The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the only major daily newspaper that serves the Atlanta metro area. I currently serve as a local news intern for the publication.

‘We’ve been neglected’: How entrepreneurs are revitalizing a historic neighborhood

Published on October 18, 2021

The historic Cascade Heights neighborhood is known as a home of Black excellence in Atlanta. However, some residents say the area has been “neglected,” and are determined to change that through starting businesses, organizing cleanups, and advocating with public officials

One Musicfest brings thousands to downtown Atlanta for H.E.R., Ari Lennox and more

Published on October 10, 2021

One Musicfest, a festival that began in 2010 to feature Black musical artists and culture, returned to Centennial Park after being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

As candidates push affordable housing plans, experts say they can’t stop Atlanta gentrification

Published on September 30, 2021

Atlanta mayoral candidates have pitched their plans to add affordable housing and mitigate gentrification in the city. But some voters and experts say they need to give the issue more attention, with many concerned that stalling gentrification and continuing development are not compatible.

EXCLUSIVE AJC POLL: Atlanta voters split on a ‘Buckhead City,’ not on crime

Published on September 20, 2021

A poll commissioned by the AJC showed that the majority of Atlantans do not want Buckhead to secede from the city, but a majority of Buckhead residents do, mainly due to concerns regarding crime.

Music Midtown’s return draws thousands of fans to see star performers

Published on September 19, 2021

This article recapped the Music Midtown festival for the AJC’s metro section of the print edition.

Rain didn’t deter Music Midtown fans Sunday at Piedmont Park

Published on September 18, 2021

Music Midtown returned to Piedmont Park after the festival was cancelled last year due to COVID-19 spread. This live-blog highlights several of Sunday’s festival performers.

Atlanta Mayor Bottoms says forested land only option for public safety training center

Published on September 9, 2021

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms held a press conference with police and fire officials praising the city council’s decision to approve a police and fire training facility.

Atlanta City Council passes police, fire training center proposal

Published on September 8, 2021

The Atlanta City Council voted 10-4 to lease 85 acres of city-owned land to the Atlanta Police Foundation for a new police and fire training facility.

17 hours of comments continue to play before tonight’s vote on Atlanta police training center

Published on September 7, 2021

Ahead of a vote on a proposed police and fire training facility that was previously tabled, residents submitted 17 hours of public comment that would be played over two days, delaying the vote once again.

Lenox Square in Buckhead to require youths be accompanied by adults

Published on September 8, 2021

Buckhead’s popular Lenox Mall announced it would require individuals under 18 to be accompanied by an adult after 3 p.m. every day beginning on September 21 in response to a surge of crimes committed in the area.

Officials tout Atlanta police, fire training center plan, face public’s questions ahead of key vote

Published on September 3, 2021

Atlanta city council members and police and fire department representatives held another public forum to garner feedback on a controversial proposed police and fire training facility.

Marjorie Taylor Greene builds national profile with Trump’s ‘America First’ message

Published on August 27, 2021

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s trips to Iowa, Alabama, and other states nationwide signaled that the congresswoman is building a national profile, despite Greene declining to say if she would seek higher office in coming years.

Gwinnett County to improve Thompson Mill Road, Peachtree Industrial Boulevard

Published on August 25, 2021

Gwinnett County awarded two road improvement projects to be done on major thoroughfares in the area.

In Iowa, Marjorie Taylor Greene tests her national appeal

Published on August 20, 2021

Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene visited Des Moines, Iowa to attend the Iowa State Fair, a popular spot for individuals seeking higher offices, and to hold a rally alongside Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz.

Atlanta City Council tables police and fire training center proposal

Published on August 16, 2021

The Atlanta City Council voted 8-7 to table a vote to approve leasing land for a proposed police and fire training center. Some council members said they wanted more time to get feedback from the community on the proposed site.

Proposal on police, fire training center passes to finance committee as opposition continues

Published on August 10, 2021

The City Council public safety committee voted 6-1 in favor of a proposal to lease land for a controversial police and fire training center. The plan’s passage follows continued opposition from some activists who held a town hall days prior to the vote.

Freshmen 2.0: Georgia colleges give sophomores overdue welcome to campus

Published on August 7, 2021

The first year of college is supposed to be one of the seminal moments in life. COVID-19 took that away from thousands of Georgia students last year. Colleges and sophomores shared their plans to adapt ahead of the 2021-22 school year.

Battle brews over land, plans for new Atlanta police and firefighter training center

Published on July 30, 2021

Over 300 acres of city-owned forest in DeKalb County had been abandoned for two decades. That area recently sparked controversy among a number of residents and activists upset over plans to build a police and fire training facility at the location.

Defund the police groups, Atlanta officials are still miles apart on policy

Published on July 30, 2021

Activist groups looking to defund police surged across the United States last summer in the wake of a number of Black individuals being killed by police. A year later, Atlanta officials have continued investment in police, prompting these activists to push for “people power” and new officials.

Across Atlanta, response is mixed to mayor’s order mandating masks again

Published on July 29, 2021

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms reissued a mask mandate for the city of Atlanta on July 26. Residents, business owners, and politicians had mixed reactions, from relief to worry, about its return.

New Atlanta Homeless Union highlights key issues for homeless community

Published on July 26, 2021

In the first few weeks of the Atlanta Homeless Union’s existence, they amassed a following in the thousands and partnered with dozens of organizations nationwide. Local groups wanted to use their emergence as an opportunity to highlight underfunding for homelessness in Atlanta.

Atlanta holds first public session for police, fire training facility

Published on July 17, 2021

The Atlanta Police Foundation and APD Urban hosted its first public input session for a proposed police and fire training facility in unincorporated DeKalb County that had received much pushback.

6 arrested as new group pushes city to address needs of Atlanta’s homeless population

Published on July 6, 2021

A new group, the Atlanta Homeless Union, formed on July 5 and protested on City Hall property to raise awareness for unhoused individuals’ needs. Six individuals were arrested.

Return of AJC Peachtree Road Race a turning point in wake of pandemic

Published on July 3, 2021

The return of the annual Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race marked a turning point for the pandemic, considering its virtual format for the first time last year. Thousands of runners, volunteers, and spectators came together to run in person, many unmasked and joyful.

AJC Peachtree Road Race participants blessed in annual tradition

Published on July 3, 2021

An annual tradition returned to the 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race, as the Rev. Sam Candler of the Cathedral of St. Philip blessed runners with holy water as they ran.

Fear, anxiety still linger for metro Atlanta Asian Americans

Published on July 1, 2021

While over three months have passed since six East Asian women were killed around Atlanta, Asian Americans said little changed since then. Many said their fear and exhaustion made them determined to protect themselves using means from increased vigilance to education efforts.

Hawks fans revel in Game 1 win of Eastern Conference Final, await Friday

Published on June 23, 2021

As the Atlanta Hawks entered their first Eastern Conference Finals in years, fans gathered at sports bars to cheer on their team and were thrilled with a close Game 1 win.

Council delays vote on new Atlanta police training center as opposition grows

Published on June 18, 2021

Atlanta city leaders delayed voting on a proposal to build a police training center at the old Atlanta prison farm in south Dekalb County. The hold followed extensive public backlash that involved nearly four hours of public comment and protests at a councilwoman’s home.

Divers find pipe bomb in the chattahoochee river

Published on June 17, 2021

Divers found pipe bombs in the Chattahoochee River for the second time in two weeks.