Mark Lorando | Editor and Vice President of Content
Mark Lorando has spent 37 years in local journalism, all of it in New Orleans. Since 2012 he has led the digital transformation of the 181-year-old Times-Picayune newsroom, which in recent years has added five Emmys, two Edward R. Murrows and a Peabody Award to the Pulitzer Prizes it earned in 2005 for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and 1996 for an investigation into the world’s fisheries. As editor and vice president of content for NOLA Media Group, Lorando leads a team of more than 100 journalists whose work is showcased in print and online, where NOLA.com’s reach of more than 6 million monthly unique users and 1.4 million social media followers is the largest on the Gulf Coast. Lorando began his journalism career in 1981 as an 18-year-old newsroom clerk after graduating from Brother Martin High School. He worked his way up through the ranks to reporter, columnist, features editor, managing editor and, since 2015, editor in chief. In his current role, he is responsible for the day-to-day newsgathering operation as well as long-term strategic planning for the NOLA Media Group’s expanding array of content brands, including Where NOLA Eats, Dunc & Holder, 300 for 300 and MardiGras.com. He is married with three sons, two grandchildren and an unshakeable belief in the power of local journalism to inform, inspire and define communities.