Mar 27, 2024 - Politics

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell to launch a podcast

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Mayor LaToya Cantrell is recording the first episode of her podcast Thursday in front of a live audience.

Why it matters: It's part of Cantrell's newly changing communications strategy, which has seen the mayor drop weekly press conferences and limit access to administration leadership.

The big picture: "NOLA Insight" will be recorded Thursday at Dew Drop Inn during a gathering for women only, according to the invitation.

  • It's pegged as a Women's History Month event for female influencers in the city. Registration is required.

Zoom in: She'll "explore the themes of aspirations, achievements and moving forward together" with these panelists in her first podcast episode, the invitation reads.

State of play: The podcast comes four months after the mayor stopped doing her weekly briefings during which she took questions from reporters and talked about her priorities for the city.

  • In January, she hired Terry Davis as her new communications director. Davis replaced Gregory Joseph, whom the City Council ousted in October over allegations of using taxpayer money for the mayor's campaign.
  • Cantrell is now prioritizing "community engagement," Davis told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. Her social media shows a busy schedule attending community events.

Meanwhile, Cantrell has been learning how to navigate life as a single mother after the death of her husband in August.

What's next: It's unclear when the first episode of her podcast will be released and how it will be available.

  • Cantrell's communications team did not respond to an inquiry Wednesday about the podcast details, including how often the mayor plans to record episodes.
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