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 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Insider Louisville 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 Louisville 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 Louisville has a team of seven 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 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 Louisville’s nonprofit digital platform. If you, our valued reader, love Insider Louisville (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.

Editorial Team

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
News Editor

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].

Darla Carter
Staff Writer

A native of Louisville and a graduate of Western Kentucky University, Darla Carter most recently spent 20 years at The Louisville Courier-Journal, where she primarily covered health and fitness. She has worked for The Jackson Sun and The Lexington Herald-Leader.

Carter has won Louisville SPJ awards for health care reporting and service reporting, a Best of Gannett Award for “Local-Local News” at the CJ, and a Green Eyeshade Award for being part of a team that produced a race-relations series for The Herald-Leader. She has been recognized by the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for her health reporting.

Email Darla at [email protected].

Olivia Krauth
Staff Writer

Before joining Insider Louisville, Krauth was a multiplatform reporter at TechRepublic, where she wrote news stories and features about the intersection of technology and business.

Krauth is a graduate of the University of Louisville, where she was an award-winning editor of The Louisville Cardinal and obtained a degree in investigative journalism, with a minor in Russian studies. She completed a prestigious Dow Jones data internship at the Austin American-Statesman last summer.

Email Olivia 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].

Freelance Reporters

Kevin Gibson

Kevin Gibson covers everything from food to music to beer to bourbon. He loves bacon, loathes cucumbers and once interviewed Yoko Ono (pissed her off a little, too). Check out his books, “Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft” and “100 Things to do in Louisville Before You Die.” He has won numerous awards for his work but doesn’t know where most of them are now. In his spare time, he co-hosts a local radio show and plays in a band called the Uncommon Houseflies.

Email Kevin at [email protected].

Lisa Hornung

Lisa Hornung a native of Louisville and has worked in local media for more than 15 years as a writer and editor. Before that she worked as a writer, editor and photographer for community newspapers in Kansas, Ohio and Kentucky. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia, and after a 20-year career in journalism, she obtained a master’s degree in history from Eastern Kentucky University in 2016.

Email Lisa here.

Michael L. Jones

Michael L. Jones, a freelance journalist and author, covers communities for Insider Louisville. His latest book “Louisville Jug Music: From Earl McDonald to the National Jubilee” (History Press) received the 2014 Samuel Thomas Book Award from the Louisville Historical League.

In addition to his contributions to Insider, his writing appears regularly in LEO Weekly, Louisville Magazine, Food & Dining – Louisville Edition, and Who’s Who Louisville: African American Profiles. He also sits on the board of directors of the National Jug Band Jubilee. Jones and his wife, Melissa Amos-Jones, a physical therapist, live in the Kenwood Hills neighborhood near Iroquois Park.

Email Michael here.

Eli Keel

Eli Keel is “pretty much” a Louisville native. You may have seen him around town reading poetry, short stories, dancing or acting. He’s a passionate locavore, so you may have also seen him stuffing his face at one of Louisville’s amazing restaurants. When he isn’t too busy writing short stories, he blogs at amanwalksintoablog.wordpress.com.

Email Eli here.

Mark Long

Louisville native Mark Long is glad to be home after 18+ years away in New York and London. He’s putting his writing and editing experience at The Wall Street Journal to work as a freelancer, digging into stories on infrastructure, transportation, urban design and ecology. Before journalism, the Bellarmine grad made a mean Caesar at Vincenzo’s, helped manage a Grand Canyon “trading post” and drove Hawley-Cooke Booksellers’ pony van. He’d rather be sailing.

Email Mark here.

Jonathan Meador

Jonathan Meador has covered local and state issues for nearly a decade. He has worked for LEO Weekly, The Nashville Scene and WFPL, and his reporting has appeared in Salon, Gambit and others. He has won multiple awards from the Louisville Society of Professional Journalists, including first-place accolade

s for best news story, women and minority issues, investigative reporting, enterprise reporting and political reporting. He supports both the Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals equally.

Email Jonathan here.