Mitch's Media Musings May 2021
Mitch's Media Musings
April 16 - May 15, 2021
Chuck Dowdle has stepped down as sideline reporter for UGA football.
4 Questions Journalist Spotlight - Check out our latest interviews! You can watch in video format or listen to audio: https://www.leffsatlantamedia.com/q4-journalists. You can also find our podcasts on just about any podcast platform (Apple, Amazon, Spotify, iHeartRadio, etc.).
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Doug Sams promoted to Senior Editor/News.
Eric Mandel is now Senior Editor/Digital.
Jessica Saunders is now Senior Editor/Print.
Donnell Suggs starts in May covering Commercial Real Estate.
Leroy Chapman promoted to Managing Editor
Check out this piece written by Joshua Sharpe for The Atlantic, "We Should All Be More Afraid of Driving." Sharpe was also nominated this month for his story, “The Imperfect Alibi: The forgotten suspect, the DNA and the church murders that haunted a detective.”
The AJC is adding two "Report for America" staffers to cover immigrant issues. The two journalists, Paradise Afshar and Lautaro Grinspan, join the paper in June. Details here.
Daily Report - The paper is looking for a writer to cover the business of law
Decaturish - The site has hired its first full-time reporter, Zoe Seiler! Details: https://tinyurl.com/yhj5knyn.
Georgia Public Broadcasting - Amanda Andrews joins as a general assignment reporter. She'll also be contributing to GPB's GA today newsletter.
Georgia State University magazine - Check out this profile of former AJC and WSJ writer Doug Blackmon. Link: https://news.gsu.edu/magazine/crusader-by-another-name+?fbclid=IwAR2Gw7xtrs_itBUwA5kyhPPVdIbSJcY9-1_rX611G8qNZ3RhJ0ogRNf0zlg.
NexStar - Look for reporter Archith Seshadri in WandaVision!
NewsNation - This national cable news network has opened an Atlanta bureau. Janel Forte is the bureau reporter. Details: https://www.nexstar.tv/newsnation-expands-with-atlanta-bureau-names-janel-forte-new-correspondent/?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co.
Katie Beasley is leaving the station after eight years. Rodney Ho writes about it here. Her last day at the station is June 4.
Brooke Zauner is moving to a position as morning reporter for Good Day Atlanta.
CBS46 was one of 17 television stations acquired this month by Gray Television. The deal also includes Peachtree TV. Gray bought the stations from Meredith Corp, which has owned CBS46 for many years. More details here. Gray now owns 101 television outlets serving 113 markets, reaching 36 percent of U.S. TV households.
Mary Eliza Smith joins as a general assignment reporter. She comes most recently from Columbus, OH, where she worked for Sinclair Broadcasting. Oh, and she goes by "Mary."
WSB Radio - Congrats to producer Jared Yamamoto, producer of The Von Haessler Doctrine, on his recent engagement!
Anchor Jovita Moore is recovering from a little bit of brain surgery this month. Doctors say the surgery went well and she is recovering at home.
Lori Wilson shifts to a morning anchor role.
Linda Stouffer shifts off the morning anchor desk to a reporting role for shows later in the day.
News from the PR Dept
Melanie Buckmaster has joined the Goizueta Business School as Director of Communications.
Mary Newton departs AG Rhodes. She's started her own agency, M. Newton Communications. Check her out at www.mnewtoncommunications.com.
Dr. Sherna Phillips joins the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta as VP of Marketing & Communications. She joins from Atlanta Public Schools where she was Communications and Public Engagement Officer.