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Contributors

Maria Saporta, Founder and Contributor

Maria is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state. Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two adult children.

David Pendered, Editor and Contributor

David is an Atlanta journalist with 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow. David was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina and is married to a fifth-generation Atlantan.

Lance Russell, Stories of Atlanta Contributor

is an Atlanta-based filmmaker and media communicator who, for over three decades, has been entrusted by clients to tell their stories. A seasoned producer with an innate ability to cut to the heart of the matter, Lance’s instincts are tailor-made for today’s “media bite” culture. Brief, poignant and always entertaining, Lance’s current passion is bringing Atlanta’s colorful and inspiring past to life with his “rest of the story” style video series, Stories of Atlanta. “History’s best communicators,” says Lance, “have always been storytellers. It’s in our DNA. ‘Once upon a time’ is how we got to where we are now.”

Tom Baxter, Political Contributor

Tom has written about politics and the South for more than four decades. He was national editor and chief political correspondent at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and later edited The Southern Political Report, an online publication, for four years. Tom was the consultant for the 2008 election night coverage sponsored jointly by Current TV, Digg and Twitter, and a 2011 fellow at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas. He recently surveyed the impact of Georgia’s immigration law in a report for the Center for American Progress. Tom and his wife, Lili, have three adult children and seven grandchildren.

Maggie Lee, General Assignment Contributor

Maggie has been covering Georgia and metro Atlanta government and politics since 2008, contributing over the years to The Telegraph (Macon), Patch, Kennesaw State University’s Center for Sustainable Journalism, Creative Loafing and others. Maggie had her first SaportaReport byline in 2017. Find her on Twitter talking about #gapol and #atlpol

Eleanor Ringel Cater, Movie Critic

Eleanor was the film critic for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for almost 30 years. She was nominated multiple times for a Pulitzer Prize. She won the Best of Cox Critic, IMAGE Film & Video and Women In Film awards. An Atlanta native, she graduated from Westminster and Brown University. She was the critic on WXIA’s Noonday, a member of Entertainment Weekly’s Critics Grid and wrote TV Guide’s movie/DVD. She is member of the National Society of Film Critics and currently talks about movies on WMLB and writes the Time Out column for the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Kelly Jordan, Photojournalist

Bio coming soon!

Sean Keenan, Contributor

Sean Keenan is a freelance reporter focused on social issues and politics. A housing reporter for the Atlanta Civic Circle and the associate editor for Curbed Atlanta, he’s also contributed reporting to the likes of The New York Times, Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing, and more. He’s also much too excited that he’s been cited as a reference on Wikipedia.
Twitter: @ThatSeanKeenan

Raisa Habersham

Raisa Habersham is an Atlanta-based reporter whose work has appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Daily Beast and BET.com. You can follow her and her work at the Twitter handle @newsworthy17.

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