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Gambit Weekly Wins Awards 

Gambit Weekly was honored with the Ashton Phelps Sr. Memorial Award and seven first-place awards at the Press Club of New Orleans' 45th annual awards ceremony held Saturday, May 31, at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel.

For the second year in a row, Katy Reckdahl and Clancy DuBos received the Ashton Phelps Sr. Memorial Award for Editorial Writing, this year for a Commentary on literacy in New Orleans. Gambit Weekly also received second and third places in the "Editorial" category, for work by Allen Johnson Jr. and Clancy DuBos, and Katy Reckdahl and Clancy DuBos, respectively.

Gambit Weekly also swept the "Critical Review" category, with arts & entertainment editor David Lee Simmons winning first place for his film writing, and food critic Sara Roahen and music editor Scott Jordan winning second and third place, respectively.

In the category "Investigative," Clancy DuBos and Allen Johnson Jr. won first place for the story "The Perils of Paulette." Allen Johnson Jr. also won second place in the category for his story "The Secret Files of Peter Munster."

Staff writer Eileen Loh Harrist also won multiple awards in the same category. With co-writer Christie Buckner, she won first place in "Special Interest" for the medical story "The Silent Killer"; Loh Harrist won second place for "The Best Medicine."

First place honors also went to artist Rhett Thiel in "Editorial Illustration" for his cover drawing "Building a Better Mousetrap," to Greg Peters in "Cartooning" for his weekly "Suspect Device," and to editor Michael Tisserand in the "Headlines" category. Eileen Loh Harrist, David Lee Simmons, Katy Reckdahl, Clancy DuBos, Scott Jordan each received additional second- and third-place awards.

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

General News

First: Martha Carr, The Times-Picayune, "Ego and Pride"

Second: (tie) Martha Carr, The Times-Picayune, "The Two Faces of Bodenheimer" and Gail Naron Chalew, The Jewish News, "School Board Election in Hammond Marred by Religious Bias"

Third: Eileen Loh-Harrist, Gambit Weekly, "The Challenger"

Honorable Mention: Allen Johnson Jr., Gambit Weekly, "The Confidential File"

Feature

First: Keith O'Brien, The Times-Picayune, "The Old Man and the Storm"

Second: Martha Carr, The Times-Picayune, "Hard Times in East Carroll"

Third: David Lee Simmons, Gambit Weekly, "Naqoyqatsi: War and Pieces"

Honorable Mention: Faith Dawson, New Orleans Magazine, "The Marrying Ma'am"

Series

First: John McQuaid and Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune, "Washing Away"

Second: Keith O'Brien, The Times-Picayune, "Julie's Fight"

Third: Katy Reckdahl, Gambit Weekly, "Why Doesn't She Leave?"

Column

First: Liz Scott, New Orleans Magazine, "Modine's New Orleans"

Second: Clancy DuBos, Gambit Weekly, "Politics"

Third: Christine L. Manalla, Kingfish, "From the Editor"

Honorable Mention: Scott Jordan, Gambit Weekly, "Set Break"

Business

First: Megan Kamerick, New Orleans CityBusiness, "Office Technology"

Second (tie): John M. Biers, The Times-Picayune, "Brewing a Fair Deal" and Keith Darce, The Times-Picayune, "Under the Gun"

Environmental

First: John M. Biers, The Times-Picayune, "Whale of a Problem"

Second: Megan Kamerick, New Orleans CityBusiness, "Nutria Bounty"

Third: Megan Kamerick, New Orleans CityBusiness, "Hostile Environment"

Investigative

First: Clancy DuBos and Allen Johnson Jr., Gambit Weekly, "The Perils of Paulette"

Second: Allen Johnson Jr., Gambit Weekly, "The Secret Files of Peter Munster'

Sports Feature

First: Aaron Andrews, Health & Fitness, "Lives on the Line"

Second: Kerrie Ann Frey, Health & Fitness, "I Believe I Can Fly"

Third: Peter Devine, Kingfish, "One Hit at a Time"

Editorial Illustration

First: Rhett Thiel, Gambit Weekly, "Building a Better Mousetrap"

Second: Byron Humphrey, New Orleans Magazine, "Table for One"

Photo Story

First: Dick Waterman, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, "Louisiana's Music Makers"

Second: Amanda Frank, Where Y'At, "Lower Tchoupitoulas: The Changing Face of New Orleans"

Headlines

First: Michael Tisserand, Gambit Weekly, "Twainspotting"

Second: Christine L. Manalla, Kingfish, "Panty Aid"

Third: Aaron Andrews, Health & Fitness, "The Right to Bare Arms"

Layout/Design

First: Eric Gernhauser, New Orleans Magazine, "People to Watch"

Second: David Johnson, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, "Influence of Culture: Architecture of the French Quarter"

Third: Laura Ladendorf, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, "Natchitoches & Louisiana's Timeless Cane River"

Honorable Mention: Stephanie Carey, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, "Room Service"

Cartooning

First: Greg Peters, Gambit Weekly, "Suspect Device"

Special Interest

First: Christie Buckner and Eileen Loh Harrist, Gambit Weekly, "The Silent Killer"

Second: Eileen Loh Harrist, Gambit Weekly, "The Best Medicine"

Third: Russell McCulley, Kingfish, "You Say You Want a Revolution?"

Editorial

First: Katy Reckdahl and Clancy DuBos, Gambit Weekly, "Reading Lessons"

Second: Allen Johnson Jr. and Clancy DuBos, Gambit Weekly, "Duke's Crimes"

Third: Katy Reckdahl and Clancy DuBos, Gambit Weekly, "No Dumping"

Critical Review

First: David Lee Simmons, Gambit Weekly, "Not the Greatest"

Second: Sara Roahen, Gambit Weekly, "Fit to a Tea"

Third: Scott Jordan, Gambit Weekly, "Baffling Butler"

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