Daily Agenda - Atlanta Magazine

Author Betsy Riley

  • Betsy Riley

    Executive Editor

    The editor of Atlanta’s former shelter magazine, Atlanta Magazine’s HOME, she specializes in lifestyle topics such as home and garden, education, healthcare, real estate, travel, and shopping. She also writes occasional narrative features. On the broadcast front, she is a regular contributor to local NPR affiliate WABE’s “Weekend Preview” segments. Before joining the editorial staff ten years ago, Riley was a freelance editor for the magazine for another ten years. During that time, she wrote many features and edited the magazine’s monthly “Atlanta Life” section. She has also written for other regional and national magazines, including O (Oprah’s magazine), Ladies Home Journal, Town & Country, Parenting, and Southern Living. With former Atlanta magazine art director Elaine Hightower, Riley is the author of the award-winning Our Family Meeting Book. She began her career as a medical journalist, eventually becoming publisher of national award-winning newsletters produced by a division of Medical Economics. A graduate of Wake Forest University, she and her husband Mark have lived in Atlanta since 1980. They have two college-age sons.


Preview: Center for Civil and Human Rights

The facility’s goal is to connect historic struggles with ongoing injustices

Nearly a decade ago, Evelyn Lowery, Juanita Abernathy, and Andrew Young met with then mayor Shirley Franklin to officially launch a project that civic leaders had been dreaming about for far longer. That vision comes to life this month as the Center for Civil and Human Rights opens its doors. Read more...

Incoming APS superintendent Meria Carstarphen makes her first public appearance

Her relaxed style marked a change from predecessor (and scandal-scarred) Beverly Hall

As incoming Atlanta Public School superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen made her first public appearance in Atlanta on Tuesday, top corporate and city leaders gathered Downtown with all the ease of a newly divorced bachelor on a blind date. It’s no secret that the local business community got burned embracing Carstaphen’s predecessor, the embattled Dr. Beverly Hall. So you can understand a note of caution. Fool me once… Read more...

Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams celebrate their 25th anniversary at Buckhead location

How has the North Carolina-based furniture line outlasted the competition? Comfort is key.

Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, founders of the North Carolina–based furniture line, were in town Thursday to celebrate their business’s twenty-fifth anniversary. We spoke with the duo just before a big party at their Atlanta store, as Legendary Event staff in black T-shirts hustled about setting up bars and appetizer spreads. You might remember the store’s early bashes, when RuPaul’s pal Lady Bunny spun tunes in the full-length glass windows fronting Peachtree Road. Read more...

#Snowmaggedon: Camping out in the office

Georgians may not know how to drive in snow, but Southern hospitality can sure thaw a frosty day.

So I really hate to admit it, but I remember Atlanta’s Snow Jam 1982—back before most of you reading this post were even born. And, yes, I believe it was actually the first local snowfall with a name. Nobody saw the storm coming, and all of Downtown took off at exactly 2 pm. Sound familiar? Read more...

LEAD baseball players weigh in on the Braves move

High-school baseball players in the program founded by C.J. Stewart share their views

I don’t think I will be able to get to as many games because of transportation to and from the games. It was easier up here because it only took me like four or five minutes to get there and only fifteen walking. And I think it will hurt the area around Turner Field because now we don't have anything here. Read more...