About Us

 

UptownMessenger.com is a local, independent online source of news, commerce and knowledge for Uptown New Orleans that had its formal launch in September 2010.

Every day at UptownMessenger.com, you’ll find neighborhood-level coverage of government and politics, crime, business and community events. We will tell the stories of Uptown New Orleans and its people through traditional articles and photos, as well as extensive use of the video and live-blogging made possible by the Internet.

The primary coverage area of UptownMessenger.com runs roughly from the Lower Garden District all the way up through the Carrollton area, but we’ll cover news of interest to our readers wherever it takes place.

We are financially supported by our local advertisers and by generous contributions from our readers. Although we are not a “newspaper,” we strictly adhere to the Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics.

You can reach us by email at uptown@nolamessenger.com. For comments, questions or suggestions about our website itself, feel free to post in the Website Feedback section of our Open Forums.

Since May of 2011, we created a newsgathering partnership with WWL-TV, and in 2013, some of our articles began appearing in the print and online editions of Gambit. Also in 2013, we expanded to create our first sister site, MidCityMessenger.com.

Robert Morris

News director Robert Morris began his journalism career in 2003 as a reporter for a weekly newspaper in his hometown of Hattiesburg, Miss. He quickly moved to progressively larger newspapers: the Palatka (Fla.) Daily News; The Courier, a New York Times regional paper in Houma, La.; and most recently The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C., as first a reporter covering crime, politics and special investigations and finally as editorial page editor.

Robert’s reporting has taken him from the inside of a modern-day slave labor camp in northern Florida to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration of President Obama. He covered the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast before taking a job at The Courier in Houma. While there, Robert’s coverage of the cultural effects of wetlands loss around Houma and the investigation and arrest of serial killer Ronald Dominique swept the Louisiana Press Association awards.

Robert has two children, twin boys, who attend Lusher Charter School. He is also a member of the New Orleans Film Society.

Tyree C. Worthy

Tyree C. Worthy

Marketing/Sales Director Tyree C. Worthy joined the Uptown/Mid-City Messenger team in 2012, handling advertising inquiries, sales and social-media management for both publications. A New Orleans native, Tyree is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans and a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

With his commitment to public service, Tyree’s mission is to use our news sites to encourage local commerce and promote business development, strengthening the city of New Orleans each neighborhood at a time.

[Full disclosure: While launching UptownMessenger.com, Robert initially worked as a writing contractor for Tulane University and its School of Science and Engineering newsletter. As Uptown Messenger has grown, that arrangement has ended, and we do not consider it a conflict of interest that precludes any coverage of Tulane.]

  • Ms. 39429

    Excellent! This is a very cool, informative and innovative news source…nolamessenger is must bookmark!

  • Robert Desmarais

    You have been around since the end of 2010! I don’t understand how I didn’t learn about you until the end of 2011. Congratulations on your work!

  • Alexis Stevens

    Very cool paper with so much heart and promise. I don’t live in NOLA anymore, but I’m sure glad to see this. I think I’ll make it my primary “keep up with New Orleans” site. Good no-nonsense writing. I love the open rapport I read. Nice job, if you don’t mind me saying so.

  • Christy Wood

    I’d love to purchase a copy (either digital or print) of the bywater bachelor float photo….that’s me in the viking hat. Thanks so much!

  • Donald Waits

    I have just recently discovered Uptown Messenger and find it is more informative than any other “news” organization. I especially respect the care given to the facts and details of various crime reports. Thanks for doing New Orleans a much-needed service.

  • http://www.facebook.com/1stLadyLenora Lenora Hess White

    Hey there!! I just moved into the “Lower G” and found this newsletter. I love being able to keep up with what’s happening in my neighborhood “Like”!!

  • CR Gruver

    With the recent change in the Times’ circulation schedule, and the rising crime in our uptown neighborhoods, this website is becoming increasingly important. Thanks so much for all the hard work y’all do, and making this info available!

  • paulette perrien

    mr. morris — I am trying to download from your site -feature on- permit to demolish valence and st. charles apt. bldg denied — can you help please — thank you for your excellent site — paulette perrien

  • PazGrande

    i personally have meet Robert and respect his every word. Having lived in New Orleans most of my life can respect his word and will often sought out the truth in most circumstances in Tulane Culture.

  • PazGrande

    I love Robert Morris, great reporter!

  • St. Charles Ave. Baptist Churc

    Please add information about churches in the area. It needs to be a regular column.

  • Keith Alan Morris

    Ever sort out an easy way to contact you guys when there is Uptown news that we know about?