Lorena O'Neil

Lorena O'Neil

Lorena O'Neil is a freelance reporter based in New Orleans. She covers reproductive health, gender, culture and politics.

A murder victim, three daughters and delayed justice

By: - April 5, 2023

On the morning of June 27, 2022, Cassandra Jones was shot multiple times in broad daylight, and the murder was recorded on a cell phone video from a nearby apartment. The New Orleans Police Department identified the killer as Jones’ ex-boyfriend, BJ Brown, whom she had obtained a temporary restraining order against the prior month.  […]

A voter makes his choices in at a New Orleans Garden District polling place

The story behind why Louisiana voted against a ban on slavery

By: - November 17, 2022

Last week, Louisiana voters struck down an amendment to its constitution that would have prohibited  slavery and involuntary servitude.  The four other states where slavery was on the ballot – Alabama, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont – approved similar referenda. Louisiana was put in the national spotlight for rejecting the change.  Trevor Noah did an entire […]