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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.


Arthur Blank: It was important for the Falcons to stay Downtown

The Atlanta philanthropist talked stadium, pro sports, and his pet causes during breakfast "Conversation" panel

If the Buckhead crowd that packed Maggiano’s to hear editor-in-chief Steve Fennessy interview Arthur Blank at 7 a.m. this morning seemed a bit weary, it’s probably because many Falcons fans were up late last night watching the third episode of Hard Knocks, the HBO series that is currently documenting the NFL franchise’s preseason. When Fennessy referred to a few of Tuesday night’s highlights, Blank seemed amused by Levine Toilolo’s talent on the ukulele, though not so much by Matt Ryan’s locker room humor. Nevertheless, Blank is clearly a fan of the Emmy-winning reality show, noting, “We have a great story to tell, and we believe in transparency.” Read More

Getaway: Sea Island revisited

The five-star resort is as luxe as ever (and a new inn makes it affordable)

The official portrait of the 2004 G8 Summit shows the leaders of the world’s top industrialized nations strolling down a Georgia beach at Sea Island. The prime minister of Japan, Junichiro Koizumi, is gesturing animatedly to an amused George W. Bush. Tony Blair stuffs his hands casually in his pockets like a GQ model. Putin scowls. They walk ten abreast along the flat, smooth beach. Read More

7 stylish outdoor rugs made to brave the elements

Options abound for open-air spaces

Nothing defines an outdoor room like a distinctive rug. Thanks to an acrylic fiber called polypropylene, durable outdoor rugs resist fading, stains, and mildew. Flat, sisal-like weaves can be cleaned off with a garden hose. Read More

Q&A with Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Meria Castarphen

The Harvard grad plans "aggressive changes in organization" for a system still recovering from a cheating scandal

As students return to the classroom this month, newly appointed Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Meria Carstarphen faces the daunting challenge of restoring public faith in APS. Read More

Why you should be eating beets

Health benefits are just one reason this vegetable is getting popular

This taproot’s popularity peaked around 1982—about the time Wolfgang Puck first paired it with goat cheese. That puts beets somewhere between avocados and sun-dried tomatoes on Bon Appetit’s list of the trendiest vegetables of the last fifty years. Read More