Veteran journalist Kandace Power Graves has been named managing editor at Gambit Weekly. She replaces David Lee Simmons, who took a job as arts and entertainment editor at Creative Loafing in Atlanta.
Graves has been the special sections editor at Gambit for 10 years, producing Home Smart, an award-winning home and garden magazine, L'Image fashion pullout, a monthly health and wellness section, a weekly shopping section and business column, and various other projects.
She started her professional career in 1978, when she developed a weekly newspaper, the Farmington Mercury, in a small Arkansas town that had never had its own paper, then redesigned a weekly newspaper in Hot Springs, Ark.
From there, she moved to Dallas, Texas, to work as a reporter and editor at the international wire service United Press International, transferring in 1981 to UPI's New Orleans office, where she covered everything from elections and plane crashes to the local PGA golf tournament and the trials of former Gov. Edwin Edwards. She also produced daily news packages as an editor.
Graves came to Gambit as features editor after working for several years in the public relations department at Tulane University, rising to the position of assistant director of public relations.
"We are extremely proud to announce Kandace's appointment," says editor Clancy DuBos. "She brings a wealth of experience, dedication and talent to the job. Her decade at Gambit assures a smooth transition, and the depth and range of her reporting and editing experience make her an ideal fit for this important job."