Atlanta’s Favorite Stories: 1964 – 2014


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Atlanta’s Favorite Stories: 1964 – 2014

The ten stories listed below were selected as Atlanta’s Favorite News Stories Over the Past 50 Years. These stories represent all forms of journalism - print, broadcast, radio and digital media
- since the press club’s founding in 1964.


How Were The Favorite Stories Selected?

The Atlanta Press Club is proud to be celebrating its 50th Anniversary. As part of our anniversary, we engaged members and the public in a search for Atlanta’s favorite news stories of the past 50 years.

Throughout 2014, people submitted their favorite news stories from the Atlanta area, which were narrowed down to a top 30 list by a panel of Atlanta Press Club members. From the top 30 list, the public then voted for their favorites. The Press Club received more than 3,500 votes to determine Atlanta’s ten favorite stories.


Who’s Out of Step in Atlanta (1964) By Eugene Patterson for The Atlanta Constitution

Eugene Patterson’s work won the Pulitzer Prize and drew widespread attention to the Civil Rights Movement as it played out locally, statewide and nationally. This is one such column urging restaurant owners to desegregate their establishments.


Nobel Prize Reminds Us (1964) By Ralph McGill for The Atlanta Constitution

This story represents the power of Ralph McGill, Pulitzer Prize-winning editor and publisher of The Atlanta Constitution. In this piece, McGill issues a call that still resonates today about personal choice, respect and Atlanta’s legacy. 


They’re Killing Our Children (1981) by Boyd Lewis for WABE

Boyd Lewis brought tragedy to light. This report recognized a frightening pattern: the unsolved murders of 20 black children, and demonstrated the overwhelming fear it brought upon Atlanta’s African-American community and their desperation for justice. 


The Color of Money (1988) by Bill Dedman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

This is a powerful and exhaustively reported four-day series of more than 20 stories demonstrating that banks rarely offered credit in Atlanta’s middle income black and integrated neighborhoods. The series and its conclusions are fundamentally data-based and explore every aspect of redlining in Atlanta.


When AIDS Comes Home (1989) by Steve Sternberg and Michael Schwarz for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“When AIDS Comes Home” was the culmination of 18 months of reporting and photography by Steve Sternberg and Michael Schwarz. The story focused on 33-year-old Tom Fox of Atlanta and the battle he waged against AIDS with the support of his family and a community of friends who were also infected with the virus — all of them determined to pack a lifetime into a few months of borrowed time. 


The Damage That Naming a Suspect Does to the Innocent (1996) by Ann Woolner for Daily Report

On July 30, 1996, the media descended on Richard Jewell, the security guard at Centennial Olympic Park hailed for discovering a bomb, then suspected of planting it. That week Ann Woolner wondered whether Jewel might be innocent. Attached is her resulting opinion column.


Why Is Genarlow Wilson In Prison? (2006) by Chandra Thomas Whitfield for Atlanta Magazine

This is a story of race, of conscience, of community, of unlimited resources and of a mother’s love. It lays out events and the law clearly without being sensational. 


The Fall of House Speaker Glenn Richardson (2009) by Dale Russell for Fox5 Atlanta

It was the story that led to the resignation of Georgia’s second most powerful public official, a total shake-up in Georgia’s legislative leadership, and the promise of strong ethics reform throughout the state.


Around the Clock at Waffle House (2010) by Besha Rodell for Creative Loafing

This is a feature on one of Atlanta’s favorite establishments. The article paints a vibrant picture of a day inside the Waffle House on Cheshire Bridge Road.


Straight Outta Stankonia IntroductionPage 1Page 2Page 3Page 4Page 5Page 6Page 7Page 8Page 9Page 10Page 11Page 12Page 13Page 14Page 15Page 16Page 17 (2014) by Rodney Carmichael, Gavin Godfrey and Christina Lee for Creative Loafing

Creative Loafing invites you to take a stroll through Atlanta’s past and see how OutKast, America’s preeminent hip hop duo, transformed the identity of the Atlanta.