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Mitch's Media Musings March 2024

Mitch's Media Musings

Feb. 16 - March 15, 2024

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Atlanta magazine - The magazine has launched Ridge, a custom publication focused on Blue Ridge

Atlanta Business Chronicle

  • Associate Editor Melanie Levs departs for a position as Director of Publications for Professional Photographers of America (PPA)

  • Anila Yoganathan joins as a staff writer covering fintech and technology topics

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Christopher Daniel joins as Black Culture Reporter

  • Legislative reporter Maya Prabhu is out with her annual "Best Dress Georgia Lawmakers" list. Click here for the details. This year, she's added the the Fan Favorite Best-Dressed* Bracket Battle Royale. Click here to vote.

  • For sports writer Chris Mortensen has died. Mortensen worked the AJC from 1983-90. He covered the Braves (1983-85), the Falcons (1985-86) and the NFL (1987-89). More here.

  • Reed Williams joins as an Enterprise Reporter and an Assistant Editor, Local Government. Before Atlanta, he was a senior editor at The Baltimore Sun leading its criminal justice team.

  • Washington reporter Tia Mitchell has been elected the 536th member of the Gridiron Club, the oldest association of DC journalists.

  • Scott Trubey and his team, Dan Klepal, Mike Esterl, Brian Eason, Zachary Hansen, Michael Kanell, John Perry, Charles Minshew, and Shawn McIntosh, won a SABEW Best in Business award for data journalism for their series "American Dream for Rent."

  • Former AJC staffer Monica Richardson is now Senior Vice President at USA Today

Fulton Neighbor - Check out this new publication. Details here. Rachel Kellogg is the bureau chief. According to the story about the launch, the paper "will publish every Wednesday, promises to contribute to the diverse tapestry of Fulton County’s news. In addition to covering local news, high school sports and entertainment opportunities, The Fulton County Neighbor will carry all public notices and legal advertising for the county."

Georgia Public Broadcasting

  • Pamela Kirkland joins as host of GPB News' Morning Edition. She was previously a field producer for CNN and with PBS Newshour. She's also worked at the Washington Post and SiriusXM Radio. Listen for her weekday mornings with newscaster Devon Zwald.

  • Ambra Burton joins as Digital News Producer

Little Five Points Daily News - We've added this pub to the Leff's Atlanta Media database. You can find it throughout L5P and the Beltline. They're print only, so you're not going to find them online.

Newton County Journal - Coming soon!

Rough Draft - They've added a new newsletter called Y'alla focused on news for Atlanta's Jewish community

Scripps News

  • National Correspondent Matt Pearl has received first-place honors in two categories in this year's NPPA Best of Photojournalism video awards.

  • Booker/producer/writer Janet Dekle departs. From NoonDay on WXIA to Scripps, Janet's been a friend and colleague through the years and we wish her the best in whatever she does next!

South Fulton Neighbor - CORRECTION - The South Fulton Neighbor is new legal organ for Fulton County, not the Marietta Daily Journal

WABE Radio adds several new podcasts. More details. Find all their podcasts here.

  • SAVORY STORIES  (Wednesdays, starting Feb. 14)

  • WHAT’S GOOD, ATLANTA? (Fridays, starting Feb. 16)

  • THE PODCAST WHERE THEY READ STORIES (Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Feb. 20)

  • SOCIAL IMPACT LEADER (Wednesdays, starting Feb. 28)

  • March 5, Chef Max Hines (Breaker Breaker, The Lawrence, Stolen Goods) has open and honest conversations about what it’s like to work as a chef in Atlanta and how values and culture show up in the food and beverage industry here, from urban farmers to artisans.

  • Wake Up and Create, WABE Studio’s partnership with CreativeMornings Atlanta, returns on March 18

WABE Radio

  • We've added Digital Editor Kenny Murry to the Leff's Atlanta Media database

What Now Atlanta - We've added Editor/Reporter Libby Allnatt to the Leff's Atlanta Media database


  • Sudu Upadhyay joins as sports anchor

WANF TV/Atlanta News First

  • The station has shortened its morning show by 30 minutes. It now ends at 9:30 a.m. From 9:30 - 10 a.m. a new show, ATL Live, has launched. It's feature focused and I'm told part pay to play, but not entirely. Senior producer is Ashley Tillery and Executive Producer is Kelly Corder. Hosts are Becky Sattero (joins from WTOC/Savannah) and Jobina Fortson-Evans (joins from ABC7 in San Francisco).

  • Rachel Polansky departs for a morning anchor position with NewsChannel9 in Syracuse, NY

  • Lauren Sennett departs the Assignment Desk

WCLK Radio marks 50 years on the air. The AJC's Leon Stafford, who was at the paper when the station launched, writes about the anniversary.

WSB Radio - Matt McClure departs for a position as Manager of Media Hosting and Production at AmeriLife


  • Jon Shirek retires after 43 years with the station.

  • Nick Wooten departs for a job at the Dallas Morning News where he'll be covering real estate and the issues of growth and affordability in Dallas-Fort Worth

  • Producer Tiffany Pittman moves from news over to the Atlanta & Company show

  • Angelina Salcedo will start on April 29 as a Multi-Skilled Journalist. She comes from WTSP in Tampa where she was a weekend morning anchor and evening reporter. She also worked in Des Moines, IA. Salcedo grew up in Boston and comes from a journalism family: her father is an anchor for Encuentro Latino, her mother anchored for 20 years at WBZ TV, and her brother is a sports reporter at WCVB TV.

  • Anna Keller departs for a position as Communications Manager at The Lovett School

News from the PR Dept

  • Condolences to our friend Leslie Germaine on the passing of her father, David Harris. Harris was the first Black pilot to fly for a major American airline and the first Black commercial pilot to become a caption. Learn more about his by watching this story from Atlanta News First's Adam Murphy



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