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Mitch's Media Musings - April 2019

Melissa Stern, CBS46

Mitch's Media Musings

March 16 - April 15, 2019


Appen Media - Daniel Milana is Appen's Director of Media Production and oversees a number of podcasts, covering business, politics, entertainment and more. Check them out at

Atlanta's Best Media - Laura Downey is now editing the various Best Media publications.

Atlanta Daybook - After almost 29 years, Atlanta Daybook announced it would be closing in late April. More details to come on this, but we're very sad to see an end to this great company that started as a fax service and evolved from there.

Atlanta Film Chat - We've added Chuck Thomas, host/producer, into the database.

Atlanta Voice - We've added Martel Sharpe to the database. He also writes for Rolling Out. - Former CBS46 reporter Hena Daniels is now Hena Doba is now reporting for

Clayton News-Daily - Robin Kemp joins as Crime & Safety Reporter.


  • Lauren Rudeseal joins from WXIA-TV as producer.

Cox Radio - Cox is exploring options a potential sale of all or some of its radio stations.

Dunwoody Crier - The Crier announced this week that it was shutting down its print edition. The web edition continues but they didn't seem optimistic about keeping that going either. More at This is unfortunately the latest in a string of closings of community papers. - We've added this outlet into our database. FanBolt features exclusive interviews, blogs, and editorials (written by fans) which are featured in our newsfeed. The site also contains large fan forums where fans can interact with one another and share in their fandoms.

Georgia Box Office - We've added this entertainment-focused online outlet to our database. Hosts of their show includes Sheena Wiley, John Crow (the lottery guy), and Rachel Bagley.

Oz Magazine - New email for story ideas: - We've added this online news source and editor Lauren Patrick to the Leff's Atlanta Media database.


  • Sascha Cordner joins as Morning Edition Producer/Reporter. She has more than 10 years of public radio experience, working at NPR member stations: WFSU-FM in Tallahassee and WUFT-FM in Gainesville.

  • Summer Evans joins as producer for City Lights.


  • Portia Bruner has been named as the anchor of the Noon News.

  • Photographer Blaze Meier moves to Fox News.

  • Emilie Ikeda joins as multimedia journalist.


  • Jamie Kennedy joins as Multi-Media Journalist.

  • Melissa Stern joins as General Assignment Reporter.

  • Paul Ossmann has been let go from the station.

  • Astrid Martinez is now also reporting on the Braves for CBS, Univision, and @losbravos.

WSB Radio


  • Correction: We reported that Steve Gehlbach had shifted from morning shift to dayside. This was not correct and we regret the error.


  • Congrats to Liza Lucas on her wedding!

  • Check out Joe Floccari's pieces on 11Alive's evening shows. He's producing stories around "unique Atlanta things."

  • Ashley Johnson departs. She'll be moving to Philadelphia.

News from the PR Dept.

  • The Everywhere Agency was named Agency of the Year by the American Marketing Association.

  • Congrats to the first recipients of PRSA Georgia's 40 Under 40 Awards! Link:

  • The Atlanta Regional Commission is hiring! They're looking for a Senior Communications Coordinator. Details:

  • PRSA's April Chapter Champion is Kristie Benson, Director of Communications for the High Museum of Atlanta.


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