Judi Terzotis, a veteran media executive who has worked in Louisiana’s four largest markets, has been named publisher of The Advocate, succeeding Dan Shea, who led the state’s largest news organization for six years.
Shea will become chairman of Georges Media, which owns The Advocate, The Times-Picayune, The Plainsman of Zachary, The St. Francisville Democrat, The Watchman of East Feliciana, and other weekly titles around the state. In his new role, he will work with owners Dathel and John Georges on acquisitions and long-term growth strategies for the company.
Terzotis joined Georges Media in January 2018 and was heavily involved in combining The New Orleans Advocate, The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com over the summer.
Gambit, New Orleans’ signature weekly news and entertainment paper, has been purchased by the parent company of The New Orleans Advocate.
Advocate owners John and Dathel Georges purchased the weekly from Margo and Clancy DuBos, native New Orleanians who have owned Gambit since 1991. Terms were not disclosed.
John Georges said the purchase was in line with his vision of preserving iconic Louisiana brands and creating a locally owned media company dedicated to traditional journalistic values, in print and online. Besides The Advocate, which they purchased in 2013, the Georges own the St. Tammany Farmer and weekly newspapers in Zachary and East and West Feliciana parishes. The Advocate is the state’s largest newspaper.
“Dathel and I believe Gambit is a perfect fit with our other media properties and performs an important role covering Louisiana’s unique mix of arts, entertainment, politics and culture,” John Georges said. “We want to keep Gambit locally owned and thriving.”
Galatoire’s is eyeing the possibility of expanding its family of restaurants, with the French Quarter landmark’s owners buying a pair of buildings that might serve as new culinary venues.
John Georges and Todd Trosclair said Friday that they had purchased the building at 211 Royal St., a block from Galatoire’s, from Kishore “Mike” Motwani, a commercial real estate owner who has caused controversy with the T-shirt shops that operate at many of his properties.
Backed by local donors, a group of St. Augustine High School alumni have purchased a recently created practice field close to the famed 7th Ward Catholic school.The field has undergone extensive renovations to serve the school’s students, athletes and marching band.
The newly formed St. Augustine High School Foundation-New Orleans purchased the field at 2525 St. Bernard Ave., near North Broad Street, from the Galatoire Foundation last week.
The Galatoire Foundation bought the property two years ago, demolished the old warehouses that stood there and funded its conversion into a practice field with the goal of passing it on to the St. Augustine Foundation once that group formed with the support of a slate of high-profile donors.
News media executives from across North America gathered at The New Orleans Advocate on St. Charles Avenue Sunday night for the opening reception of mediaXchange, the annual gathering of the News Media Alliance. The conference, which meets in New Orleans until Wednesday, offers programming, networking and information on the rapidly evolving news industry.