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Best of New Orleans 2013: Media 

Best investigative reporter

1. Lee Zurik, WVUE — Once again, WVUE's powerhouse investigator tops this category. If Zurik calls looking for an interview, you're likely in trouble.

2. Travers Mackel, WDSU

3. Bill Capo, WWL-TV


Best local blog

1. — People, people. This is not a blog.




Best local news story of the year

1. OPP video — It had drugs, it had gambling, it had guns — and if it had been a plot point in a Hollywood blockbuster, no one would have believed it.

2. Ray Nagin indictment

3. Jim Letten resigns in face of U.S. Attorney's Office commenter scandal


Best local person on Twitter

1. Drew Brees (@drewbrees) — With more than 1.6 million followers, the Saints quarterback has a lot of fans — and they don't even seem to mind his #spon sponsored tweets.

2. Lauren Thom/ Fleurty Girl (@fleurtygirl)

3. Margaret Orr (@margaretorr)


Best local publication

1. Gambit — Suck-ups! No, seriously, thanks.

2. The Times-Picayune

3. The Advocate


Best local radio host

1. John "Spud" McConnell — The host of Talk Gumbo (and star of local commercials) keeps the talk going every weekday afternoon on WWL-AM.

2. Garland Robinette

3. Teapot and Stevie G


Best radio station

1. WWOZ 90.7 — Who doesn't love our homegrown, commercial-free, volunteer-staffed community station?

2. WWL-AM 870

3. WEZB 97.1 (B-97)


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  • Best Local TV Anchor: Norman Robinson

Best local TV anchor

1. Norman Robinson — One of the deans of local TV journalism has cut back his schedule at WDSU in preparation for stepping down next year — but you still love him.

2. Karen Swensen (WWL)

3. Angela Hill (WWL)


Best local TV newscast

1. WWL-TV 4 — WWL is Gambit's TV partner (and the station is presenting our Best of New Orleans TV special), but we didn't tell them they'd won. Surprise.

2. WDSU, Channel 6

3. WVUE, Fox8


Best local TV sportscaster

1. Fletcher Mackel — "The Sports Mackel" at WDSU displaces the semi-retired Jim Henderson from the No. 1 spot. (Your Field Guide to Local Mackels: Fletcher is the one with short hair.)

2. Jim Henderson (WVUE)

3. Juan Kincaid (WWL)


Best local TV weather forecaster

1. Bob Breck — WVUE's longtime meteorologist received lifetime honors this year from the Press Club of New Orleans — and battled a bout of prostate cancer, with good results. Best of luck, Bob.

2. Margaret Orr, WDSU

3. Laura Buchtel, WWL


Best local website

1. — If anyone ever tells you these results are fixed, point them to this one. Congrats to our friends in their dee-luxe newsroom in the sky.




Best reason to pick up Gambit

1. Local news/current events — Our new slogan is "News • Arts • Food • Fun," and we enjoy bringing you all four of them.

2. See what's going on in the city

3. Food and drink coverage

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