Jeff Dickerson takes leave as Georgia Gang commentator

By Maria Saporta

Long time Atlanta observer Jeff Dickerson is taking a leave from the popular weekly television show — the Georgia Gang.

Dickerson, who has been on Fox Five’s Georgia Gang for more than two decades, taped his last show 10 days ago. The official word is that he’s taking a leave of absence. But it is an open question about when or if he’ll be back on the show.

Dickerson had been an editorial writer and journalist with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution until 11 years ago when entered the public affairs world and founded his own crisis communications business.

He continued to dabble in journalism, writing columns in the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Atlanta Tribune as well as providing commentary on the Georgia Gang.

But often he would find that his clients were in the middle of a news firestorm. His clients have included MARTA, the Atlanta Botanical Garden during its push to build a new park garage in Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Public Schools, the DeKalb County Schools and a host of others who needed strategic advice on how to handle dicey situations.

When the Georgia Gang would be broadcast Sunday mornings at 8:30 on WAGA, Dickerson often had to recuse himself from the conversation or preface his comments with a disclaimer that so-and-so was a client.

“With my work with the Atlanta Public Schools, the Atlanta Education Fund, DeKalb County schools and other clients, the conflicts just became untenable for me,” Dickerson told me Tuesday morning. “At this point I’m not sure if or when I’ll be coming back.”

The Georgia Gang was Dickerson’s last link to his journalistic past. He already had given up his ABC and Atlanta Tribune columns.

“It feels good,” Dickerson said about being totally out of the journalism world.

But Dickerson’s departure from the Georgia Gang is a major loss for the show, which is hosted by conservative pundit Dick Williams, editor of the Dunwoody Crier. The other regular panelists are Phil Kent, a public relations executive and Republican operative, and Alexis Scott, publisher of the Atlanta Daily World and the ultra liberal voice on the Georgia Gang.

Dickerson, who sat in between Kent and Scott, often took a moderate tone — sometimes agreeing with those on his right or Scott on his left. Dickerson also provided a insiders look on what was really going on behind the scenes, not only in Atlanta and DeKalb but throughout the region and the state.

He will be missed.

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28 comments
Kk blowin
Kk blowin

I know one of his sons and apparently he was a total dick to his whole family.

Jaime
Jaime

Good riddance! I'm tired of hearing that Beverly Hall only the the interest of children in mind when she demanded her schools cheat. I'm also tired of hearing that the privatization of MARTA was a horrible step...we should have let it go on with mismanagement and corruption. Also, I'm tired of hearing that Burrell Ellis has his civil rights trampled on because he is being investigated and charged with corruption. Blah, blah blah Jeff. Oh and I'm tired of him insisting on making his point without interruption when all he does is interrupt Dick and Phil. I'm glad to see him go. Good luck helping all the criminals make their crimes seem less than they are.

sgarvin
sgarvin

I am sad to see Jeff Dickerson missing this morning!

But I do understand. Business comes before the ridiculous chatter. I have never taken the time to write any news media, however the sad and ignorant comment made by the host Dick Williams is the reason why Romney lost. It is the reason why republicans will never be back in power in the same way as in the years of Reagan. I am a single mother that pays huge individual taxes, payroll taxes and business payroll taxes! I have 80+ employees and am highly offended by your statements.I am sure there are 1000's of us out here! Single Mothers, Making it happen in this state! I am a MAKER and I see you as a TAKER. How many jobs have you created lately! My company has put over 5000 ppl to work in the last 7 years! The economy is moving... it is sad day when you learn or hear how someone you thought was really a whole community intellect and you realize he is nothing more than a voice for underachieveing white males. Congratulations to all of us who knew this country was ready to MOVE FORWARD!!

sgarvin
sgarvin

I am sad to see Jeff Dickerson missing this morning! But I do understand. Business comes before the ridiculous chatter. I have never taken the time to write any news media, however the sad and ignorant comment made by the host Dick Williams is the reason why Romney lost. It is the reason why republicans will never be back in power in the same way as in the years of Reagan. I am a single mother that pays huge individual taxes, payroll taxes and business payroll taxes! I have 80+ employees and am highly offended by your statements.I am sure there are 1000's of us out here! Single Mothers, Making it happen in this state! I am a MAKER and I see you as a TAKER. How many jobs have you created lately! My company has put over 5000 ppl to work in the last 7 years! The economy is moving... it is sad day when you learn or hear how someone you thought was really a whole community intellect and you realize he is nothing more than a voice for underachieveing white males. Congratulations to all of us who knew this country was ready to MOVE FORWARD!!

Retired taxpayer
Retired taxpayer

 Jeff must have left the Georgia Gang to devote time to help push the vote to increase in the local

sales tax for whoever is behind all those ads on tv. about traffic.  He was talking it up on TV just the other day.

Retired taxpayer
Retired taxpayer

 Jeff must have left the Georgia Gang to devote time to help push the vote to increase in the local sales tax for whoever is behind all those ads on tv. about traffic.  He was talking it up on TV just the other day.

GREGORY H ROSS
GREGORY H ROSS

Alexis Scott is as "ultra-liberal" as George W. Bush. She is the reason I quit taking THE WORLD.

GREGORY H ROSS
GREGORY H ROSS

Alexis Scott is as "ultra-liberal" as George W. Bush. She is the reason I quit taking THE WORLD.

G. Hannigan
G. Hannigan

Jeff will be greatly missed. He is bright, articulate, has a great laugh and has always been an independent thinker. He certainly does not lean left or fallback on cheap racial rhetoric to make a point. The show, an Atlanta institution for so many years, will not be the same without him.

G. Hannigan
G. Hannigan

Jeff will be greatly missed. He is bright, articulate, has a great laugh and has always been an independent thinker. He certainly does not lean left or fallback on cheap racial rhetoric to make a point. The show, an Atlanta institution for so many years, will not be the same without him.

Fulton Taxpayer
Fulton Taxpayer

Jeff never held back defending his lowlife clients--sometimes getting loud, slobbering and spitting---trying to defend the indefensible--especially with the ATl. and DeKalb schools.
Jeff always tilted left and always seemed on the cusp of calling everything RAAAAACISM.,

Fulton Taxpayer
Fulton Taxpayer

Jeff never held back defending his lowlife clients--sometimes getting loud, slobbering and spitting---trying to defend the indefensible--especially with the ATl. and DeKalb schools. Jeff always tilted left and always seemed on the cusp of calling everything RAAAAACISM.,

Dick
Dick

So if the Georgia Gang were looking for a slightly left of center panelist, who would that be? It has to be someone with roots in journalism, not politics. Because the Gang has always been true to ink-stained wretches. Whether you like or dislike Jeff, Alexis or Phil, they all started out on beats.

Dick
Dick

So if the Georgia Gang were looking for a slightly left of center panelist, who would that be? It has to be someone with roots in journalism, not politics. Because the Gang has always been true to ink-stained wretches. Whether you like or dislike Jeff, Alexis or Phil, they all started out on beats.

One year viewer
One year viewer

Jeff was left of center and that was not a secret. He mostly sided with Alexis. I like Phil. He is overboard at times with his enthusiasm, but he is a straight shooter. I would like to see Herman Cain added to the show!

One year viewer
One year viewer

Jeff was left of center and that was not a secret. He mostly sided with Alexis. I like Phil. He is overboard at times with his enthusiasm, but he is a straight shooter. I would like to see Herman Cain added to the show!

Q-Tip
Q-Tip

Jeff offered insight and perspective not clouded with an agenda or slammed down our throats. He genuinely respected the intelligence of the audience and gave the viewers credit for having a brain. He will be sorely missed.

Q-Tip
Q-Tip

Jeff offered insight and perspective not clouded with an agenda or slammed down our throats. He genuinely respected the intelligence of the audience and gave the viewers credit for having a brain. He will be sorely missed.

Ed
Ed

Mr. Dickerson will be missed. I'm a conservative but I'd much rather see the show replace Phil Kent. His ultra conservative views are more than even I can stand.

Ed
Ed

Mr. Dickerson will be missed. I'm a conservative but I'd much rather see the show replace Phil Kent. His ultra conservative views are more than even I can stand.

Bill
Bill

Folks in the middle are hard to come by these days, especially with the wit and intelligence of Jeff. The Georgia Gang is not as funny as it was years ago with Houck, and now it won't be as thoughtful missing Dickerson.

Bill
Bill

Folks in the middle are hard to come by these days, especially with the wit and intelligence of Jeff. The Georgia Gang is not as funny as it was years ago with Houck, and now it won't be as thoughtful missing Dickerson.

Baker
Baker

This is pretty disappointing I think. I like all of them, but Jeff was certainly the one panelist who could bring the show back to the middle a little bit, lest Alexis, Dick, or Phil drive it off a left or right cliff. Any word on whether they're going to fill his slot with a similarly like-minded individual? Martha's great, whoever else are all good I think, but a Dick, Phil, and Martha show versus Alexis could be rough.

Baker
Baker

This is pretty disappointing I think. I like all of them, but Jeff was certainly the one panelist who could bring the show back to the middle a little bit, lest Alexis, Dick, or Phil drive it off a left or right cliff. Any word on whether they're going to fill his slot with a similarly like-minded individual? Martha's great, whoever else are all good I think, but a Dick, Phil, and Martha show versus Alexis could be rough.

SpaceyG on Twitter
SpaceyG on Twitter

Funny how all Dickerson's clients end-up swirling around in a total media sh*tstorm. But maybe he/they like it that way. Hard to say with media types nowadays. Or their clients. Not that I'd know anything about that....

SpaceyG on Twitter
SpaceyG on Twitter

Funny how all Dickerson's clients end-up swirling around in a total media sh*tstorm. But maybe he/they like it that way. Hard to say with media types nowadays. Or their clients. Not that I'd know anything about that....