The Lens launches a new event series, Breakfast with the Newsmakers

It’s an informational series unlike any of its kind in New Orleans — a chance for our readers to mingle with the people making news around the city and state.

Breakfast with the Newsmakers will be a regular monthly event presented by The Lens. We’ll host a guest speaker involved in the day’s news at the historic Basin St. Station on the edge of the French Quarter.

The public is invited to a live interview conducted by our award-winning Lens reporters and editors, followed by an audience Q&A.

Each event will be streamed online and stored on The Lens website for readers unable to attend. 

Bob Marshall

Bob Marshall

John Barry

John Barry

Please join us Thursday, Nov. 21 for the inaugural Breakfast with the Newsmakers, with guest John Barry.

The Lens’ environmental reporter, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Marshall, will talk with John Barry, who is leading the charge to sue the oil and gas industry for damages to Louisiana’s coast. An audience question-and-answer session will follow.

Where: Basin St. Station & Visitors’ Center, 4th Floor, 501 Basin Street
Date: Thursday, Nov. 21
Time:  8-9 a.m.

7:30 a.m.: Doors open for breakfast and networking

8 a.m.: Bob Marshall interviews John Barry

8:40 a.m.: Audience Q&A 

Admission free to Lens members at the Friend level and above.

Suggested donation $10 for non-members. 

Basin St. Station meeting facilities are generously donated to our Breakfast with the Newsmakers series by Michael Valentino and Jay Valentino, developers of the cultural website New Orleans & Me.


To reserve your spot, please email Eileen Loh, at

For information about sponsorship opportunities for Breakfast with the Newsmakers,

please email or give Eileen a call at (504) 345-6789.