About Us

The Current is a nonprofit news organization serving Lafayette and southern Louisiana. 

Founded in 2018 by local journalists, The Current explores our politics and culture, explains why they matter and cultivates civic engagement. 

Our reporting is produced as a community service and is available to readers at no charge. Financial support from our readers, grants, major gifts and advertising make that possible. View a list of our major funders.

We publish journalism from contributors who reflect our community’s diversity of people and ideas. We strive for accuracy, fairness, transparency and inclusiveness in our work. Read our policies.

Staff

Christiaan Mader

Christiaan Mader
Founder/Editor

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Christiaan is the founder and executive editor of The Current. An award-winning investigative and culture journalist, Christiaan’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Vice, Offbeat, Gambit, the USA Today Network and The Advocate. He is a Lafayette native, a recovering musician and serves on the programming committee for Leadership Lafayette. He is also a member of The Current’s board of directors.

Leslie Turk

Leslie Turk
Managing Editor

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A founding editor of both The Independent and ABiz and senior editor at The Times of Acadiana in the 1990s, Leslie has worked in the newspaper business in Lafayette for almost three decades, earning state and national honors for her investigative reporting. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Acadiana Advocate, Baton Rouge Business Report and Gambit.


Digital

Contributors

  • Geoff Daily
  • Christine Baniewicz
  • Marie Elizabeth Oliver
  • Christie Maloyed
  • April Courville
  • Ruth Foote
  • Nathan Stubbs
  • Matthew Holland

Photography

  • Travis Gauthier
  • LeeAnn Stephan
  • Allison DeHart
  • Robin May
  • Stacy Conrad

Art, Design and Illustration

  • Peter DeHart
  • Allison DeHart

Board of Directors

Andre Alfred

Andre Alfred is a partner in the Cloud + AI Security division of the Microsoft Corporation. A Lafayette native and a graduate of Lafayette High School, Andre holds an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is pursuing a Doctorate of Engineering at George Washington University. He is also on the curriculum advisory committee of Western Governor University’s Cloud Cluster, serving a three-year term.

Carlee Alm-LaBar

Carlee Alm-LaBar is the president and CEO of the United Way of Acadiana. She previously served as planning director for Lafayette Consolidated Government and has worked extensively in the nonprofit sector, both as a volunteer and as a staff member. Known for her efforts in civic engagement across a range of projects, Carlee organized and chaired the Fix the Charter group, a citizen-driven effort that led the successful effort to reorganize Lafayette Consolidated Government’s legislative branch into a separate city and parish council. She is a graduate of Leadership Louisiana and a Next City fellow.

David Begnaud is the Lead National Correspondent for CBS This Morning, the national morning show of CBS News and is based in New York City. He has earned him some of journalism’s most prestigious awards. A Carencro native, his first journalism job was at KLFY-TV, the CBS affiliate in Lafayette. He started as a teen reporter during his senior year in high school, then worked his way up to a part time reporter and then weekend anchor. He hosted Passe Partout weekends, and the weekend evening editions of Eyewitness News, and attended UL during the week. 

Deiadra Garrett

Deiadra Garrett is a pediatric surgeon with the Lourdes Physicians Group. The Lafayette native holds a medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Ph.D. in genetics from LSU Health Sciences Center, completed her general surgery residency at Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation, and was a surgical critical care fellow at Northwestern University School of Medicine. Deiadra also completed pediatric surgical fellowships at both Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Johns Hopkins Medical Institute/University of Maryland (combined program). She serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Acadiana.

Gus Rezende

Gus Rezende is the co-owner of Social Entertainment Group, a company with a vision and passion for fusing lifestyle and culture through experience. Social Entertainment focuses on entertainment and hospitality, spanning from the creation and coordination of events to owning and managing bars/restaurants. The company also has experience in fundraising, talent booking and event operations. Gus is a former board member of Downtown Lafayette Unlimited and currently serves on the board of the Downtown Development Authority. He is a native of Brazil and a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Media, Nonprofit and Editorial Partners

  • Solutions Journalism Network
  • Membership Puzzle Project
  • The Advocate
  • The Daily Advertiser
  • WWNO
  • WRKF
  • AOC Community Media
  • Local Independent Online News
  • Institute for Nonprofit News
  • Online News Association