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My name is not Monica


Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Peabody Awards. I was unable to bring my personal photographer Bernardo so there are only a few photos of the actual event.

But first of all I am wondering how this major media event let the facts slip by and published my name as Monica.

My name is not Monica

In order to catch up with the hype I am now ADDING the name Monica as my new spy name.

Monica Gadbois
Amateur Investigator.

Lee Zurik presented a tightly crafted and well thought out speech, we had been told that they cut the mic after 45 seconds but that was proven to be false or empirical evidence suggests that, for when Jeanne-Claude and Christo took the stage another one in their troop commandeered the mic for what seemed like an hour until Jeanne-Claude gave him a smack.

Here is what I know with my view from the stage..Wolf Blitzer was on his Blackberry the whole time and I am pretty sure he was playing brick breaker. Ari Velchi was sitting behind us and he did not screech at any point in time. Gwenn Ifill grabbed my hand when I walked by her and congratulated me, I am pretty sure she recognized that I was wearing new shoes and wanted to let me know she was proud of me for not keeling over.


All in all it was really fun but I am putting New York on notice DO NOT think you can serve us cold over cooked chicken and we will not notice.

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About Karen Gadbois

Karen Gadbois co-founded The Lens. She now covers New Orleans government issues and writes about land use for Squandered Heritage. For her work with television reporter Lee Zurik exposing widespread misuse of city recovery funds — which led to guilty pleas in federal court — 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. She can be reached at (504) 606-6013.

  • 1) Way to go!
    2) Excellent pic – you look great.
    3) Monica is a great secret agent name.
    4) Hearty congratulations!

  • Ray Nichols

    I strongly prefer yer “Gadfly” moniker over “Monica”…

    Nice to see Lee gettin some recognition!


  • What a hoot! Monica???? What the hell!

    What a kick it must have all been. Good on ya!

  • e

    Monica Gadbois sounds like the name of a blond weatherlady

  • Michelle

    I warned you about the rubber chicken! Congrats, Karen! You deserve all the recognition that this world can reign on you and more.

  • J. Ruley

    Perhaps they intended “moniker” as in …a moniker serves as an identifier for action, to associate argument with action and to access specific action “by name”.

  • All kidding aside – I am so goddamn proud of you.

  • debi

    Monica, Monica, Monica…

    We are ALL very proud of you!

  • Flash

    Great job Monica (smile)!

  • Sarah

    Looks like you had a great time.

  • Karen, how cool indeed. My,what a long journey from the shop in Mexico. Always new you had good taste in housewares but no idea it would take you to such good and righteous work with real houses. Very proud of you!

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  • Janie


    I know this comment is late but I moved back to Nola just last year. I must say, from what I have
    read about you, you are “awesome”.