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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 36,000 papers each Tuesday, which are distributed to 400 locations in the New Orleans metro area beginning Sunday afternoon.

Gambit (formerly Gambit Weekly)
TypeAlternative weekly
Owner(s)Georges Media
PublisherJeanne Foster
EditorKevin Allman
Headquarters823 Camp St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
United States

The paper's columnists include political editor Clancy DuBos, who is also a political analyst and commentator on WWL-TV. Past columnists have included Chris Rose, Jeremy Alford, Andrei Codrescu and Ronnie Virgets. Regular features include "Opening Gambit" (political news briefs), and "Thumbs Up & Thumbs Down," 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,[1][2] and former Gambit writer Katy Reckdahl was awarded Hunter College's James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism in 2002 for her series on the mistreatment of the homeless,[3] and 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 .[4] 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 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 website 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 and BRIDE & GROOM, a twice-annual wedding 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 had been founded in 1981.[5]

On April 9, 2018, the holding company for The New Orleans Advocate purchased Gambit and[6][7]


  1. ^ AAN Staff (2001-06-25). "Alternative Newsweekly Awards Announced". Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Archived from the original on 2007-03-13. Retrieved 2007-01-19.
  2. ^ "Gambit Weekly Tops National, Local Journalism Awards". Gambit Weekly. 2002-06-11. Archived from the original on 2007-02-02. Retrieved 2007-01-19.
  3. ^ "The James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism Recipients". Hunter College, Department of Film & Media Studies. Archived from the original on 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2007-01-19.
  4. ^ "Casey Journalism Center 2002 Awards: Nondaily Newspaper (any circulation)". Casey Journalism Center. Archived from the original on 2006-09-11. Retrieved 2007-01-19.
  5. ^ "Gambit Redux". Gambit. 5 January 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  6. ^ Advocate staff (April 9, 2018). "'A perfect fit': Advocate purchases Gambit weekly,". The New Orleans Advocate. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  7. ^ Gambit staff (April 9, 2018). "The Advocate purchases Gambit and". Retrieved 2018-04-12.

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