GAMBIT food writer Helen Freund won honors at the Association of Alternative Newsmedia Awards in Austin, Texas earlier this month.
Freund's stories on blind culinary workers in New Orleans, as well as the restaurant scenes on Tulane Avenue and Kenner's Williams Boulevard, won first place in the category of Food Writing among papers with a circulation of less than 45,000.
Freund is a veteran reporter who worked for the New York Post for four years as a general assignment and crime reporter. She covered crime for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune before moving to Gambit in April 2015. Prior to New York, Freund reported on dining and nightlife in Seattle. Freund also has worked as a professional chef and attained a culinary degree at Paris' Le Cordon Bleu.
The Association of Alternative Newsmedia is the umbrella organization for 114 alternative newspapers and websites across North America, each of which focuses on local news, culture and the arts. — KEVIN ALLMAN