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Michelle Liu, Verite

Michelle Liu, Verite

Michelle previously for The Associated Press in South Carolina and was an inaugural corps member with the Report for America initiative. She also covered statewide criminal justice issues for Mississippi Today, Verite’s sister newsroom, from 2018 to 2020. Her work at Mississippi Today has been recognized regionally and nationally, including by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Online Journalism Awards and the John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Awards.

Racist, misogynistic slurs, discrimination noted in lawsuit against Sun Belt Conference

By: - November 15, 2022

Editor’s note: This article contains links to uncensored deposition testimony that includes racist and misogynistic language.  NEW ORLEANS – Officials at the top levels of a college sports conference headquartered in New Orleans used or tolerated racist and misogynistic slurs that created a hostile work environment, according to recent filings in a 2021 lawsuit by […]

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell

Mastercard gave New Orleans $100K for ‘truly needy.’ City couldn’t get people to take cash.

By: - November 8, 2022

NEW ORLEANS – In November of last year,  Mayor LaToya Cantrell gathered finance executives and community leaders on a basketball court inside a city recreation center to announce a new initiative that, she said, was aimed at addressing the city’s racial wealth gap. The mayor’s vision centered on the Crescent City Card, a quasi-municipal ID […]

Congressman F. Edward Hébert

Despite campus pressures, Tulane keeps segregationist’s name on building

By: - November 2, 2022

NEW ORLEANS – In late September, the historian Justin Wolfe opened an email that had landed in the inboxes of Tulane University students and faculty, its subject line unassuming: “A Message from President Fitts.” The email outlined the many steps the university, a predominantly white institution located in the mostly Black city of New Orleans, […]

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell

With shutdown of Cantrell’s nonprofit, what will happen to private funds?

By: - October 27, 2022

NEW ORLEANS – A lawyer for Forward Together New Orleans, the nonprofit holding the purse strings for several of New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s city-sponsored social welfare programs, has said the organization will shut down following a government subpoena and a legal dispute between its governing board and its sole staffer. Attorney Allen Miller told […]

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell

Board of New Orleans ‘mayor’s fund’ nonprofit sues former director

By: and - October 13, 2022

NEW ORLEANS – The board of a nonprofit organization founded by New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell to carry out city-sponsored social programs is suing its former executive director after he accused the group’s governing board of financial abuse and mismanagement. Those accusations prompted a subpoena last month from the city’s Office of Inspector General seeking […]