This week on Behind the Lens, Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s office announced that partial furloughs for city workers involved in public safety and emergency response would be cancelled in anticipation of a sunnier revenue outlook for 2021.

New Orleans schools were back in session after the holiday break for just three days before moving to virtual learning again due to the dramatic increase in the positivity rate in the city. 

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Inmates in Louisiana prisons over the age of 70 are in the next group of people who are eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine and shipments are on the way. 

Our guests this week are government and cultural economy reporter Michael Isaac Stein, education reporter Marta Jewson, criminal justice reporter Nick Chrastil and The Lens editor, Charles Maldonado.

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Carolyne Heldman

Carolyne Heldman has been in media for 35 years, most recently as Executive Director at an NPR member station in Colorado where she was responsible for new multi-platform content initiatives, strategic...