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Mitch's Media Musings July 16 - August 15, 2018

Mitch's Media Musings

July 16 - August 15, 2018

Cox Enterprises explores options for Cox Media Group's television stations: This is the news this month that's got journalists at WSB TV, WSB Radio, the AJC and other Cox properties around town wondering:

Asian American Journalists Association - The AAJA's 2019 annual conference will be in Atlanta.

Associated Press

  • Janelle Cogan is now Deputy Director for Storytelling for AP South

  • Ravi Nessman is News Director, South

Atlanta magazine

  • Check out this article about Creative Loafing. Reading it through shows the amazing talented journalists who spent time there. Read the full article here:

  • The magazine launches a special publication, The Atlanta 500. It'll highligh "the most influential leaders in Atlanta, across all industries from banking and law to education and healthcare." Reader can nominate using an online form (deadline is August 10). The publication comes out in January. Nominations: (P.S. My last name is spelled "L-e-f-f")

  • Folio magazine names Atlanta magazine a finalist in the Eddie and Ozzie Awards. This is for the April issue on race.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • A new reporter joins the paper's investigative group. Veteran journalist Yamil Berard will join as a quick hit/rapid response investigative reporter. Over her career, she has won numerous state and national awards for her investigative work. Her topics have included school construction spending, hospital finance, low-income housing, predatory lending and medical examiner errors. Berard, who is a native of Cuba, has spent most of her career in Texas. In addition to working more than 20 years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, she also has worked as an associate producer/writer for a DFW TV station and, most recently, as an editor and writer for a financial website.

  • Former reporter Mark Bixler is now senior associate director of external communications for Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, a pharmaceutical company that makes vaccines and medicines for animals.

Bitter Southerner - Founder Chuck Reese makes TIME magazine's list of the "31 People Changing the South." Read:

Car Biz Today - Mark Wallace Maguire is now Managing editor. He was recently editor of the Cobb Business Journal.

Georgia Public Radio

  • Robert Jimison joins as a producer on the Political Rewind show. Was previously a GPB intern and worked at CNN.

  • Stephen Fowler was a producer for All Things Considered on GPB. He moves into a reporter job in September.

On Second Thought

  • The show is on hiatus until September.

  • OST is looking for a Senior Producer.

  • LaRaven Taylor joins as producer.

  • Leighton Rowell joins as producer.

Georgia Public Television - Bill Niguts "Political Rewind" show will now be seen on TV as well as heard on the radio. Look for it on Sundays at 9 a.m. Do we think Nigut can really do TV? We'll see if he's got a knack for it!

GlobalAtlanta - Congrats to Trevor Williams on the birth of his son, Barrett Broker Williams!

WPBA - The AJC's Rodney Ho reports that "Public Broadcasting Atlanta is turning its TV station on Channel 30 into a full-service Public Broadcasting Service operation to compete better with Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Channel 8." Read more:

WDUN Radio - John Weatherbee joins as meteorologist. You may remember him from CBS46.


  • I saw a familiar face on CBS46 recently. Sure enough, Thomas Roberts has joined as afternoon anchor. He's worked previously at NBC News, MSNBC, CBS, The Insider/Entertainment Tonight and CNN.

  • Molly McCollum joins as weekend meteorologist. She joins from KWCH in Wichita, KS and KTUL in Tulsa, OK.

  • Two anchors switch: Tracey Hutchins moves to mornings and Shon Gables to mornings.

  • Kim Passoth departs. She'll be working for a station in Los Angeles.

WSB Radio

  • Herman Cain's show ends as of Aug. 2. Details from the AJC's Rodney Ho here:

  • The Eric Von Haessler show adds an hour. It'll now run from 9 a.m. - noon with thirty minutes after that online. That starts Aug. 6 according to Ho.


  • The AJC's Rodney Ho writes on the retirement of Jocelyn Dorsey:

  • Carl Willis departs the station. He'll be anchoring weekends and reporting during the week at WJLA TV in Washington DC.

  • The station is adding online newscasts from 7 - 9 a.m. This is the period when Good Morning America is on the TV.


  • Hope Ford joins as general assignment reporter. She was previously with WFMY TV in Greensboro/Winston Salem, NC.

  • The station launches a new show, "The Reveal," on Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. More at The show is described as "an investigative show exposing inequality, injustice, and ineptitude created by people in power throughout Georgia and across the country."

  • Look for a new documentary from Matt Pearl. It looks at Atlantans facing hard times & trying to rise up, through a free 20-day program that offers a crash course (and almost always a job) in construction. It's called IN CONSTRUCTION.

  • Ryan Dennis is producing the station's entertainment feature, The A Scene.

News from the PR Dept

John Walker was named PRSA Georgia's Chapter Champion for August. He runs an agency called "Chirp."


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