Gambit Weekly reporter Katy Reckdahl won the coveted Alex Waller Memorial Award and the newspaper took home a total of 10 other awards, four of them first place, at the Press Club of New Orleans' 48th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards gala June 24 at Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Reckdahl was awarded the Alex Waller Memorial Award for excellence in writing for her story "Long Road to Freedom" (7/26/05). She also won first place for that piece in the "Special Interest" category. Reckdahl's story "St. Joseph's Night Gone Blue" (3/29/05) won first place in the "General News" category, and her "The Woman Behind the Curtains" (3/15/05) placed second among "Investigative" entries.
Sara Roahen won first place in the "Feature" category for "Devotions" (3/15/05). Greg Peters, whose "Suspect Device" cartoons appear in Gambit Weekly bimonthly, received two of the three nominations for "Cartooning" and won first place for "Blame Game" and third for "Year in Review."
Allen Johnson Jr. was awarded second place in the "Special Interest" category for "The Hidden Wounds of War" (2/15/05), and Olivia Jane Smith won third-place honors in that category for "One-Act Wonders" (3/15/05).
David Lee Simmons won third place for his feature "Panic Attack" (4/05/05) and another third in the "Critical Review" category for "Image Maker," a film review of Rize (6/28/05).
For a complete listing of all awards presented at the ceremony, visit the Press Club of New Orleans Web site at www.pressclubneworleans.org. Correction In "Banking on a Boom" (News & Views, 6-27-06) we misidentified a resident of Lakeview as Gieselman Dette. Her name actually is Dette Gieselman. Gambit Weekly regrets the error.