Gambit publisher Jeanne Exnicios Foster has announced the promotion of Kandace Power Graves, the paper's managing editor, to editor-in-chief. Kevin Allman, the paper's editor since 2008, is moving to the West Coast later this year to take care of family matters, but will continue to write for Gambit as a contributing writer.
Gambit also is adding frequent contributor Sarah Ravits as a staff writer, as well as hiring Louisiana native Jake Clapp, most recently the editor of The Baton Rouge Advocate's weekend section Red, as another staff writer.
They join arts & entertainment editor Will Coviello and staff writer Kaylee Poche.
Kandace Power Graves is a veteran journalist who has worked at Gambit for 23 years, first as a features editor and later as managing editor. Graves started her career in 1979 by founding a weekly newspaper in a small community outside the college town of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and redesigning a newspaper in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She worked for United Press International as a reporter and editor for almost a decade in Dallas, then New Orleans, covering stories ranging from the 1982 crash of Pan Am Flight 759 in Kenner to the trials of former Gov. Edwin Edwards and Mafia kingpin Carlos Marcello. She worked in public relations at Tulane University, rising to assistant director at the Tulane School of Medicine, where she covered research and other issues before signing on at Gambit.
Sarah Ravits, a Seattle native, is a graduate of Tulane University and a previous managing editor at Renaissance Publishing. Her bylines have appeared at UPROXX, VICE, Consequence of Sound and Paste Magazine, as well as Louisiana Life, New Orleans Magazine, The New Orleans Advocate and Gambit.
“Aside from covering some of the fun aspects of living in New Orleans,” she says, "I also look forward to exploring and shedding light on deeper, serious issues and being able to share the stories and experiences from all kinds of people here. My favorite Gambit stories that I’ve published recently have involved visiting NASA’s Michoud facility and talking to an astronaut about the upcoming space launch expedition, and interviewing teenage activists about gun control.”
Follow Sarah on Twitter at @sravits.
Jake Clapp is a native of Lake Charles and a 2012 graduate from LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication with a degree in print journalism. He worked for two years at Baton Rouge's short-lived alt-weekly DIG, before becoming the arts & entertainment editor and a news reporter with CITY Newspaper, Rochester, New York's alternative newsweekly, where he covered everything from music, food and visual arts to housing rights, immigration and racial justice. He moved back to Louisiana last year to work at The Baton Rouge Advocate as a writer and editor.
He's grateful and excited to report on a city he believes in, telling the stories of New Orleans' unique communities.