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Author Kevin Hazzard

  • Kevin Hazzard

    Contributing Writer

    Former daily reporter Hazzard is now a freelance journalist, published novelist, and screenwriter. He also has written a blog about his ten years as a paramedic for Grady, entitled A Thousand Naked Strangers.


Unsheltered No More gets homeless vets off the street

The innovative program aims to house 800 people this year

Back in 2012, after Atlanta bested thirteen other cities in a contest to house 100 homeless veterans in 100 days, Mayor Kasim Reed announced that the city would do even better in 2013 by helping 800 chronically homeless Atlantans—a significant percentage of whom are veterans—move into permanent homes by the end of the year. As of late September, the [Unsheltered No More Initiative][1] was on its way to meeting that goal, with 700 people moved off the street. Read more...

Interview with Cathy Woolard: Atlanta remains 'ground zero' for HIV infection in the US

The acting head of AID Atlanta on this weekend's AIDS Walk, the search for a director, and how the Affordable Care Act affects those with HIV/AIDS

Before she steps down as Interim Executive Director of AID Atlanta, Cathy Woolard is determined to achieve two goals—recruit a CEO with a clear vision for the future, and ensure this Sunday’s AIDS Walk meets its million-dollar fundraising target. Read more...

Want to visit the MLK national park site? Dream on.

The King historic site is one of eleven metro parks shuttered by the government shutdown.

At the national park bearing his name, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to a crowd that did not arrive today. There would be no students, no awestruck pilgrims, no laughing children. His voice, and his incomparable “I have a dream” speech, was broadcast from speakers perched above his crypt, which is in the center privately run by his family. King’s words echoed over Auburn Avenue: “Free at last! Free at last!” Read more...

Start your morning off with some patriotism in your mug

Try Ranger Coffee, care of a philanthropic army veteran

After serving tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, former U.S. Army Captain Rob Swartwood moved to Atlanta in 2009. He went to law school, settled down, and joined the American Legion, envisioning a quiet life as an ex-military man. Read more...

Exit interview with Darien Long, Atlanta’s (in)famous mall security guard

He’s off the job. So what will the “Kickass Mall Cop” do without a mall?

When I stopped by the other day, downtown Atlanta’s Metro Mall seemed to have fallen into darkness. The power was out—something about a small fire in a fuse box—though nobody seemed to notice, or at least not to care that much. Vendors used flashlights to set up shop, a customer bought jewelry by candlelight. Just another day at Atlanta’s most famous mall (at least by social-media metrics of fame). Read more...