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Mitch's Media Musings - Dec. 2023

Mitch's Media Musings

Nov. 16 - Dec. 15, 2023

If you've been the Georgia Aquarium this week, you might have seen ScubaClaus! You can't hear him through that thick glass, but it's actually our long-timer traffic reproter, Art "Madman" Mehring.

John Weatherbee has died. Weatherbee was a radio and television meteorologist whose career included stops at WGCL TV (now WANF), WDUN Radio, WTOC TV (Savannah), and many more. He was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2014 and recently the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. More here.

AIB TV - Audrey Galex shares info on an interfaith "winter lights" arts event. A coalition of interfaith and community organizations has come together to offer “Interfaith Winter Lights” to uplift a message of peace at a time of ongoing crisis, not only in the Middle East, but throughout the world. The event is a collaboration of Interfaith Atlanta, Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Interfaith Community Initiatives, Compassionate Atlanta, Interfaith Children’s Movement, and Zeitgeist. “Winter Lights” took place Saturday, December 9th, 2023, 4P - 6P at Cannon Chapel at Emory University. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but suggested through the Facebook link,

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Samantha Hogan joins as an investigative reporter. She was most recently with The Maine Monitor, where she covered courts, law enforcement, and civil rights issues.

ATL Plus - We've added this publication to the database.

Cobb Business Journal - December 2023 marks the final print issue of the paper. It goes all digital starting in January. Editor remains John Gilloly.

Georgia Public Radio - Steven Fowler announces his departure at the end of the year. He'll move to NPR, still covering politics and based in Atlanta.

Marietta Daily Journal - We've added Jake Busch and Annie Mayne to the database. Both are general assignment writers.

Paste - Paste is going to bring back the shuttlered Jezebel, which closed down last month. More details here.

Rough Draft - Beth McKibben moves from Eater ATL to Rough Draft as Food and Dining Editor and Senior Editor.

Saporta Report - Allison Joyner joins covering education topics

WABE - Rose Scott has been named the 2023 Women of Influence Community Champion Award recipient by the nonprofit Usher's New Look. She'll be recognized at their 2023 Women of Influence Atlanta Holiday Tea.

WANF TV - We've added producer Jackie Gold to the database


  • Misty Turnbull promoted to VP of News for Cox Media Group

  • Former WSB reporter Amy Napier Viteri has joined NBC6 in Miami

  • Anchor Lori Wilson has received the 2023 Community Impact Award in Broadcast Journalism from the STEM Atlanta Womens Foundation

WXIA TV/11Alive

  • Paola Suro departs for a position with WFLA in Tampa. She'll anchor their newscasts – both in English and Spanish – through Noticias Tampa Hoy: Tampa’s newest home for Spanish language local news.

  • Gwynneth Shipley joins as a Multiplatform Producer

  • Added digtal producer Makayla Richards and producer Anna Keller who're working on a series called "Uncomfortable Conversations"

  • Lakia Starts joins as Senior Producer (mornings)

  • Dajhea Jones joins as Digital Content Producer

News from the PR Dept

  • Cheryl Mayerik was promoted to Deputy Chief External Affairs at the Atlanta Regional Commission

  • Congrats to Caren West PR on their 18th anniversary this month!

  • Denim Marketing has been named a 2023 Best of Georgia Regional winner in the Marketing Firm category by The Georgia Business Journal.



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