Selection committee



David Francis

Verite News

New Orleans native David Francis is executive director of, a nonprofit online media company focused on elevating the voices of historically dismissed or ignored New Orleanians and training the next generations of minority journalists.

Francis was the publisher of Times-Picayune, the newspaper of record for the metro area, before retiring. He held various roles in charge of transportation, marketing, governmental relations, sales, legal and human resources.

He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in business administration from Tulane University.

He is a past president of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Institute of Mental Hygiene, Children’s Bureau of New Orleans, Louisiana Press Association, Louisiana Daily Newspaper Publishers Association, and The Times-Picayune Doll and Toy Fund. Francis has served on the boards of New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, United Way of Southeast Louisiana and Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp.