Steve Beatty, 46, is a member of the LION Publishers board of directors and the former editor of The Lens, New Orleans' first nonprofit investigative newsroom, which first published in January of 2010. Beatty has more than 20 years of experience as an editor at major daily newspapers, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. At The Lens, Beatty ran a staff of 10 others who write a mix of short daily stories and longer, in-depth looks in topics such as education, the environment, politics, and the spending of Hurricane Katrina recovery money. Beatty holds tightly to his only sheepskin, a bachelor’s degree in journalism granted by Kent State University in Ohio in 1988. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, three kids, two full-time dogs and a rotated-in foster dog.