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Author Michele Cohen Marill

  • Michele Cohen Marill

    Editorial Contributor

    An Atlanta native, she has been writing for Atlanta magazine since 1990. She gained a reputation for taking on in-depth stories and delving into some of Atlanta’s most sensitive issues: tree loss caused by urban sprawl, the crumbling child protection system, the impact of illegal immigration. In 1991, she won a National Headliner Award (second place for “consistently outstanding feature writing in a magazine”). Her article on resegregation of Atlanta’s schools was part of the “Legacy” issue commemorating the death of Martin Luther King Jr., which was a finalist for a 2009 National Magazine Award for single topic issue. She is a graduate of Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism and also has written for Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Parents, PINK, Georgia Trend, and other magazines. She lives in Decatur with her husband and two teenage daughters.


If the Yerkes Center retires its chimpanzees, where will they go?

Research standards are changing, but finding sanctuary for former test subjects isn't easy

Chimpanzees have a sense of fair play. They feel empathy; a chimp will yawn when another does. They cooperate, and after a fight, they seek to reconcile. These insights—that chimpanzees possess an innate morality once thought to be uniquely human—emerged in part from studies conducted at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University. But such findings led to an uneasy question: If chimpanzees are so much like us, should we experiment on them at all? Read More

Reality check: Is Atlanta a high-tech hub or a startup striver?

How those pitches to entrepreneurs actually stack up

With its Fortune 500 companies and successful startups, metro Atlanta is like “a shaken-up Champagne bottle, ready to explode,” proclaimed AirWatch founder Alan Dabbiere, one of the area’s most successful entrepreneurs, at last fall’s Venture Atlanta gathering. Read More

For starters: Mapping Atlanta's startup scene

Like everything else here, the entrepreneurial culture is defined by sprawl

One day last fall, aspiring entrepreneur Yoehzer Yeeftahk decided to check out Hypepotamus, the Midtown coworking space that touts its “connected awesomeness.” Read More


Stuart Zola, Emory University, and partners

Neurotrack is a testing system that uses eye-tracking and can determine with uncanny certainty who will develop Alzheimer’s disease in the next three to six years. It was developed based on decades of research by Stuart Zola of Emory University. Read More

Cancer Wellness

Piedmont Healthcare and Tom and Karen Chapman

Tom Chapman, former CEO of Equifax, collaborated with Piedmont Hospital to create Cancer Wellness at Piedmont, holistic treatment centers for patients, families and caregivers. Read More