Katy Reckdahl's "Thrown Out" receives Alex Waller Memorial Award and Casey Journalism Center honor Gambit Weekly received 16 awards from the Press Club of New Orleans, including the Alex Waller Memorial Award for best print entry, at the group's annual awards ceremony held Saturday, June 25, at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel. Additionally, Gambit Weekly recently received press honors from the national organizations The Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.
Gambit Weekly won four first-place awards from the Press Club of New Orleans. Shala Carlson won first place in Critical Review for a review of the movie The Passion of the Christ titled "What if God Was One of Us?" Greg Peters' Suspect Device comic earned top honors for Cartooning, and Cristina Diettinger's feature story "Disco Donnie and the Last Days of Rave" won first place in the Special Interest category.
Katy Reckdahl's "Thrown Out," which examined the cases of public housing residents who were evicted based on confidential juvenile records -- that sometimes documented minor infractions -- received both first-place honors in General News and the Alex Waller Memorial Award. "Thrown Out" also was named a runner-up in the Nondaily Newspaper category of the 2005 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism. Reckdahl had previously earned a Casey Medal from the national organization for her reporting on juvenile justice issues.
Second-place honors went to Gambit Weekly's Lili LeGardeur (Series), Clancy DuBos (Column), Eileen Loh Harrist (Investigative and Editorial), Rhett Thiel (Editorial Illustration) and Michael Tisserand (Headlines). Third-place awards went to Eileen Loh Harrist (General News), Katy Reckdahl (Editorial) and David Lee Simmons (Critical Review). Frank Etheridge and Jason Berry received honorable mentions for General News and Special Interest, respectively.
Gambit Weekly received two honors from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, which held its annual awards luncheon on Friday, June 24 in San Diego. Dora Sison received second place in Cover Design for three covers: "The Art Is in the Mail," "Falling on Deaf Ears" and "The Education of Lance Hill." Sara Roahen earned an honorable mention in Food Writing in the annual contest that recognizes work from alternative weeklies across the country.