This week on Behind The Lens, the New Orleans City Council grilled Mayor LaToya Cantrell about her decision to lower the speed threshold for traffic camera tickets, and why her administration didn’t notify the public about the change.

Also, will text message reminders help parents dealing with OneApp verification for early childhood education programs? The Education Research Alliance of New Orleans recently conducted a study to find out. Education reporter Marta Jewson has the details.

Finally, environmental reporter and Behind the Lens host Tom Wright is leaving for Mississippi. We’ll get his thoughts on the state of journalism in the Deep South, and find out where his career will take him.

We’d like to welcome our new host, Jessica Rosgaard. Jessica also works for WWNO, where she edits the Capitol Access state legislative segment and covers local and state government. She also led a team covering the aftermath of the 2016 Louisiana floods. She has previously worked for Al Jazeera America, CNN, Current TV and The Washington Post.

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Charles Maldonado

Charles Maldonado is the editor of The Lens. He previously worked as The Lens' government accountability reporter, covering local politics and criminal justice. Prior to joining The Lens, he worked for Gambit, New Orleans alternative newsweekly, where he covered city hall, criminal justice and public health. Before moving to New Orleans, he covered state and local government for weekly papers in Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn.