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Mitch's Media Musings - Dec. 2020

Mitch's Media Musings

Nov. 16 - Dec. 15, 2020


Atlanta Press Club

  • Congrats to the APC for conducting the Dec. 6 debates for Georgia's Senate runoffs. Georgia was on the world stage on Sunday, with more than 80 journalists from around the world credentialed and on-site. That doesn't include all the networks (NBC, CSPAN, FoxNews, GPB, WSB Radio, etc.) that streamed the debates live.

  • Oconee Radio Network's Rahul Bali has been named co-chair of the APC's Debate Committee, serving with Maria Saporta.

4 Questions Journalist Spotlight - Check out our latest spotlights with Equally Wed's Kirsten Palladino (right) and Atlanta Intown's Collin Kelley. Coming next week: WSB TV's Nicole Carr and then an interview with John Ruch of the Reporter Newspapers. Watch the video or audio options:

Athens Banner-Herald - Long-time reporter Lee Shearer retired Dec. 1. Lee has worked at the paper since 1993.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Will Noble joins the paper covering DeKalb County Schools.

  • Alia Malik joins the paper covering Gwinnett County Schools.

  • Political columnist Jim Galloway will be retiring after the January runoff elections. He talks about it with NPR:

  • The paper has launched AJC Senate Watch "a new feature to help readers sort through claims being made by candidates in the Senate runoff election in Georgia on Jan. 5." If there's a campaign claim to be checked, email Reporter Henri Hollis is going a lot of the work on that.

  • The paper's senior managing editor Monica Richardson has been named executive editor of the Miami Herald, the paper's first Black executive in its 117-year history. She joins the Miami Herald on Jan. 1. More:

Reporter Newspapers - The Reporter papers have a new owner! Keith Pepper, an Atlanta native who grew up in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, purchased the company this month from founder Steve Levene. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Details:


  • Richard Marlar will be retiring at the end of the year. He's been with the station since 1994, working the assignment desk. He jokes that got to the station just as anchor John Marler was leaving. "There was always confusion in our last names. After he left I started getting all his party invites." He looks forward to a bit more hot air ballooning is in his future, plus he gets to spend more holidays with his wife!

  • Rob DeRienzo joins as a general assignment reporter. He's worked previously at Fox News in Boston, PBS in PA, Fox29 in Philadelphia, and WNBC in NYC.


  • Congrats to reporter Iyani Hughes on the birth of a baby boy this month!

  • Sabrina Silva joins as general assignment reporter. She's worked previously in California, Pennsylvania, and and Louisiana.


  • Reporter Lauren Pozen departs.

WSB Radio

Wussy - Editor in Chief Jon Dean has been appointed to the LGBTQ Advisory Board of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Jon says "On this board, I will work alongside other LGBTQ leaders, and City of Atlanta staff to move LGBTQ equality forward in Atlanta." More info:

WXIA / 11Alive

  • Joe Ripley joins as general assignment reporter. He was most recently at WYFF in North Carolina. Before that he was with WRBL in Columbus, Ga.

  • The 11Alive Can-A-Thon raised $49,273 and collected 79,765 canned goods.

News from the PR Dept.

  • Danica Kombol reports that she has sold the Everywhere Agency to MWWPR. Details:

  • This month, Marilyn Pearlman, president and CEO of Atlanta Cause Marketing & PR, received the prestigious “President’s Award” from Scott Rogers, president of the Atlanta Lions Club, founded 100 years ago and the oldest in Georgia. She was recognized for her assistance in programming and publicity.


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