Veteran journalist, blogger, novelist and playwright Kevin Allman joins the staff of Gambit Weekly this week, taking the helm as editor. He replaces Clancy DuBos, who will remain on staff as the political editor. DuBos co-owns the paper with his wife, publisher and CEO Margo DuBos, and is chairman of Gambit Communications Inc.
"I've read Gambit Weekly since I came to town in 1993, and I'm really pleased and thankful to be offered the opportunity to join the paper's editorial team," Allman says. "New Orleans in 2008 is an exciting place and time to be a journalist. There's great work being done at the city's papers, on its TV news and on the local blogs, and they're working together in interesting ways some ways that are actually ahead of the rest of the nation in their hyper-local focus. I'm looking forward to suiting up and joining the fray."
Allman's experience spans the spectrum of journalism and includes writing online about documentaries and independent films for pbs.org and writing articles for a host of respected publications, including The Washington Post; Vogue; LA Weekly; hundreds of articles on arts and entertainment for the Los Angeles Times; pieces on pop culture, trends and interviews with newsmakers while an editor and writer at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and others. His assignments have included profiles ranging from Jim Letten to Kurt Cobain, lifestyle features, travel writing and book reviews "and a lot of pieces explaining New Orleans, post-Katrina, to readers on the East and West Coasts."
Allman also has written two mystery novels Tight Shot, which was nomniated for an Edgar Award for best first novel by the Mystery Writers of America, and Hot Shot. Several of his plays were produced at Le Chat Noir, Dramarama and the Walker Percy Southern Playwrights' Festival. He blogs on writing and the media at his Web site, www.kevinallman.com and has become a regular blogger on Gambit's blog site, www.blogofneworleans.com. Locally, he served as editor of Where magazine from 1998 to 2005.
DuBos will continue to write his weekly "Politics" column and contribute to the paper's blog site. He also will continue to edit the paper's political content and commentaries. "This is a change that I have been contemplating for almost a year," DuBos says. "I feel this is the right time to pass the baton, and I am thrilled that we found someone like Kevin to lead Gambit Weekly into the next era of alternative newsgathering in New Orleans. He will inherit a team of very talented writers, editors and freelancers, and I look forward to watching him take the paper to its next level of excellence."
In other staff changes, Loyola University graduate Alex Woodward joined the paper last week as an editorial assistant who will coordinate Gambit's listings and calendars. While at Loyola, Woodward was a staff writer, photographer and Life & Times editor at the university's prize-winning newspaper, the Maroon. He also was a staff writer for Antigravity magazine.
Woodward replaces Noah Bonaparte Pais, who was promoted to staff writer. Staffer David Winkler-Schmit has been named the paper's senior writer.