Gambit Weekly reporters, columnists and artists took home 11 awards in the 2006 Free Circulation & Special Interest Publication Competition and Individual Competition from the Louisiana Press Association, including five first-place awards, three second-place honors, two third places and an honorable mention.
Jeremy Alford won first place in the Best News Story category for "Like It was Yesterday," (News & Views, Sept. 19, 2006), a look at the community of Mouton Cove a year after Hurricane Katrina. Andrei Codrescu reeled in the Best Regular Column designation for 2006 for his column "The Oldest Taxi Driver in New Orleans" (Pennypost, Nov. 11, 2006) and his Katrina retrospective "How We See Us One Year Later" (Pennypost, Aug. 29, 2006).
Greg Peters won Best Editorial Cartoon for his bi-weekly "Suspect Device" in Gambit Weekly, and artist Patricia Quinn won first prize for Most Effective Use of Graphic Design on a Single Page for her layout of "They Were My Babies" (Dec. 12, 2006). Home Smart won top honors as Best Special Section.
Allen Johnson Jr. captured two second-place awards, one in the Best Feature Story category for his profile of attorney Sam Dalton in "The Quiet Lion" (Nov. 21, 2006), and another for Best News Story for "Under the Gun" (Sept. 19, 2006), a story about crime in the Faubourg Marigny and French Quarter. L'Image, Gambit's fashion pullout, was given second place in the Best Special Section category.
Production Director Dora Sison won third place for Best Front Page for her cover illustrations for "Under the Gun" (Sept. 19, 2006) and "Women on the Verge" (March 21, 2006), and Daniel Castro was awarded third place in the Best News Story category for "NOPD Blues" (Aug. 1, 2006), a story about the mental and emotional challenges the New Orleans Police Department has faced since Katrina.