Reckdahl, a native of Grove City, Minn., previously worked for the Minneapolis-based alternative weeklies Twin Cities Reader and City Pages. She has also worked extensively in radio; she served as a producer for A Prairie Home Companion and has contributed to The Writer's Almanac and other public radio programs. She first moved to New Orleans in 1999 to work with the syndicated radio show American Routes; while based in the city, she has freelanced for The New York Times and People magazine, in addition to Gambit Weekly.
"Katy's in-depth reporting and her way with a story represent alternative weekly writing at its best," says Gambit Weekly editor Michael Tisserand. "Her contributions as a staff writer will help this paper present an ever-truer portrait of our city."