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Best Local Hero

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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
John Lewis

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Kyle Kessler

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Fabian “Occasional Superstar” Williams
Fabian Williams has a passion for art and expression. Last year, along with a few other local artists, he fought against city officials who attempted to exert control over murals being painted on private property. And he won. Williams is responsible for vibrant paintings like the fluorescent Hosea Williamsmore...
Fabian Williams has a passion for art and expression. Last year, along with a few other local artists, he fought against city officials who attempted to exert control over murals being painted on private property. And he won. Williams is responsible for vibrant paintings like the fluorescent Hosea Williams mural he painted last year on on the parking deck at Studioplex, and, most recently, the one of Stacey Abrams on the corner of Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium - Come on in, Precious. But he likes to shake things up and tackle art of all mediums. "Atlanta should look how it feels," he says. "Culture is reflected in the music, food, and now, the walls." Whether it's advocacy or creativity, Williams makes Atlanta a better place and for that, we?re thankful. less...

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Arthur Blank

Best local hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
John Lewis
johnlewis.house.gov

Best local hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
John Lewis
johnlewis.house.gov

Best local hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
John Lewis
johnlewis.house.gov

Best local hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
John Lewis

Best local hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
John Lewis
johnlewis.house.gov

Best local hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Boyd Coons

Local hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Danger Woman

Best local hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Clark Howard

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Runner-up: Jimmy Carter


Best local hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Clark Howard

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Runner-up
Brandon Bond

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
All or Nothing Pitbull Rescue

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Baton Bob

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Shirley Franklin

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
The Cop on the Corner
This hasn’t been a great year for the Atlanta Police Department. Every badge in the department was tarnished by the narcotics detectives who botched the drug raid that left an innocent elderly woman dead. Morale stinks, officers are fleeing and crime rates are up. Which is why we salute THEmore...
This hasn’t been a great year for the Atlanta Police Department. Every badge in the department was tarnished by the narcotics detectives who botched the drug raid that left an innocent elderly woman dead. Morale stinks, officers are fleeing and crime rates are up. Which is why we salute THE COP ON THE CORNER. They risk their lives, get cursed at and get used as pawns in city politics, all to keep us safe. There’s not much a lowly lawman or lawwoman can do about the department’s leadership except show up for work and do his or her job. So, to all the rank-and-file police officers wading through the department’s current mess: You are, indeed, Atlanta’s finest. Thank you. less...

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Judith Curry
When Hurricane Katrina tore into the Gulf Coast, it created a perverse, but tempting, chance to make a point about global warming. Scientists had long figured a hotter atmosphere would agitate the storm cycle, creating more or bigger storms, or both. Was Katrina an example? Just after the storm hit,more...
When Hurricane Katrina tore into the Gulf Coast, it created a perverse, but tempting, chance to make a point about global warming. Scientists had long figured a hotter atmosphere would agitate the storm cycle, creating more or bigger storms, or both. Was Katrina an example? Just after the storm hit, JUDITH CURRY, along with other atmospheric scientists at Georgia Tech, happened to co-publish a landmark study on hurricanes and global warming. They concluded the strongest hurricanes are getting even stronger as the Earth gets hotter. At a Washington briefing where Curry was asked to describe the research, a congressional aide with ties to the coal industry tried to portray her work as out-of-step with mainstream science. It didn’t work. Reporters at first concentrated on the aide’s trumped-up controversy. But the well-timed research eventually sunk into the public’s mind as yet more evidence of the costs of climate change. Curry has walked a difficult tightrope for scientists: While she’s been candid about the evidence for global warming, she’s steered clear of pontificating on issues outside her expertise. She and her Tech colleagues have kept their eyes on their own work, which is just what we need if we wish to understand what we’re doing to this planet. less...

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Shirley Franklin

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
It’s hard to stand in the shadow of a Nobel Peace Prize-winning former president. But ROSALYNN CARTER has been a leader in her own right since her days as first lady of Georgia. Rarely has she been fully credited for her work, particularly in the mental health field. Rosalynn co-founded themore...
It’s hard to stand in the shadow of a Nobel Peace Prize-winning former president. But ROSALYNN CARTER has been a leader in her own right since her days as first lady of Georgia. Rarely has she been fully credited for her work, particularly in the mental health field. Rosalynn co-founded the Carter Center and launched its mental health programs, which she still directs at age 74. She lobbies Congress for more mental health funding each year, and isn’t afraid to scold lawmakers for cutting funds for social programs. less...

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Mayor Shirley Franklin

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Hank Aaron
With each passing year, the ordeal Henry Aaron endured on his way to becoming baseball's home-run king in 1974 seems more incredible. It took John Rocker's ignorance to remind us that things have not changed much. But Aaron continues to be gracious in the face of bigotry, and despite the inferior qualitymore...
With each passing year, the ordeal Henry Aaron endured on his way to becoming baseball's home-run king in 1974 seems more incredible. It took John Rocker's ignorance to remind us that things have not changed much. But Aaron continues to be gracious in the face of bigotry, and despite the inferior quality of the ne0w, harder baseballs, it seems more and more unlikely that his record of 755 home runs will ever be approached, let alone broken. less...

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Andres Galarraga
The Braves' first baseman isn't the first person to battle cancer and survive. But to watch the Big Cat come back after a year of treatment and play well enough to be an All-Star, and to do it all with a smile wide enough to wrap itself around the whole city makes us want to stand up and cheer. "A hero?more...
The Braves' first baseman isn't the first person to battle cancer and survive. But to watch the Big Cat come back after a year of treatment and play well enough to be an All-Star, and to do it all with a smile wide enough to wrap itself around the whole city makes us want to stand up and cheer. "A hero? I don't feel like a hero," he says. "But I feel like I'm helping people to stay positive and keep trying." less...

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