Mitch's Media Musings May 2023
Mitch's Media Musings
April 16 - May 15, 2023
The City of Roswell has launched a new event website, Roswell365.
Atlanta Business Chronicle - Rebecca Grapevine joins as a staff writer covering various topics including healthcare.
Lynne Anderson joins as Weekend Editor
Chad Bishop joins the sports department covering Georgia Tech
CNN - Chandelis Duster joins as Race & Equality reporter
Daily Report - Tom Spigolon joins as Business of Law reporter
Georgia Public Broadcasting - Teya Ryan departs May 15.
Covington News - Tom Spigolon departs for position with ALM
Neighbor Newspapers - Elizabeth Clay departs for a position with the Southern Regional Education Board. She'll be their Senior Editor.
Poet and writer Teri Elam will be writing a monthly column called "Take 5 with ..."
Mara Davis will begin writing a weekly podcast column
Several new staffers at WABE (link)
To lead the original development content team, Alison Hashimoto has been tapped as Vice President of WABE Studios. In this new position, she will develop a slate that includes multi-part series, full-length features, and short-form digital videos.
Scotty Crowe has joined as Senior Director of Podcasting, where he will lead strategy and development for all podcast content
Victoria Bostic as Short-Form Video Editor
Tori Druilhet as Senior Station Coordinator
Sawyer Vanderwerff as Operations Coordinator
Marlon Hyde as Business Reporter. He comes from Vermont Public Radio.
Claire Simms departs. No details yet on what she'll be doing next.
Anchor Portia Bruner is featured in recent issue of Rolling Out. Here's a link: https://rollingout.com/2023/05/04/portia-bruner-communication-compassion/
WANF/Atlanta News First
Joy Lim Nakrin has been named co-anchor of the Noon news, working with Rob Hughes
Amanda Rose joins as general assignment reporter
Asia Wilson joins as general assignment reporter
Joshua Skinner joins as a multimedia journalist
Savannah Louie is off the weekends and working a Monday - Friday schedule
Major changes to the lineup. Link to details. Chris Chandler takes over as host of the morning show. Mark Arum moves his show to the 9 a.m. - Noon slot, switching with Von Haessler Doctrine, which moves to the afternoon slot.
Morning anchor Marcy Williams has retired after 31 years at the station. WSB seems to be searching for Marcy's replacement. Any votes for Art "Madman" Mehring?
WUPA - The station will be dropping its CW affiliation this fall. What does that mean? Well, the easiest thing is to let Rodney Ho at the AJC explain it! Read this link.
Kristin Crowley departs for a national correspondent position based out of Kansas City working with Gray TV. They're launching a national, daily news magazine program called InvestigateTV+.
Dawn White moves off weekend reporting duty to a M-F shift
Tresia Bowles is now working the weekend nightside shift
Erica Murphy is now working the weekend morning/dayside shift
Savannah Levins moves to an investigative/special projects reporter. She'll also be anchoring the 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows on Thursdays and 7 p.m. on Fridays.
News from the PR Dept.
Lenz Inc. has a new owner. MIke Killeen, former vice president and minority owner has purchased the agency from founder and president/CEO Richard Lenz and former vice president John Lenz.
PRSA Georgia - It's time to start working on those Phoenix Award entries! Here's the link: https://www.prsageorgia.org/phoenix-awards/
Theodora Traffanstedt is PRSA Georgia's May Chapter Champion, in recognition of her positive impact on the Annual Conference updating the look of the digital program. Theodora is an assistant digital manager for The Wilbert Group.