This week on Behind The Lens, the community lost another great musician on Mardi Gras morning when Kerry “Fatman” Hunter was killed after he was struck by a car.

And the Orleans Parish School Board voted last month to keep a beloved school open as a direct-run institution. Though the district has run a handful of schools in recent years, taking over in emergency situations, the Leah Chase School will be first direct-run intentionally opened in the post-Katrina era.

Our guests this week are Lens photojournalist La’Shance Perry, education reporter and Deputy Editor Marta Jewson, special guest Dr. Ashonta Wyatt, former principal of Spirit of Excellence Academy, and Lens editor Katy Reckdahl. 

Theme music by Podington Bear. Additional music The Dirty by Podington Bear and Get Your Mind Right by the New Birth Brass Band.

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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...