Clancy and his wife Margo have owned Gambit since 1991, and he has been an attorney since 1993. Prior to 1991, Clancy was the on-air political reporter and analyst for WDSU-TV (NBC) in New Orleans for nearly 10 years (December 1981 - May 1991), then at WVUE-TV (Fox 8) through August 2007 before joining WWL-TV as the station’s on-air political analyst.
He now delivers his weekly “Clancy’s Commentary” on WWL-TV every Tuesday during the station’s 6 p.m. newscast. Clancy became Gambit’s first and only political columnist in December 1981. He now works full-time at Gambit while maintaining a limited, part-time law practice. Gambit Communications Inc. publishes Gambit (circ. 40,000, Louisiana’s largest weekly newspaper), the online “bestofneworleans.com” Web site and the “Blog of New Orleans” news blog (www.blogofneworleans.com).
Clancy began a civil law practice after graduating from Loyola Law School in 1993, taking time out to clerk for Chief Justice Pascal Calogero of the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1994.
As a journalist, he has earned awards from the Press Club of New Orleans, the Louisiana Press Association, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and the Associated Press Association of Louisiana and Mississippi. He also has appeared on numerous network radio and television talk shows, including “Washington Week in Review,” NPR, “The Today Show,” “Dateline NBC” and many appearances on local radio talk shows. Clancy and Margo were honored in 2008 with the “A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award,” the highest honor bestowed by the South-Central Region of the Anti-Defamation League. Clancy was named UNO’s “Homer Hitt Distinguished Alumnus of the Year” in 2003. In 2012, he was named one of “Ten Outstanding Persons” by Family Services of New Orleans and “Alumnus of the Year” by Holy Cross School.
Clancy was an original member of the Board of Directors of KIDsmART, a non-profit arts education organization serving inner-city youth in New Orleans. He served for nine years as a board member of the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, and he served for 15 years on the board of directors of Holy Cross School, including a two-year stint as chairman of the board during and after Hurricane Katrina. He currently serves on the Visiting Committee of Loyola Law School.
A native of New Orleans, Clancy is a 1972 graduate of Holy Cross High School, the University of New Orleans (B.A. History, 1976) and Loyola University School of Law (J.D., 1993). He and Margo have two sons.