As Gambit turns 35 years old, the paper is proud to announce a new publisher: Jeanne Exnicios Foster. Margo DuBos, who has been publisher for more than 28 years, will remain President and CEO of Gambit Communications, Inc.
Foster, a New Orleans native, has worked at Gambit in various capacities for 15 years, most recently as Associate Publisher. She also is a member of the board of directors of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia.
"I am honored by the opportunity to become Gambit's next publisher and to follow in Margo DuBos' footsteps," Foster said. "Margo's dedication to great journalism, to well-designed products and to New Orleans have been the hallmarks of her tenure as publisher. I look forward to following her example and leading with a similar passion for both media excellence and New Orleans' future."
Margo DuBos, who with her husband Clancy DuBos has owned Gambit since 1991, is a graduate of LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication and currently serves on the school's Board of Visitors. She began working at Gambit in the advertising sales department in 1982. She was promoted to advertising director in 1985 and was named publisher in 1987. Under her leadership, Gambit has become one of the most successful alt-weeklies in America.
"In recent years, Gambit has bucked all national trends in the newspaper business by constantly adapting to the industry's changing landscape in order to serve our readers better and help our advertisers reach their customers," Margo DuBos said. "For more than a decade, Jeanne has been an integral part of our innovations and our success. She also has a keen understanding of what makes Gambit indispensible to our readers, so I'm proud to see her take the reins as only our third publisher in 35 years."
Clancy DuBos, chairman of Gambit Communications Inc. and Gambit's political editor, echoed his wife's confidence in Foster. "Jeanne understands in a fundamental way what Gambit means to our readers, and her commitment to fulfilling our mission of providing New Orleans with an alternative voice makes her the perfect choice to succeed Margo as publisher."
Gambit Editor Kevin Allman expressed similar sentiments. "I'm excited about Jeanne as publisher," Allman said. "We've worked together for nearly eight years, and she's got a great grasp of both traditional editorial excellence and what a modern media company needs to do online to reach readers. Many of the paper's most creative and successful initiatives of the last few years have been Jeanne's ideas."
A message from Gambit's new publisher
I discovered Gambit in 1997 as a teenager, when I worked as a hostess at Semolina on Magazine Street. Every Sunday afternoon, a stack of papers would drop on the counter and people would file into the restaurant to pick up a Gambit. A few months later I moved to New York for college and my early exposure to Gambit steered me to picking up The Village Voice to help navigate a new city.
Every major U.S. city has a paper like Gambit. Many of these papers are part of an organization called the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. These local news organizations all share a passion for the communities they serve.
Almost 20 years after discovering Gambit, I still enjoy watching people pick up the paper. Gambit remains important to any New Orleanian who wants to stay informed about live music, food news, events, arts, politics, news and community issues.
After 15 years of working at Gambit in various roles, I am proud to take the reins of New Orleans' own weekly. We will continue to produce innovative digital, mobile and print products (we produce quite a few fun events too!) — and connect local businesses with our 296,000 loyal print and online readers. Gambit's staff is passionate about and energized by the people, places and things that make New Orleans unique.
Thank you for your support, and stay tuned for what's next as we continue to cover New Orleans like no one else!
— Jeanne Exnicios Foster