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Mitch's Media Musings - Nov. 2020

Mitch's Media Musings

Oct. 16 - Nov. 15, 2020


4 Questions Journalist Spotlight - Check out our latest spotlights with Bill Crane (WSB TV, WSB Radio, 40 columns statewide) and Josh Jackson (Paste magazine).

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Former reporter Raisa Habersham has taken a position as Watchdog Reporter with the Savannah Morning News.

Atlanta Press Club - Tune in to Georgia Public Broadcasting television ( on November 19, 7 p.m. for a special 10th anniversary broadcast of The Atlanta Press Club 2020 Hall of Fame Celebration. 2020 Hall of Fame Honorees include Boyd Lewis, Lee May, Pat Mitchell and Bill Rankin. Registration Link:

Atlanta Real Estate Forum - Congrats to AREF as they mark ten years on the air. They're looking for guest submissions. Details at

Gabby Awards - Congrats to the winners of the 2020 Georgia Association of Broadcasters awards! Details at

Clayton Crescent - Publisher and editor Robin Kemp has has a busy few weeks as she's covered the election results in Clayton County. She's also been featured in local, national and international media about her work, including the Washington Post (, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and a radio station in the UK.

CNN - Nicquel Ellis joins as a Senior Writer on their Race & Equality team. She was formerly with USA Today in Atlanta.


  • I meant to include this item in my October Mitch's Media Musings newsletter, but it got lost in the shuffle. GPB has unveiled the newest addition to GPB Podcasts. It’s called “Battleground: Ballot Box.” It focuses on voting rights in Georgia. "On each episode of “Battleground: Ballot Box,” GPB political reporter Stephen Fowler walks through the ins and outs of how voting works in Georgia, highlighting the good, the bad and the complicated." New episodes will be released Tuesdays and Saturdays. You can access the podcast at, or anywhere you get podcasts. The team: host Stephen Fowler, editor Wayne Drash, engineer Jesse Nighswonger, and social media producer Autumn Rose.

Southbound - Congrats to Alison Entrekin, whose feature on took home 1st place in the Food & Travel category at the 2020 SATW Eastern Chapter Media Contest.

WBIN - Anchor Mike "Devin" Dunston, who also reported for CBS46, is moving to Charlotte to anchor for Spectrum News 1.

WXIA (11Alive)

  • The station created a series called "The Ripple," looking at the many ways the pandemic has taken a toll on overlooked and underserved communities across Georgia. It's hosted by Matt Pearl.

News from the PR Dept.

  • Congrats to the winners of the 2020 PRSA Georgia Phoenix Awards! The event was held virtually on Nov. 10.

  • Ana Toro, Public Affairs Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was inducted into the Order of the Phoenix/Georgia PRSA Hall of Fame

  • This year’s PRSA Chapter Award winners, included Distinguished Public Relations Award - Carlos del Rio, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, and Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Emory University; Luminary Star Award - Deisha Barnett, Chief of Brand and Communications Officer and Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Metro Chamber of Commerce; Shining Star Award - Lauren Powers, Senior Marketing Manager, Emory University School of Medicine; Rising Star Award - Trey Newstedt, Manager, Enterprise PR, IHG; and George Goodwin Award winner Angie Champsaur, APR, Director of Corporate Communications, Focus Brands.

  • Dave Poston named Public Relations Professional of the Year by National PRSA.

  • Carol Morgan, President at Denim Marketing, was featured in the NYT this month in a story about how she named her house "Thistledown." She and her beautiful dogs were featured. But apparently, the donkey is upset at getting cut out of the story. Denim also recently won six OBIE awards for public relations, social media, and marketing work.

  • Several Georgia PR agencies are featured in Forbes Best PR Agencies, including 360 Media, Brave PR, Cookerly, Jackson Spalding, and the Nebo Agency.



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