About Us


MidCityMessenger.com is a local, independent online source of news, commerce and knowledge for Mid-City New Orleans. Launched in January of 2013, it is modeled on the same neighborhood-based style of news coverage as its sibling website, UptownMessenger.com.

MidCityMessenger.com covers government, politics, crime, business, schools, and community events in and around Mid-City. We will report to Mid-City and its people through traditional articles and photographs, as well as video and live-blogging when possible.

Our primary coverage area will be the neighborhoods of Mid-City, Lower Mid-City, Bayou St. John and the Fairgrounds — running very roughly from City Park to Broad Street — though we’ll cover news of interest to our readers wherever it takes place.

We are financially supported by our local advertisers. We strictly adhere to the Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics.

You can reach us by email at midcity@nolamessenger.com.

Our Staff

Della Hasselle

Mid-City News Director Della Hasselle leads reporting at MidCityMessenger.com.

A graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Della lived in New York for 10 years. While up north, she produced and anchored news segments, wrote feature stories and reported breaking news for DNAinfo.com, a hyperlocal news site. Before that, she worked at the New York Daily News. She got her bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and her master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

In New York, Della was part of an award-winning team that covered the Occupy Wall Street protests, hurricanes Irene and Sandy, the first gay marriage ceremony in City Hall and other major news events. Since moving home to New Orleans, Della’s byline has appeared regularly in most of the city’s major publications. She has explored controversy surrounding Louisiana’s death penalty practices, broken stories about public land use policies and reported on charter school transparency and governance.

She joined Mid-City Messenger in December 2013. Della continues to work as a freelance writer and does some freelance video editing as well.

She can be reached at (917) 304-6121, or at dhasselle@nolamessenger.com.

Our Sponsors

The founding sponsors of Mid-City Messenger include LCI Worker’s Comp and WWL-TV.

  5 Responses to “About Us”

  1. Congratulations on the expansion site. I know it will be great.

  2. Nice work…the Gentilly Messenger might be appreciated as well..UNO SUNO DILLARD

  3. are ya’ll going to continue to do stories to recap Jester games?

  4. Regarding the technology that robbers are using to break into cars: can the car key be placed in a metal box (jewelry or candy box) rather than only aluminum foil?

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