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Mitch's Media Musings - May 2024

Mitch's Media Musings

April 16 - May 15, 2024


  • Mediterranean Diet Month: SabaRaba's offers an authentic and innovative selection of Mediterranean dishes like falafel, shawarma, sabich and salads for lunch and dinner, perfect for celebrating Mediterranean Diet Month in May. Owner Udi Hershkovitz can speak to his commitment to quality ingredients and his dedication to promoting a healthy lifestyle through Mediterranean food. (Contact: Gretchen Howard,

  • Memorial Day and National Hamburger Month: As executive chef and co-owner, John C. Metz of Marlow's Tavern can speak to the restaurant's variety of tavern burgers and why the hamburger is such a great way to kick off summer and Memorial Day. With four distinct burgers on the current menu (classic tavern burger, very veggie burger, black and blue burger and brelicious burger), Metz can share tips on how to create the best burgers at home and where to find the best burgers across metro Atlanta. 


Jennifer Zyman is now Commerce Testing Editor at Food & Wine

Associated Press

  • Alex Sanz departs for the AJC

  • Congrats to correspondent Jeff Amy, who was awarded the world's largest power strip by Georgia Public Broadcastings' Kevin Gerke in recognition of his work covering the Atlanta Press Club debates this year

Atlanta Press Club

  • The APC Spring Member Mixer will be May 20 at Flight Club (5:30 - 7:30 p.m.), 1055 Howell Mill Road

  • Congrats to all the winners at the APC's Awards of Excellence event! Link to winners. Make sure you watch the videos from the APC's recent debate series before you case your primary vote. Link to videos.

Atlanta magazine - Lia Picard writes this month about how farmer Ashley Rodgers turned to pig farming! Read the full article here.

Atlanta Business Chronicle

  • Big format changes at the paper this month. Lists have changed, changes in how public records are noted, most of their traditional columns are gone, more reporters covering commercial and residential real estate, and of emerging technologies like clean energy. Civic Atlanta column stays. Click here for all the details.

  • Tyler Wilkins writes this month about E-bike voucher programs (love our e-bikes!), Amy Wenk on the new Cosm venture, and Anila Yoganathan on a new company getting backing from Mark Cuban.

  • Chris Fuhrmeister is now the paper's Digital Editor

  • Savannah Sicurrella departs for a job at the AJC

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Congrats to Mike Jordan, who's a finalist for the second year in a row for a James Beard award. Learn all about Mike in a new "4 Questions Journalist Spotlight" podcast episode this month.

  • We've added local news reporter Jillian Price to our database

  • Savannah Sicurella joins as a reporter covering the business of entertainment

  • We ran into Food & Dining Editor Ligaya Figueras at the recent Atlanta Wing Fest event at Uptown Atlanta. She was in charge of tasting all the wings and picking a winner!

  • Alex Sanz joins (from the AP) as Deputy Managing Editor for Politics

Dunwoody Reporter (a Rough Draft paper) - Got Dunwoody news? Call Cathy Cobbs!

Dunwoody Crier (an Appen Media paper) - Got Dunwoody news? Call Hayden Sumlin

Georgia Asian Times - Yom Razak, the co-founder and former Vice President of GAT, died this month. In a Facebook post, GAT said "She had been hospitalized with a long illness. Originally from Malaysia, she co-founded Georgia Asian Times with Publisher Li Wong in 2004. In the early days, GAT was a weekly print publication featuring local AAPI news, community celebrations, horoscopes, and various local content. Yom was instrumental in the marketing growth of the publication."

Korea Daily Atlanta - We've added the Atlanta office of this national publication into our Leff's Atlanta Media database

NewsNation - Gary Freedman moves from Scripps to NewsNation as a Booking Producer

Propublica - Nicole Carr departs

WABE - Check out the new "Plugged In" podcast covering Georgia politics, hosted by political reporter Sam Gringlas and Rahul Bali


  • Congrats to Alyse Eady on the birth of her son! In May, she was also inducted into Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Alumni Hall of Fame.

  • Paul Milliken was selected by Georgia's Own Credit to be one of their "Georgia's Own 90," honoring Georgians who make an impact. His picture was on top of building on 5/1!

WDUN Radio - The staff cut the ribbon on a new broadcast home recently as they moved into new studios in the Gainesville Renaissance building


  • Larry Spruill departs

  • Alison Mastrangelo got to play at Augusta the day after the Masters


  • Tracey Amick Peer departs

  • Weekday Noon News moves to 11 a.m.

  • Atlanta & Company moves to noon

  • Former reporter and anchor Natisha Lance is now with WBTV TV in Charlotte

News from the PR Dept.

  • The Grunduski Group Agency was selected for the 6th Year in a Row as Best of Gwinnett in the Marketing & Creative Services Category for 2023

  • Brittany Smith is PRSA Georgia's May Chapter Champion

  • Nancy Zintak joins Central Atlanta Progress as Vice President, Communications & Engagement. You may know her from past positions with WGST Radio, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and Georgia Public Broadcasting.



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