|Owner(s)||Gambit Communications, Inc.|
|Headquarters||3923 Bienville St.
New Orleans, LA 70119
Gambit is a New Orleans, Louisiana-based free alternative weekly newspaper that was established in 1981. Gambit features reporting about local politics, news, food and drink, arts, music, film, events, environmental issues and other topics, as well as listings. Gambit publishes 40,000 papers each Tuesday, which are distributed to 400 locations in the New Orleans metro area beginning Sunday afternoon.
The paper's columnists include political editor Clancy DuBos, who is also a political analyst and commentator on WWL-TV, and the pseudonymous "Blake Pontchartrain," who answers readers' questions about the history of New Orleans. Past columnists have included Chris Rose, Andrei Codrescu and Ronnie Virgets. Jeremy Alford is a contributing writer based in Baton Rouge, who writes on statewide issues and has won several Louisiana Press Association awards for his coverage. Regular features include "Scuttlebutt" (political news briefs), and "Bouquets & Brickbats," weekly awards for the city's "heroes and zeroes." Gambit also publishes a weekly editorial and issues endorsements in many political races, with two notable exceptions; it does not endorse in national elections, nor does it endorse in judicial elections (on a longstanding political belief that judges should be appointed, not elected).
The paper has won many local and national honors, and former Gambit writer Katy Reckdahl was awarded both Hunter College's James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism in 2002 for her series on the mistreatment of the homeless, as well as a 2002 Casey Journalism Center Medal for Distinguished Coverage of Children and Family Issues for her report titled "Louisiana Juvenile Justice" on the Tallulah Correctional Center for Youth . Other former writers and editors include Michael Tisserand, author of the books The Kingdom of Zydeco and Sugarcane Academy, Scott Jordan, former spokesman for the Louisiana Democratic Party, and Rich Collins, a member of the children's music group Imagination Movers.
The paper also sponsors the annual Big Easy Theater Awards and Big Easy Music Awards, honoring New Orleans' best performing artists.
On October 1, 2007, Gambit launched Blog of New Orleans to supplement its Web site Best of New Orleans with daily updates on New Orleans news, politics, arts, music, sports, cuisine and local culture. Its other publications include CUE, a monthly home and fashion magazine; H+W, a monthly health supplement; and WED, a twice-annual bridal guide.
In January 2009, the paper changed its name from Gambit Weekly, to which it had been renamed in 1996, back to Gambit, the name under which it was originally founded in 1981.
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