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Best Columnist BOA Award Winner

Cynthia Tucker
"AJC" editorial page editor CYNTHIA TUCKER already stands with Henry Grady and Ralph McGill as one of the great voices of Southern journalism. She's molded the strongest section of the local daily into an informed and independent voice for Southern liberalism. And she's amplified that voice as an articulatemore...
"AJC" editorial page editor CYNTHIA TUCKER already stands with Henry Grady and Ralph McGill as one of the great voices of Southern journalism. She's molded the strongest section of the local daily into an informed and independent voice for Southern liberalism. And she's amplified that voice as an articulate talking head on national news shows. But the editorials written by Tucker's staff also reflect the bold erudition readers can find in her own columns. For more than a decade, she's tilted at windmills; sometimes she's helped those windmills topple. This year, her longstanding warnings about Bill Campbell's administration were vindicated by guilty pleas from the former mayor's associates. Her writing style - heavily reliant on a deep understanding of her subjects - is driven by passion and even a bit of self-righteous anger. Last October, the "AJC" brass watered down Tucker's department when it merged doctrinaire troglodytes from the "Journal" editorial board with the "Constitution"'s editorial staff. That sometimes has mired the new board in trivial debates and dulled the edge on more than a few editorials. But Tucker's columns continue to smash icons on an anvil of facts and reason. Most recently, she's led a crusade to rid metro counties of their anachronistic sheriffs' bureaucracies. It's no wonder that people who aren't so keen on the facts - from Campbell to Neal Boortz - frequently, and unsuccessfully, try to discredit her. less...

Best Columnist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2001
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2001 » Cityscape » Critics Pick
Doug Monroe
Doug Monroe Atlanta Magazine 1330 W. Peachtree St. (404) 872-3100 OK, OK.We admit the obvious: One newspaper has most of Atlanta's great columnists, and it ain't the "Urinal-Constipation". But, hey, we're far too modest to boast here about folks like Andisheh, Cliff, Hollis, Luke, Jane, Richardmore...
Doug Monroe Atlanta Magazine 1330 W. Peachtree St. (404) 872-3100 OK, OK.We admit the obvious: One newspaper has most of Atlanta's great columnists, and it ain't the "Urinal-Constipation". But, hey, we're far too modest to boast here about folks like Andisheh, Cliff, Hollis, Luke, Jane, Richard and Tina. So, we'll just recognize someone from another publication: Nobody deserves that recognition as much as Doug Monroe. Since he began mouthing off earlier this year for "Atlanta Magazine", Monroe has established himself as the cranky uncle who's unafraid to take the city's collective skeletons out of the closet and rattle 'em. Among his favorite targets is the "AJC", where he once was a columnist and an editor. But Monroe doesn't just bring heat to paper. A lifelong Atlanta resident (except for his stint at UGA), Monroe understands the fabric of the city; between columns with hard edges, he sheds light on our past, as well as his dreams for the future. less...

Best Columnist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2001
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2001 » Cityscape » Critics Pick
Doug Monroe
Doug Monroe Atlanta Magazine 1330 W. Peachtree St. (404) 872-3100 OK, OK.We admit the obvious: One newspaper has most of Atlanta's great columnists, and it ain't the "Urinal-Constipation". But, hey, we're far too modest to boast here about folks like Andisheh, Cliff, Hollis, Luke, Jane,more...
Doug Monroe Atlanta Magazine 1330 W. Peachtree St. (404) 872-3100 OK, OK.We admit the obvious: One newspaper has most of Atlanta's great columnists, and it ain't the "Urinal-Constipation". But, hey, we're far too modest to boast here about folks like Andisheh, Cliff, Hollis, Luke, Jane, Richard and Tina. So, we'll just recognize someone from another publication: Nobody deserves that recognition as much as Doug Monroe. Since he began mouthing off earlier this year for "Atlanta Magazine", Monroe has established himself as the cranky uncle who's unafraid to take the city's collective skeletons out of the closet and rattle 'em. Among his favorite targets is the "AJC", where he once was a columnist and an editor. But Monroe doesn't just bring heat to paper. A lifelong Atlanta resident (except for his stint at UGA), Monroe understands the fabric of the city; between columns with hard edges, he sheds light on our past, as well as his dreams for the future. less...

Best Columnist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2001
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2001 » Cityscape » Readers Pick
Hollis Gillespie

Best Columnist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2000 » Cityscape » Readers Pick
Michael Skube - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The AJC's former book columnist was clearly the city's most intelligent and erudite literary ombudsman, and perhaps its most ethereal and eccentric. You could actually learn something by reading his Sunday columns, and the fact that he cared enough to put hard work and much thought into them really showed.more...
The AJC's former book columnist was clearly the city's most intelligent and erudite literary ombudsman, and perhaps its most ethereal and eccentric. You could actually learn something by reading his Sunday columns, and the fact that he cared enough to put hard work and much thought into them really showed. Too bad he's gone. less...

Best Columnist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2000 » Cityscape » Critics Pick
Lucy Soto - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The hands-down winner is Lucy Soto's "Spotlight" column in the AJC for shining a light on the greed, corruption, swindling, favoritism and downright ick of local government, public institutions and private contractors and their ilk, done in a format that would preclude a lot of important stories frommore...
The hands-down winner is Lucy Soto's "Spotlight" column in the AJC for shining a light on the greed, corruption, swindling, favoritism and downright ick of local government, public institutions and private contractors and their ilk, done in a format that would preclude a lot of important stories from getting in the paper's standard news hole limitations. It's a difficult task, butting heads with the buttheads, but she weasels them out weekly while juggling a lot of ongoing stories. More follow-up would be great, but really, it's the best thing in the paper. Every Monday, local news section, front page. less...

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