Columnist Grace, reporter Maggi join Advocate

Political columnist Stephanie Grace and veteran reporter Laura Maggi, both members of the team that won two Pulitzer Prizes at The Times-Picayune in 2006, are joining The Advocate’s New Orleans staff.

Grace, who wrote a column for the Picayune from 2003 until 2012, will write three columns a week for The Advocate. They will be published on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

She is the latest addition to an editorial page that last week hired longtime Picayune scribe James Gill. Gill’s column appears on Thursdays and Sundays.

Grace began her career at the Picayune in 1994. Before becoming a columnist, she covered politics for the Picayune in Jefferson Parish and New Orleans as well as numerous statewide campaigns.

Among the awards she won was the Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors’ award for best personal column.

Maggi joined the Picayune in 2000. She worked for the newspaper’s capital bureau for six years before moving to New Orleans to cover criminal justice.

She was part of the team that produced the newspaper’s “Law and Disorder” series, which examined shootings of civilians by the New Orleans Police Department in the chaos following Hurricane Katrina. More recently, she covered health care for the Picayune.

Maggi will serve as assistant bureau chief and online editor for The Advocate’s New Orleans edition. She will also continue working as a reporter.

“I am honored to welcome to our team two more great journalists who believe in the power of a daily, home-delivered newspaper,” Advocate editor Peter Kovacs said.