenure at The Crisis, the quarterly journal won several national awards for its coverage of social justice issues, Black history, African American art and culture. 
Lottie’s work has been published in a number of media outlets including The Washington Post, USA Today, The Daily Beast, Time.comandTheAtlantic.com. She has also written for a number of minority-focused publications including Ebony and Jet magazines, Essence, NBCBLK, The Undefeated, The Grio and TheRoot. 


Charles Maldonado

ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR-INVESTIGATIONS

Charles Maldonado comes to Verite from The Lens, an award-winning nonprofit investigative news website founded in New Orleans in 2009. Charles worked at The Lens for more than nine years, serving as a reporter and editor. 
As a staff writer at The Lens, he reported on New Orleans city government and criminal justice. His 2017 series on the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office’s use of fraudulent witness subpoenas resulted in the end of the practice — which had been in use by area prosecutors for decades — as well as a major federal civil rights suit filed by the ACLU and the Civil Rights Corps.
Charles previously worked as a reporter at Gambit, the New Orleans alternative newsweekly, and newspapers in Tennessee, New York and his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.


Dylan Penny

DIRECTOR OF PEOPLE AND CULTURE

Dylan Penny is a Human Resources professional with 20 years of experience in various industries. Dylan started his career in Human Resources working at Target Corporation, where he held multiple roles throughout the organization. After leaving Target, Dylan spent four years at Pepsi-Cola where he led the HR function for multiple regions. Dylan joined NOLA Media Group in 2012 where he was the Senior Human Resources Manager for seven years. While at NOLA Media Group, Dylan led the overhaul of its HR processes to include performance management, benefits, and training.  After leaving NOLA Media Group, Dylan held the role of Director of Human Resources for KIPP New Orleans, a nonprofit Charter School system.


Katy Reckdahl

SENIOR REPORTER

Katy Reckdahl joins Verite after working as a staff reporter for The Times-Picayune and the alt-weekly Gambit before spending a decade as a freelancer, writing frequently for the New Orleans Advocate | Times-Picayune, The New York Times and the Washington Post. She has received more than two dozen first-place New Orleans Press Club awards, the James Aronson Award for social justice reporting, a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism and three TV-documentary Emmy Awards. In 2020, she was a producer for The Atlantic’s Peabody Award-winning podcast, Floodlines.


Michelle Liu

REPORTER

Experienced reporter Michelle Liu joins the growing staff at Verite as part of its mission to cover issues facing underserved communities in New Orleans.
She worked previously for The Associated Press in South Carolina and was an inaugural corps member with the Report for America initiative. She also covered statewide criminal justice issues for Mississippi Today, Verite’s sister newsroom, from 2018 to 2020. Her work at Mississippi Today has been recognized regionally and nationally, including by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Online Journalism Awards and the John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Awards.
Michelle grew up in Texas and holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale College.


Nigell Moses

NEWSROOM FELLOW

New Orleans native Nigell Moses is a multimedia creative and a lover of the arts. Her creativity began as co-founder and videographer of R.E.B.E.L Local Inc. creating content for local artists and entrepreneurs. Moses graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication.
She is a published contributing writer, with stories in The Louisiana Weekly and Data News Weekly.
As a member of the Verite News fellowship, Nigell hopes to use her native flair and lived experiences to tell the untold narratives of underrepresented communities in New Orleans.


La’Shance Perry

NEWSROOM FELLOW

La’Shance Perry is an experienced multimedia content creator born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is driven by a love of storytelling and a desire to provide the best media content possible. She embraces the Verite with the mission to promote truth, facts and fairness with a focus on the Black community in New Orleans. Perry is a cum laude graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication. She is also a published writer and photographer with work featured in Data News Weekly and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.


Roxie Wilson

AUDIENCE MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

Roxie joins Verite as the Audience Management Specialist. She is a native New Orleanian who holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Dillard University and an MS in Marketing & Communications from Loyola University New Orleans. Roxie has a background in social media management and strategy and is a content creator. She is also a lover and supporter of the arts, serving on the board of the Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival.


Karli Winfrey

NEWSROOM FELLOW

Originally from Detroit, Karli Winfrey moved to New Orleans to attend Loyola University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations.
With a background in the New Orleans hospitality industry, Winfrey has first-hand experience with grassroots communities and is a contributing writer for The Advocate.
Winfrey joined Verite News as a journalism fellow seeking to amplify the voices of those who often go unheard.