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Mitch's Media Musings November 2018

Mitch's Media Musings

Oct. 16 - Nov. 15, 2018


The 2018 Gabby Awards are out. Click here for the full list of awards, but local winners included WDUN, WSB-TV, WABE, WVEE, WALB, WGCL, WXIA, GPB, WAFS, WMLB, and GNN.

General Musings

ArtATL - Lauren Leathers is now managing their calendar.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Tracy Brown departs for WBEZ Chicago.

  • Jay Bookman departs after 28 years at the AJC and 40 years in the newspaper biz. Details:

Buckhead View - Lisa Schoolcraft takes over the editor position

Burnaway - Logan Lockner is now the editorial contact, taking over for the departed Stephanie Cash.

Creative Loafing

  • Lauren Leathers departs

  • Will Cardwell is now the Happenings Editor

East Cobber - Congrats to Cynthia Rozzo, who recently received the "Business of the Year" award from the East Cobb Business Association.

Georgia Public Broadcasting Radio

  • GPB's Podcasting program, under the leadership of Director Sean Powers, has been busy with several new and upcoming podcasts:

  • Kalena Boller will host one called "The Credits," focused on the film industry. Here's a link to a trailer for that one:

  • "Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project," posted recently as well. It's based on a play by Atlanta-playwright Lee Nowell. Check it out via this link:

  • Football Fridays in Georgia - This is an extension of GPB's high school football coverage. Link: Hosts Jon Nelson and Tommy Palmer.

Straight from the A - We've added new contact info for this online news site.

Q100, The Bert Show - Cassie Young is the Social Media and Web Director

Travel 100 - From the team that brought you the Atlanta 100 comes, the "Travel 100," 100 word stories on destinations, accommodations, products, cars, recipes and more. In addition to their website, they'll be sending an enewsletter to approximately 500,000 nationally starting next month. Jan Schroder is the editor-in-chief.


  • Scott Stucky named News Director for the departed Mike McClain.

WCLK Radio - David Linton is now Program Director.


  • Brittany Edney joins as general assignment reporter. She's a UNC grad and comes to Atlanta from Las Vegas.

  • Giovanna Drpic departs the station.


  • Kaitlyn Ross will soon be launching a new 11Alive social media project focused on "advocacy, love and justice for our furry friends." You'll be able to find it on the station's YouTube channel and then on Facebook at "K9kait" and "reporterkait" on Instagram and, of course, all of the station's social channels.

  • After 21 years with WXIA-TV/11Alive, and more than 26 years in television news overall, reporter Jennifer Leslie Boettcher today (Nov. 13th) announced her departure from the station.

  • In December, she’ll become the Director of Communications for the City of Dunwoody.

  • Jennifer joined 11Alive in 1988. Before that she worked at WPTV in West Palm Beach, WBIR in Knoxville, and KJAC in Port Arthur/Beaumont, TX. She’s won six Southern Regional Emmy Awards, been honored by the Tennessee AP Broadcasters Association and the Press Club of Southeast Texas.

  • A number of community organizations count her as a volunteer, including the Atlanta Food Bank, Action Ministries and Breakthru House. She is a member of Dunwoody United Methodist Church.

  • Congrats to reporter Ashley Johnson who was recently married!

  • 11 p.m. Anchor Vinnie Politan will be departing the station. No word yet on his next opportunity, but we wish him luck!

  • Is you missed the station's recent series on pregnancy, "Mothers Matter," check it out at Synopsis: Mothers are dying from childbirth. It’s getting worse in the United States while it gets better in other countries. The statistics are alarming, especially for black women. According to the Centers for Disease Control, black moms are three to four times more at risk of dying from pregnancy-related causes. For every 13 white women who die during pregnancy or within one year of giving birth, there are 44 black women.

News from the PR Dept

  • Anna Varela starts a new job at Georgia State as the Director of Communications and PR for the College of Arts and Sciences.


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