Gambit Weekly Wins Awards

Katy Reckdahl receives Alex Waller Memorial Award; Pableaux Johnson also honored by James Beard Foundation.


Gambit Weekly was honored with the Alex Waller Memorial Award and five first-place awards at the Press Club of New Orleans' 46th annual awards ceremony held June 5 at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Staff writer Frank Etheridge tied for first place in the "Sports Feature" category for his profile of football player Kevin Brooks, one of 405 hopefuls who tried out for the New Orleans VooDoo Arena Football League team in 2003.

Gambit Weekly photographers took first place in both the "General News Photography" and "Single Feature Photography" categories. Donn Young's winning news photo accompanied "Who's Caring?," a story examining the possible impact of budget cuts at Charity Hospital. Cheryl Gerber won the feature category for "Visiting Hours," her photograph of a Holt Cemetery worker preparing for All Saints' Day.

Katy Reckdahl received first-place honors in the "Special Interest" category -- and the Alex Waller Memorial Award for best overall writing -- for "The Changing Faces of AIDS," a story about the rising incidence of HIV among African-American women in New Orleans.

For the second year in a row, Gambit Weekly swept the "Critical Review" category. Food critic Sara Roahen took first and second place, while film critic Rick Barton received third-place honors.

Additionally, Peggy Frankland and Eliza Strickland took second and third place respectively in "Environmental," Rhett Thiel received third place in "Editorial Illustration," Harvey Pekar and Gary Dumm won second place in "Cartooning," and Eileen Loh Harrist and Clancy DuBos placed both second and third in the open category "Editorial."

Pableaux Johnson won third place in the "Feature" category, for a profile of restaurateur Anthony Uglesich. Johnson's profile of Uglesich, titled "End of the Lines?," also was honored in the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards, held in May in New York City. At the James Beard awards, Johnson's feature was one of three finalists in the category "Newspaper Feature Writing About Restaurants and/or Chefs With or Without Recipes." The Los Angeles Times' Russ Parsons ultimately won first place; the other finalist was Jim Dixon of Willamette Week in Portland, Ore.

The following is a complete listing of awards given in the Press Club of New Orleans' Print and Open Categories. For a complete listing of all awards -- including Television, Public Relations, Internet and Radio -- visit

Deadline News

First: Steve Cannizaro, Karen Turni Bazile and Aaron Kuriloff, The Times-Picayune, 'Crash Reveals Hate Group'

General News

First: Keith Darce, Gordon Russell, and Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune, 'Once More, Attention Focused on Michoud: Sprayed-on Tank Insulation is First Focus'


First: Shane K. Bernard, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, 'Cajun Power'

Second: Mark Waller, The Times-Picayune, 'A Gift to Mr. Block'

Third, Pableaux Johnson, Gambit Weekly, 'Lunch Break'

Honorable Mention: Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune, 'Fessing Up to its Legacy: Tipitina's'


First: Michael Giusti, Ellen Boyer and Elisabeth Butler, New Orleans CityBusiness, 'Building a Workforce'


First: Christine Richard, New Orleans Magazine, 'Latitude, Travel Adventures from New Orleans'


First: Rebecca Mowbray, The Times-Picayune, 'End of the Road'

Second: William T. Abbott, Louisiana Bar Journal, 'Show Us Your Torts'

Third: Richard Webster, New Orleans CityBusiness, 'Mardi Gras Deserters Plague Restaurants'

Honorable Mention: Keith Darce, The Times-Picayune, 'Keep on Trucking'


First: Megan Kamerick, New Orleans CityBusiness, 'On the Wild Side'

Second: Peggy Frankland, Gambit Weekly, 'We Had to Do Something'

Third: Eliza Strickland, Gambit Weekly, 'Making a Stink'


First, Michael Giusti, New Orleans CityBusiness, 'Sticker Shock'

Sports Feature

First: (tie) Olivia Smith, New Orleans Magazine, 'Body, Mind and Spirit' and Frank Etheridge, Gambit Weekly, 'Proving Ground'

Second: Aaron Andrews, Health and Fitness, 'Depth Charge'

Third: Peter Barrouquere, The Times-Picayune, 'Coming Full Circle'

Honorable Mention: Peter Devine, New Orleans Magazine, 'Flying with Eagles'

General News Photography

First: Donn Young, Gambit Weekly, 'Who's Caring?'

Single Feature Photography

First: Cheryl Gerber, Gambit Weekly, 'Visiting Hours'

Second: Jeff Pounds, Where Y'At, 'Naked on the Floor'

Third: Romney, Where Y'At, 'Donald Harrison'

Editorial Illustration

First: Mike Luckovich, New Orleans Magazine, 'Lesson Learned'

Second: Mike Luckovich, New Orleans Magazine, 'Stephen Ambrose and Understanding War'

Third: Rhett Thiel, Gambit Weekly, 'Ties That Bind'

Photo Story

First: Keith Calhoun, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, 'On the Waterfront'

Second: Brad Weimer, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, 'Cattle Ranching on the Cajun Prairie'

Third: John Huddleston, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, 'Killing Ground'

Honorable Mention: Deborah Luster, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, 'One Big Self'


First: Christine Manalla, At Home in New Orleans, 'Vine and Dandy'

Second: Katie Block, Kingfish, 'Organized Rhyme'

Third: Aaron Andrews, Health and Fitness, 'The Fat Track to Success'


First: Lisa Finnan, CityLife, 'Air Power'

Second: David Smith, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, 'Killing Ground'

Third: (tie) Toan Nguyen, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, 'The Clearing' and Stephanie Carey, New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles, 'Fields of Vision'


First: Byron Humphrey, New Orleans Magazine, 'Something New'

Second: Harvey Pekar and Gary Dumm, Gambit Weekly, 'King Oliver'

Third: Bunny Matthews, Offbeat, 'Cartoons From Da Nint' Ward'

Special Interest

First: Katy Reckdahl, Gambit Weekly, 'The Changing Faces of AIDS'

Second: Faith Dawson, New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles, 'Giving the Past a Future'

Third: Olivia Smith, New Orleans Magazine, 'An Article of Faith'

Honorable Mention: Elisabeth Butler, New Orleans CityBusiness, 'Audubon Sees Cloning Pets as Cash Cows'


First: Errol Laborde, New Orleans Magazine, 'Return of Canal Streetcar'

Second: Eileen Loh-Harrist and Clancy DuBos, Gambit Weekly, 'The Worth of Water'

Third: Eileen Loh-Harrist and Clancy DuBos, Gambit Weekly, 'Breaking the Rules'

Critical Review

First: Sara Roahen, Gambit Weekly, 'The Writing on the Wall'

Second: Sara Roahen, Gambit Weekly, 'Head Hunting' Third: Rick Barton, Gambit Weekly, 'Summoning the Hand of God'

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