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Mitch's Media Musings - Jan 2021

Mitch's Media Musings

Dec. 16, 2020 - January 15, 2021


4 Questions Journalist Spotlight - Check out our latest spotlight with WSB TV's Nicole Carr. Coming this month: John Ruch of the Reporter Newspapers and Tom Spigolon with the Covington News.. Watch the video or audio options:

Atlanta Chinese News - We've deleted this publication from our Leff's Atlanta Media database. All efforts to find them or contact them have failed. If anyone knows differently, please let me know.

Georgia Association of Broadcasters - GAB announced its 2021 inductees for its Hall of Fame. They included Maria Boynton (Entercom Atlanta), Sanders Hickey (Golden Isles Broadcasting), Bill Nigut (GPB), Estelle Parsley (WRDW TV), and Tommy Palmer (Georgia High School Scoreboard Radio Show [in memorium]). More:

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Gracie Bonds Staples is retiring in January. I'm told the paper is looking for a new lifestyle columnist to replace her.

  • Amanda Coyne departs. She starts with the Georgia Municipal Association in early January.

  • Meris Lutz departs to do freelance writing.

Daily Report - Robin McDonald has retired from the paper. Robin's been covering Georgia's legal community for 20+ years and will be missed. if you're of a certain age, you might remember her work at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as well. In addition, she's the author of two true crime books: Black Widow: The True Story of the Hilley Poisonings and Secrets Never Lie: The Death of Sara Tokars. Here's a link to an article about her (but you might need a subscription to see it):

Georgia Public Radio

  • Congrats to Ellen Eldridge who was selected by the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) as part of the 2020 class of the National Cancer Reporting Fellowship. Twelve journalists were selected. They'll be learning from national experts about how to report accurately on complex scientific findings, learn more about cancer researchers and how to better localize cancer-related stories.

  • Jade Abdul-Malik departs. She's now an associate podcast producer for Spotify, working on Gimlet Media.

Georgia Recorder - Look for Stan Dunlap covering Georgia state government.

ProPublica - Mara Shalhoup departs Atlanta magazine for a position as South Editor for ProPublica. Mara's had a long journalist career with LA Weekly, Chicago Reader, and Creative Loafing.

Public Broadcasting Atlanta - Jennifer Dorian has been named President and CEO, replacing Wonya Lucas.

Reporter Newspapers - Keith Pepper is the new owner and publisher of the Reporter Newspapers Group.

WABE Radio

  • Jasmine Robinson joins as a staff reporter.

WAGA TV / Fox5

  • Richard Marlar has retired!

  • Former Fox5 and CBS46 reporter Cory McGinnis is now working with the ABC affiliate in Houston.

WAOK Radio - Derrick Boazman inducted into the National Black Radio Hall of Fame.


  • Reporter Astrid Martinez has departed the station. It appears she'll be reporting now from Philadelphia.

  • Alicia Roberts has departed the station. She's now with the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia.

  • Former CBS46 reporter Aiyana Cristal is now reporting for the Black News Channel.

  • Ciara Cummings joins the station as general assignment reporter from WRDW TV in Augusta.

  • Zac Summers joins as general assignment reporter from WDAF in Kansas City.

WXIA TV / 11Alive

  • Congrats to Natisha Lance. She won a Rice Award in the "Outstanding in Media." The RICE Awards are given to individuals who demonstrate keen awareness about community needs and step into the fray, lending a hand and making things better.

  • Melissa Nord joins as weekend meteorologist. She worked previously at WUSA TV (DC) and WLEX TV (Lexington, KY).

  • Meredith Sheldon joins as Social Content Producer. She worked previously at KUSA TV (Denver) and WUFT TV (Gainesville, FL).

  • Maria Martin has launched a new blog, "Married to the Game." Check it out at

  • The TEGNA Foundation, the charitable foundation sponsored by TEGNA Inc. and WXIA-TV, 11Alive TEGNA’s NBC affiliate in Atlanta, will award five area nonprofit organizations community grants. The community grants in Atlanta address pressing needs—including social justice, racial equity, and mental health—and aim to make a difference in communities in the region. Among the grant recipients are:

  1. National Center for Civil and Human Rights

  2. United Negro College Fund/UNCF

  3. Georgia Justice Project

  4. ACLU Foundation of Georgia Inc.

  5. Skyland Trail

News from the PR Dept

  • Elise Durham is the new Communications Director for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.



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