On Saturday, New Orleans voters made Dr. Jeffrey Rouse the city’s first new coroner in a generation. On March 27, Lens reporter Charles Maldonado will interview the coroner-elect at our monthly Breakfast with the Newsmakers event.

They’ll discuss the reforms Rouse has promised and how he proposes to pay for them. They’ll look back at controversies that swirled around the office during the decades it was run by the colorful, trumpet-tooting Dr. Frank Minyard. They’ll dig into the coroner’s less well-known role in sanity determinations and sexual assault investigations. The conversation will be wide-ranging. Your questions are welcome.


Date: Thursday, March 27

Time: 8 to 9 a.m. (doors open at 7:30 a.m.)

RSVP: Anne Mueller,

Location: Basin St. Station, 4th floor, 501 Basin St. at St. Louis Street

Live coverage: The event will be live-streamed and live-blogged.

Parking: Available in the Basin St. Station parking lot adjacent to the facility. This map shows the location of the parking lot and adjacent access points.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Basin St. Station.


Breakfast with the Newsmakers is a monthly business-social event that aims to engage The Lens’ audience with one another and with the people making news in and around New Orleans. Newsmakers events are open to the public.  They are free to Lens members, with a $10 suggested donation for non-members.