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Ariella Cohen

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Ariella Cohen is a co-founder of The Lens, the Gulf Coast’s first nonprofit investigative news outlet. The site specializes in unique, in-depth coverage of New Orleans, with an eye toward government accountability and transparency. Cohen founded The Lens after two years reporting on the city's rebuilding for New Orleans City Business, and the national urban affairs magazine, Next American City. Through her reporting, she observed a need for investigative coverage of the city’s ongoing recovery and met the local journalists who would eventually become The Lens. In 2010, her reporting on the use and abuse of Hurricane Katrina recovery funds won The Press Club of New Orleans’ highest honors for investigative reporting and best overall feature writing. Her reporting on public policy, housing and community development has appeared in a range of online and print publications, including Newsweek, Newsweek.Com, Harpers Index, The Architects Newspaper, and Planning, the national magazine of the American Planning Association. Cohen graduated from Oberlin College in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing.


Articles, Investigations and Blogs

The weeds were growing high in the Upper 9th Ward even before the hurricane hit.