In our opinion: Thank you to Jed Horne

In our opinion: Thank you to Jed Horne

The Lens Staff |
July 4, 2019

Editor’s note: Longtime Lens Opinion Editor Jed Horne is retiring this month and handing off his duties to Jessica Rosgaard, host and producer of Behind The Lens. Before he leaves, Lens staffers decided to offer our own opinions on Jed.

Karen Gadbois, Co-founder and Director: On a hot summer day in 2008, Lens co- founder Ariella Cohen and I made a trek to Poplarville, Mississippi, to meet with Jed Horne.

We didn’t have a budget, we didn’t have an office, we didn’t even have a staffing plan, but we had a really good idea: an investigative news site.

For years my old Providence buddy Dan Gosch had encouraged me to look up his childhood friend Jed, but I was always hesitant to do so, intimidated by Jed’s credentials and his position as city editor at The Times-Picayune. What would I, a lowly post-Katrina blogger, have to say to Jed, a Pulitzer Prize winner?

But faced with the daunting task of creating a new news entity, it only seemed to make sense that we at least make the trek to his home and pick his brain. We sat and visited with Jed and his powerhouse wife, Jane, and sometime between lunch and clearing the dishes, Ariella asked Jed if he would consider becoming our editor, for what would become The Lens.

He said yes and over the last 10-plus years Jed has served as the Op-Ed editor, mentor, friend and occasional news room denizen, while splitting his time between Mexico and New Orleans.

As a reporter, you could hand Jed what seemed to be a 1000-piece thrift store jigsaw puzzle, unsure if the all of the pieces were even there. What you got back was poetry. Jed never lost his temper in the newsroom, unless aggravated by futile attempts to reach a live person while trying to clear up a cell phone billing error. Or trying to figure out the proper way to edit in Google Docs. He encouraged and cajoled instead, allowing you to produce a story that you could be proud of.

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