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Mitch's Media Musings - March 2019

Mitch's Media Musings

March 2019


Writer Mickey Goodman has co-authored a new childrens' book, "The Mystery of the Lost Map," with Jim Rhoden, a Cobb County developer. It traces the adventures of two young cowboys who find old saddlebags filled with ancient gold coins and set out to solve the mystery. The book debuted at #1 in its category on

Associated Press - Former Atlanta AP newsman Peter Prengaman has been named to lead AP's West Region. He's been working in Rio for the last three years.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Seth Emerson departs for The Athletic

  • Raisa Habersham is now the paper's Atlanta hyperlocal reporter.

  • J.D. Capelouto is now the paper's DeKalb hyperlocal reporter.

  • Shaddi Abusaid joins the Breaking News team. He's been with the Marietta Daily Journal.

  • Stephen Deere is now covering Atlanta City Hall.

  • Asia Simone Burns joins the Breaking News team. She'd been with WABE radio.

Atlanta Music Grapevine - We've added this music-focused online pub to the database.

Champion - Taylor Robins joins as a staff writer focused on education.

Creative Loafing - Doug DeLoach is writing a new column for the Loaf called "Listening Post," focused on all kinds of music. Read more about it:

Eater Atlanta - Beth McKibben is now editor.

Eating with Erica - We've added this food blog into the Leff's Atlanta Media database.

Gainesville Times - Clark Leonard departs for a job at the University of North Georgia.

HLN - Some shifting at the former Headline News Channel. Lynn Smith anchors "On the Story," from Noon - 2 p.m., Mike Galanos anchors "True Crime Live" from 2 - 3 p.m., and Susan Hendricks moves to "Weekend Express."

Inside Gwinnett - Ray Cobb has sold the magazine. Demetrius Jordan is the new (interim) editor.

Marietta Daily Journal - Times-Journal Publishing and Southern Community papers (SCNI) are consolidating their copy and pagination desks. Times-Journal publications are the Marietta Daily Journal, Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News, Rome News-Tribune, Polk Standard Journal, Calhoun Times, Catoosa County News, Walker County Messenger and 14 Neighbor newspapers. SCNI publishes the Albany Herald, Gwinnett Daily Post, Rockdale Citizen, Newton Citizen, Henry Herald, Clayton News and Jackson Progress-Argus.

Neighbor Newspapers

Noreen Cochrane departs as editor of the South Fulton and Henry Neighbors. Christine Fonville moves into that position from DeKalb. DeKalb no longer has a dedicated editor, so info should go to their general DeKalb Neighbor email, which is going to be overseen by Rachel Kellogg.

Pulse magazine - The AJC is revamping Pulse magazine. Still focused on nursing issues. The print edition is done, but the magazine continues in digital form. The editor is Fiza Pirani. Details in the Leff's Atlanta Media database. Details:

(The) Scout Guide Atlanta - We've added this online pub to the Leff's Atlanta Media database.

WABE Radio -- Jim Burress has been having some health problems that have kept him off the air a bit recently. The AJC's Rodney Ho reports:


  • "Good Day Atlanta" show adds another hour from 10 - 11 a.m. It'll be hosted by Sharon Lawson, Katie Beasley and meteorologist Joanne Feldman. Details from the AJC's Rodney Ho:

  • Dick Williams retires as host of "The Georgia Gang." Lori Geary takes over that job. Some background from the AJC's Rodney Ho:


  • Wendy Halloran departs.

  • Karen Minton retires after 33 years with the station. In her honor, there will be no weather next week, just climate. Video:

  • Brian Monohan moves to the weekday morning weather position.

  • Maureen Sheeran joins as Investigative Producer.


  • A great story about 11Alive alum Julie Wolfe from the Voice Tribune in Louisville, KY

  • Reporter Elwyn Lopez moves to the 11 p.m. news team.

  • Executive Producer Erin Peterson has been selected by Poynter for their "Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media" program.

News from the PR Dept.

  • PRSA Georgia's Chapter Champion for January was Mandy Wilson, Director of Communications at Georgia Public Broadcasting.

  • On March 21, Everywhere Agency CEO Danica Kombol will receive the Marketer of the Year award from the AMA Atlanta (American Marketing Association, Atlanta Chapter).

  • Mix247 EDM talks with Caren West of Caren West PR:


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