Jen Larino is co-founder and president of Lede New Orleans, a media education nonprofit. Larino has spent the past decade covering local news in metro New Orleans, most recently as a lead reporter for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune where she covered local business news and assisted in managing the paper’s breaking news and crime team.
Prior to joining The Times-Picayune, Larino was managing editor at New Orleans CityBusiness, a local business weekly. She founded Lede New Orleans in 2019 with local filmmaker and educator Ejaaz Mason to increase representation in local media. She currently oversees operations, instructional and editorial content, fundraising and strategic planning for Lede New Orleans, which trains Black, Brown, Latinx, Asian and LGBTQ+ youth, ages 18-25, to tell the stories of marginalized communities in New Orleans.