Thursday May 9, 2013 – Thursday May 9, 2013

301 Tchoupitoulas Street

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We are excited to have Karen Gadbois, co-founder of The Lens, as our speaker. Karen will speak on her post-Katrina investigative experience, her experiences which led to the founding of The Lens, as well as her recent in-depth reporting on New Orleans charter schools.

More on Karen: For her work with television reporter Lee Zurik exposing widespread misuse of city recovery funds — which led to guilty pleas in federal court — Ms. Gadbois won some of the highest honors in journalism, including a Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and a gold medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors.

In 2012 she was awarded the Ethics in Journalism award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on the NOPD’s policy of publicizing the criminal records of homicide victims. Ms. Gadbois now covers New Orleans government issues and covers land use issues for the Squandered Heritage portion of The Lens.

Restaurant August
301 Tchoupitoulas Street



  • Salad of Ponchatoula strawberries and Ryal’s chevre, arugula, pistachio butter and aged balsamic
  • Gulf sheepshead poêlé, parsnip custard, pearl barley, and brown butter
  • Local blueberry pavlova, coconut, lime and blueberry sorbet
  • Iced tea service

You can register through the form below.* With online registration, you will be given the option of paying online via Paypal, or you can print out an invoice to bring to the luncheon, along with your payment.

You can also register with Karen at or 504.299.2231 by Monday, May 6, 2013 at 10:00 am.*

*The AWA is required to guarantee an attendance number and pay for all guarantees. Thus, if you do not attend the luncheon, or cancel after the RSVP deadline, you are still required to pay for your reservation. The AWA regrets any inconvenience this may cause.