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Mitch's Media Musings - April 16 - May 15, 2018

Mitch's Media Musings

Congrats to freelance writer Adina Solomon who was named a "Rising Star" by the New Media Alliance.

Is there something in the water! Congrats to:

  • Deborah Tuff, WXIA, new baby boy

  • Rodney Ho, AJC, adopted a baby girl

  • Claire Simms, WAGA, new baby boy

  • Matt Pearl, WXIA, new baby girl

  • Justin Wilfond, WSB TV, new baby girl

  • Alyse Eady, WAGA, expecting in October

  • Katie Beasley, WAGA, expecting in October

Society of Professional Journalists - SPJ Georgia is hosting a podcasting workshop at GPB headquarters on June 16. Details:

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Chelsea Prince joins as breaking news reporter

  • Congrats to Jennifer Brett, who marks 20 years with the paper this month.

  • Rich Halicks retires.


  • Sara Shahriari joins as Managing Editor.

  • Susan Davis joins as Executive Producer for the "On Second Thought" show.

  • New On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott starts May 29. She replaces the departed Celeste Headlee.

  • Sean Powers is moving to his new position as Director of Podcasting on June 22.

HLN - Bill Dobilas is now Executive Producer of Morning Express

Northeast Real Estate Business

  • David Cohen joins as editor. He was previously with the Atlanta Jewish Times.

Project Q - Patrick Saunders joins as Editor.


  • Emma Hunt joins as a reporter.

  • Denis O'Hayer announced that he'll retire on June 29.


  • Alexa Liacko joins the station as a general assignment/weekend reporter. She comes to Atlanta from KGUN TV in Tucson, AZ.

  • Management is constructing a shower at the station. We're not sure if this is response to any specific viewer comments about Buck Lanford or Paul Milliken.


  • Hayley Mason joins as general assignment reporter. She joins the station from WSMV in Nashville.

  • Howard Dorsey has joined as Executive Producer. He's worked for TEGNA in Charlotte and KRIV in Houston.

WGST Radio - Dana Barret's show moves to WGST on May 29. Her show will air from Noon - 2 p.m. weekdays.

WMLB Radio - The station will be shutting down this month. Details from the AJC's Rodney Ho: Shows included content from John Lemley, Neha Negandhi and others.


  • Art Rogers retires as Director of Programming.

  • Jovita Moore marks 20 years with the station.

  • Jocelyn Dorsey has announced that she'll be retiring sometime this summer.

WXIA TV / 11Alive

  • Former GM Mark Pimintel is now GM at the ABC/Telemundo station in Colorado Springs.

  • The station recently launched its own Pandora radio station.

  • Jeff Hullinger will be part of the next Leadership Atlanta class.

  • Melissa Long departs the station. She'll be working for a new company called "Ground." She tells us that "Ground is a new app that fills the information gap between social media and traditional news media. Ground busts fake news by engaging users on the ground and using patent-pending AI tech and human verification.Ground was released worldwide on April 25."

News from the PR Dept

  • Karin Koser and her small team at KPKinteractive received a national PRSA Bronze Anvil Award of Commendation this month in the Facebook Engagement category, for their client Southern Group of State Foresters. KPKinteractive created a 14-video series last year to bring awareness to foresters and the forestry industry, as well as handled the initial social media launch for the video marketing campaign, garnering over 100,000 views and hundreds of engagements on Facebook alone. She is the only IC from Georgia to be honored by PRSA.


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