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Best of New Orleans 2012: Media 

Best Local Publication

1. Gambit (www.best-ofneworleans.com)— Thanks a lot. We love you back, New Orleans, hard hard hard.

2. The Times-Picayune (www.nola.com)

3. New Orleans Levee (www.nolevee.com)

 

Best Radio Station

1. WWOZ 90.7 — The winner in this category isn't shocking (though the absence of Tulane University's excellent WTUL-FM definitely is a surprise). 'OZ has everything a New Orleans music lover could want: jazz, blues, R&B, funk, world music, Cajun, zydeco and sounds from every point on the Louisiana compass. Bonus: live broadcasts from Jazz Fest.

2. WWL 870 AM

3. B97.1 WEZB

 

Editor's Pick

WTUL-FM 91.5 is one of the last remaining truly independent college radio stations in the country. The Tulane-based station's dedicated progressive programming calendar is a stronghold for upcoming artists, experimental music, punk rock, jazz, classical and the longest-running reggae show in the country. — Alex Woodward

 

Best Local Radio Host

1. T-Pot & Stevie G (The Afternoon Swirl, B97-FM) — Listeners enjoy celebrity gossip and "only in New Orleans" moments on The Afternoon Swirl, weekdays from 3 p.m.-7 p.m., but also adore updates on the couple's family life, especially listeners who have heard them joke on the air since 2000, years before their marriage and The Afternoon Swirl in 2006.

2. John "Spud" McConnell

3. Garland Robinette

 

Best Local TV Newscast

1. WWL-TV — "Louisiana's News Leader" is first in the hearts of our readers for the quality of its reportage and the stability of its news team, which includes Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos' Tuesday night commentaries. But not all is the same at WWL; the station scooped up Times-Picayune reporters David Hammer and Brendan McCarthy, and we hear the sorta-dumpy news set will soon get a Battlestar Galactica-worthy makeover.

2. WDSU-TV

3. WVUE-TV

 

Best Local Blog

1. Blackened Out (BlackenedOut.com) — Rene Louapre and Peter Thriffiley Jr.'s food blog knocked nola.com out of the top spot this year. Louapre and Thriffiley review restaurants with their signature golf rankings (par, bogey, birdie, eagle) and mouthwatering photos of whatever they're cooking up at home. And the comments section on Blackened Out is always interesting and usually smart.

2. Uptown Messenger www.uptownmessenger.com)

3. Gambit (BlogofNewOrleans.com)

 

Best Local Person on Twitter

1. Drew Brees (@drewbrees) — Drew Brees' Twitter is pretty vanilla: he mostly posts pictures of his kids, noncontroversial, media-trained comments and the occasional Jimmy John's promo. But even if he posted nothing but tweets saying "WHO DAT!" he would probably still have just as many followers (1,266,015 at press time).

2. Thomas Morstead (@Thomasmorstead)

3. Margaret Orr (@MargaretOrr)

 

Best Local TV Anchor

1. Angela Hill — Now in her 37th year at WWL-TV, Angela (she needs only one name in New Orleans) has won nearly every possible local journalism award for her reporting and anchoring skills. She's also a familiar face for her many community endeavors (which include hosting the Big Easy Awards' annual Tribute to the Classical Arts) and her advocacy for animals in her "Animal Patrol" segments.

2. Norman Robinson

3. Lee Zurik

 

Best Local TV Weathercaster

1. Bob Breck — The WVUE meteorologist has been a fixture on New Orleans weathercasts for 34 years, using his signature combination of folksy style and the latest in forecasting computer technology. Breck also keeps a blog (bobbreck.blogspot.com), where he provides more information about weather patterns and frequently challenges climate change theories (he's a skeptic).

2. Margaret Orr

3. Carl Arredondo

 

Best Local TV Sportscaster

1. Jim Henderson — "Hondo" retired this year after more than three decades as the gentlemanly sports director at WWL-TV, but kept his gig as "the voice of the New Orleans Saints" on radio. Earlier this month, he jumped to WVUE-TV to provide Saints analysis for the Tom Benson-owned station — inspiring several conspiracy theories, as well as deepening the ongoing love affair between WWL and WVUE's news departments.

2. Fletcher Mackel

3. Juan Kincaid

 

Best Investigative Reporter

1. Lee Zurik — America may not hold the news media in high esteem, but that doesn't apply to Zurik, who's been honored with his visage on the front of a Mardi Gras float. Among Zurik's targets: former Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Jiff Hingle and former St. Tammany Parish assessor Patricia Core, who lost a bid for re-election in November after Zurik dug up some damning receipts related to her office's spending.

2. Travers Mackel

3. Bill Capo

 

Best Reason to Pick Up Gambit

1. It's informative/to keep current — We try to keep you informed, not just with the weekly paper, but with breaking news and interesting items on the Blog of New Orleans, as well as livetweeting everything from public meetings to live concerts (follow us: @The_Gambit). Plus our listings editor, Lauren LaBorde, has created the most updated, comprehensive and searchable database in town.

2. Food News

3. TIE: BONO Readers' Poll

3. TIE: Music coverage and calendar

 

Best Local Website

1. Nola.com — Oh, Nola.com. No one loves you but our voters. You've had such a tough year, taking slings and arrows from people upset that your sister paper, The Times-Picayune, is scaling back publication. Then you had a hideous makeover that pissed off even more readers. In recent weeks, though, you've responded to readers and made yourself a bit more visually appealing.

2. BestofNewOrleans.com

3. WWLTV.com

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