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Mitch's Media Musings - February 2023

Mitch's Media Musings

January 16 - February 15, 2023


The Georgia Center for the Book has just named Dan Chapman's book "A Road Running Southward" to the list of “Books All Georgians Should Read” for 2023. More at this link.

Atlanta Press Club

  • Deadlines are coming for the Awards of Excellence and for the 2023 summer internship program. More info at

  • The APC is pleased to announce the appointment of Keith Pepper as Chairperson of the Board of Directors and Jewel Wicker as Treasurer for the 2023-2024 term. Pepper is the publisher of Rough Draft Atlanta and previously served as Treasurer of the club in 2021 and 2022. A native Atlantan, he has deep roots in the Atlanta community and a 20+ year career working at local and global media organizations. Pepper acquired the company, previously known as Springs Publishing, in December 2020. Wicker, a freelance journalist, has served on the APC Board of Directors and Executive Committee since 2016 and is currently Co-Chair of the Internship Committee. An award-winning freelance reporter, she has experience creating written and on-air content for digital platforms. Her written work includes a broad range of entertainment-based reporting to more in-depth reporting that focuses on cultural and industry trends.

Appen Media

  • Alex Popp moves over to the Dunwoody Crier and the Sandy Springs Crier

  • Shelby Israel joins the papers, writing for the Forsyth Herald and the Alpharetta Roswell Herald

  • Mike Tasos joins as a columnist. He'll be a general column writer, so expect topics to vary! More.

Atlanta Business Chronicle

  • Amy Wenk returns to a reporting role at the paper

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Andrew Morse joins as publisher

  • Riley Bunch has joined as a reporter on the local government team at covering Atlanta City Hall. She writes about the city’s diverse neighborhoods and people while also keeping an eye on the Atlanta City Council and the legislation and policies that affect everyday folk.

Atlanta magazine

  • The magazine has a new column - ARTlanta - focused on the arts. It's being written by Kelundra Smith. She says the column will "highlight artists, discuss trends, and list can't-miss events." Here's a link to her first column.

Covington News - Check out their new sports podcast! Check with sports editor Phil Hubbard for details.

Daily Report

  • Jacob Polacheck departs


  • Decaturish is interested in working with additional freelance writers. They say they generally pay $100 to $150 per assignment. If you know someone who wants to write for them, particularly someone with a background in news writing, email

Gainesville Times - Donnell Suggs adds the Gainesville Times (writing for the Life section) to his reporting duties. He's still editing The Atlanta Voice, but no longer writing for the Reporter newspapers.

Georgia News Network - Mark Woolsey is no longer working on the weekend shift. But he is some freelance work here and there.

Semafor - Check out our "4 Questions Journalist Spotlight" with Atlanta reporter JD Capelouto.

Vox - VOX ATL is seeking new volunteers to be story coaches and guides on the side working with their teen reporters for the spring semester. Please reach out to Richard Eldredge for more details.

WABE Radio

  • Check out our "4 Questions Journalist Spotlight" with political reporter Rahul Bali

  • The official announcement of Susanna Capelouto's move to NPR.

WAGA TV/Fox5 - Medical reporter Beth Galvin updates us on reporter Aungelique Proctor, who's back on the air 16 months after a cancer diagnosis. Details here. We're glad to see she's doing better!


  • Patrick Pete joins as meteorologist working the evening news shows. He's most recently from Baltimore.

  • Joy Lim Nakrin starts this month as an anchor and general assignment reporter. She comes most recently from Court TV, where she’s reported for the last three years. Her work also includes stints at NBC Boston, Fox 25 Boston, KSTP Minneapolis, Fox Connecticut, and ESPN. If that’s not enough, she also has a legal degree from Duke and she’s a licensed attorney. Her family also owns and operates Joyous Acres, a horse and animal rescue farm in Milton.

WSB Radio

  • Scott Slade's last day as host of the morning show will be Feb. 3. But he says he'll be doing something else at the station, just not so early in the morning.


  • Dave Huddleston departs for a position with Lexicon Strategies

  • Wendy Corona marks ten years at the station


  • Kaitlyn Ross promoted to Lead Enterprise Reporter. Learn more about her new role in our latest "4 Questions Journalist Spotlight"!

  • Tresia Bowles joins as a general assignment MMJ

  • Erica Murphy will start in March as a general assignment MMJ. She's currently in Lansing, MI, so her 11Alive email isn't working yet!

News from the PR Dept

  • Leff & Associates adds a couple of new clients: Joyous Acres, a horse rescue farm in Milton, a project for the United Nations Development Program in Nigeria, and the DeKalb Vein Center.

  • Congrats to Brave PR's Kristin Cowart; Genna Keller and Dean Trevelino from Trevelino/Keller, Liz Lapidus from Lapidus PR, Caroline Wilbert from the Wilbert Group, and Carolyn Sloss from Allied Integrated Marketing. They were named in Atlanta magazine's 500 Most Powerful Leaders in Atlanta.

  • Denise Ward is PRSA Georgia's Chapter Champion for February. Details.



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