Our Mission & Editorial Team

At Insider Louisville, we dig deeper, ask more questions, and seek experts to add analysis and context to the issues that our readers – Louisville’s stakeholders – care about the most. Our mission is to inform these readers with impactful, public-service journalism so that they can help shape outcomes. Our goal is to raise the level of civic engagement in our communities and to be an indispensable source of information about local business, government, education, health, and culture.

Here’s what sets us apart from competitors in a diminished Louisville media landscape:

We are a pending 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Insider does not have a paywall – indeed, just the opposite – we provide daily newsletters, social media posts, educational events, and our award-winning website at no cost to readers. What’s more, we promise not to annoy Insiders with click-bait headlines or pop-up advertisements like some of our competitors do.

We focus on analytical local news coverage and enterprise reporting. Insider focuses on mission-driven cornerstone topics like business, education, government, health, culture and the local economy. We put local news front and center in a digital-first format and do the kind of old-school, shoe-leather reporting that is fast disappearing in a world driven by news gleaned from social media. Our reporters work the phones and hit the streets to uncover the issues that are begging for transparency. We ask the hard questions and hold officials accountable.

We are small but mighty. Insider has a team of five dedicated reporters and editors plus a robust group of quality contributors. We are proud to say that we have won a variety of local journalism awards and that our work has been cited by national media.

We rely on support from you, our readers. In addition to local foundations and corporate sponsors, we rely on individual donors to support our impactful mission. We take pride in our work and are grateful to have such a dialed-in group of readers. We love this town and want to see it thrive the way they do. We plan to broaden our coverage, add staff and extend our platform.

It takes a community pitching in to energize and support Insider’s nonprofit digital platform. If you, our valued reader, love Insider (we know you do) and value our expertise and enterprise reporting, consider becoming a member. In return, you will become better informed and engaged on issues that affect us all, and together, we can help Louisville thrive.


Mickey Meece
Managing Editor

Mickey Meece is a native of Louisville, a Kentucky Colonel and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She worked at The New York Times for 13 years in various capacities on the business and features desk, including assistant to the editor, small business editor, weekend editor and staff editor. Mickey served as executive editor of USAA Magazine, the Money magazine for military families, and was an editor for the American Banker newspaper, where she reported on the credit card industry. 

Email Mickey at [email protected].

Sara Havens
Culture Editor

Sara Havens is a former editor of LEO Weekly, where she worked for 15 years, spending much of that time reporting on this city’s arts and entertainment offerings. A graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, she’s known around town as The Bar Belle and is the author of two “Bar Belle” books. She’s won numerous awards for column writing and film reviewing, and some of her proudest accomplishments include becoming a Kentucky Colonel, getting the key to the city and sneaking into Lakeside (once).

You can reach Sara via email at [email protected]om.


Caitlin Bowling
Staff Writer

Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism.

Email Caitlin at [email protected].

Boris Ladwig
Staff Writer

Boris Ladwig is a reporter with more than 20 years of experience and has won awards from multiple journalism organizations in Indiana and Kentucky for feature series, news, First Amendment/community affairs, nondeadline news, criminal justice, business and investigative reporting. As part of The (Columbus, Indiana) Republic’s staff, he also won the Kent Cooper award, the top honor given by the Associated Press Managing Editors for the best overall news writing in the state.

A graduate of Indiana State University, he is a soccer aficionado (Borussia Dortmund and 1. FC Köln), singer and travel enthusiast who has visited countries on five continents. He speaks fluent German, rudimentary French and bits of Spanish, Italian, Khmer and Mandarin.

Email him at [email protected].

Joe Sonka
Staff Writer

Joe Sonka is a staff writer at Insider Louisville focusing on government, politics, education and public safety. He is a former news editor and staff writer at LEO Weekly and has also freelanced for The Nation and ThinkProgress. He has won first place awards from the Louisville Metro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the categories of Health Reporting, Enterprise Reporting, Government/Politics, Minority/Women’s Affairs Reporting, Continuing Coverage and Best Blog.

Email him at [email protected].