Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the years since then, he has freelanced for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and worked on staff at the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. He also taught English as an adjunct instructor at Baton Rouge Community College. Much of his journalism has involved reporting on First Amendment issues and coverage of municipal and state government. He has received recognitions including McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association, among others. Muller is a New Orleans native, a Jesuit High School alumnus, a University of New Orleans alumnus and a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper. He lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with his two sons and his wife, who is also a journalist.
Will Louisiana require you to wear a face mask?
By: Wes Muller - July 1, 2020
Following a steady rise in coronavirus cases, a new mandate requiring residents to wear face masks in public takes effect Wednesday in Jefferson Parish. Although positive tests for COVID-19 have been found in all 64 parishes, a statewide face mask mandate does not appear to be immediately forthcoming. Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng issued […]
Louisiana Bucket Brigade leaders say their arrests for terrorism is payback
By: Wes Muller - June 29, 2020
Two women from the Louisiana Bucket Brigade were arrested on charges related to terrorism Thursday, six months after they left a box of plastic on the front porch of a lobbyist for the petrochemical industry as a form of protest. Their arrests come one week after they won a civil dispute against Formosa Plastics. Anne […]
State board gives 5 companies $140 million off next year’s property taxes
By: Wes Muller - June 26, 2020
The Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday approved tax breaks for multiple Louisiana companies worth more than $148 million next year alone under a program critics call “corporate welfare.” Wednesday’s meeting was the first time the board had met for a full agenda since the COVID-19 pandemic reached the state, and the members […]
Louisiana plants claim COVID-19 makes it impossible to monitor pollution
By: Wes Muller - June 24, 2020
Across Louisiana, people who live in the communities surrounding industrial facilities have often complained that pollution from those plants is responsible for their elevated rates of cancer and respiratory illnesses. And people with weakened immune systems and trouble breathing are particularly vulnerable during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, oil refineries and other industrial facilities are […]
Gov. Edwards supports looser gun laws, unlike the places that supported him most
By: Wes Muller - June 23, 2020
Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision to sign three bills lifting gun restrictions should have come as no surprise to his supporters or local leaders in the Democratic Party, two political analysts say. House Bills 140 and 334 and 781, all which take effect Aug. 1, overturn city and parish ordinances that ban firearms in public parks […]