NEW ORLEANS — Veteran business reporter Jaquetta White, who spearheaded much of the Times-Picayune’s daily reporting on the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, will be joining The Advocate’s New Orleans staff next month.
White, a native of New Orleans, joined the business section of The Times-Picayune in 2003 and covered a variety of beats, including the maritime, tourism and energy industries.
She also covered the decision by the newspaper’s New York owners to cease daily publication and lay off half the newsroom staff, and the ensuing controversy in which leading civic figures such as Archbishop Gregory Aymond urged the Newhouse family to sell to local owners.
White was not among those laid off, but she elected to decline the newspaper’s job offer and take a position with The Tennessean in Nashville, where she writes about the music and entertainment industries.
In 2010, she was a key player in The Times-Picayune’s coverage of the devastating oil leak, which won the 2011 Nieman Foundation Award and the Edward J. Meeman Award for Environmental Reporting.
She was also a member of the reporting staff that won two Pulitzer Prizes for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
White is the latest addition to a New Orleans editorial staff that now includes 10 full-time journalists covering news in the metropolitan area.
“It was a privilege to work with Jaquetta for nine years at The Times-Picayune, and we’re honored to have her back where she belongs, practicing journalism in her home town,” said Peter Kovacs, the newspaper’s editor.