Uptown Messenger was launched in September 2010 by Morris and his wife, photographer Sabree Hill. Last January, Morris launched Mid-City Messenger with reporter Marta Jewson. Both websites cover government and politics, crime, business and community events.
Morris began his journalism career in 2003 as a reporter for a weekly newspaper in his hometown of Hattiesburg, Miss. He has worked for the Palatka (Fla.) Daily News and The Courier in Houma, La. Most recently, he worked for The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. — first as a reporter covering crime, politics and special investigations and finally as editorial page editor.
Jewson, who majored in journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was an intern at Gambit and has reported on education for The Lens. She also is a freelance photographer.
“Everyone at Gambit is a big fan of the professionalism and thoroughness Robert and Marta have achieved with the Messenger websites,” said Gambit editor Kevin Allman, “and we’re looking forward to bringing their original reporting to a print audience.”
“I’ve been an avid reader of Gambit since long before I became a journalist, and I love its constant advocacy for the city of New Orleans,” Morris said. “I’m very excited for the opportunity to share the reporting of Uptown Messenger and Mid-City Messenger with Gambit’s audiences and expand it in print form.”
Both Gambit and Uptown Messenger will continue their ongoing news partnerships with WWL-TV as well.