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Mitch's Media Musings - December 2019

Mitch's Media Musings

Nov. 16 - Dec. 15, 2019


We're feeling the loss this month of WSB Radio reporter Pete Combs. Combs died this month after a short battle with cancer. He was a great friend to so many, and loved by so many. We feel the pain of one taken far too soon. The family has requested that donations be made in Pete’s name to Lung Cancer Research Foundation at

Atlanta Business Chronicle

  • Dave Williams departs. He's setting up a Capitol News Bureau for the Georgia Press Association. I don't have a lot of details yet, but I expect he'll be up and running in January when the Legislative Session opens.

  • Amy Wenk will be departing the paper in December for a job with commercial real estate firm CBRE. Chris Fuhrmeister joins covering the restaurant and airport beats (credit to Talking Biz News for this item)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Morieka Johnson is now writing a pet column for the paper.

  • Shannon McCaffrey departs for a position with Emory University. She's the new Senior Director, Health Sciences Communications.

  • A few changes on the Commercial Real Estate and Development beat. Long-time writer Scott Trubey has joined the investigative unit and will continue to cover CRE and development stories. Trubey has been with the AJC since 2010, and worked before that at the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and the Augusta Chronicle. We learned as well that Andy Peters will join the paper in January, also writing on the CRE and development beat. Peters has spent the last eight years at American Banker and also worked at the Daily Report, the Macon Telegraph, Bloomberg News, the NY Times, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Scott says he and Andy will work together to cover the beat, but that he’ll be writing longer form stories, with Andy handling more of the daily coverage.

Engineering Georgia - Lisa Exley is now editor.

Hypepotamus - Associate Editor Muriel Vega departs. Mike Jordan takes on that role.

CNN International - Bill Dobilas moves back to CNN International as a producer. He was formerly with Court TV and has worked with HLN and Fox5 in Atlanta.

Georgia Press Association - Dave Williams joins from Atlanta Business Chronicle. We're told he'll be running a Capitol News Bureau.

Northeast Real Estate Business - Alex Patton is the new editor, replacing David Cohen.

Paste - Congrats to Paste as it opens its new Luckie Street studio. They held an open house on Nov. 20.

WABE Radio - Congrats to Lois Reitzes who marks 40 years with the station this month! Read:


  • Janice Yu joins as general assignment reporter and anchor. She comes to us from Tucson, AZ.

  • Will Nunley departs. He's now the Southeast Field Correspondent for Weathernation.

  • Janelle King joins "The Georgia Gang" as a Republican panel member.

WGCL TV/CBS46 - Carolyn Ryan continues as a freelance reporter. She's also doing a series called "Best of Georgia Roadtrips."

WSB TV - Jorge Estevez joins as general assignment reporter. He comes to us from WFTV in Orlando.


  • Chenue Her joins as general assignment reporter. He was previously working in Norfolk, Va.

  • Kaitlyn Ross was named "Employee of the Year"!

  • The station has added two more hours of news on its WATL affiliate, so they now have news from 8 - 11 p.m. weekdays.

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