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Author Amanda Heckert

  • Amanda Heckert

    Former Senior Editor

    As a senior editor, Amanda Heckert writes and edits features and service packages and contributes to other sections of the magazine, such as Agenda and Arbiter. Since arriving at Atlanta as an associate editor in 2006, Heckert has covered topics ranging from style and religion to city landmark preservation and Dasani bottled water. But for better or for worse, Heckert is a pop culture nut, and much of her writing trends toward that theme, including stories on the Real Housewives of Atlanta, the city’s burgeoning film scene, and TBS. Previously an associate editor at Newcomer magazine, Heckert graduated from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina. Her first foray into journalism was in the fifth grade when she typed up a newsletter chronicling a class field trip, complete with cartoon and a thrilling account of a lunch at a Japanese steakhouse.

 

Westside

The new Castleberry Hill

The stockyards and slaughterhouses are gone now, but Westside’s meatpacking past has acted as both bone structure and muse for what is now one of the fastest-expanding neighborhoods in the city. Read More

Old Fourth Ward

The new East Atlanta

Until a few years ago, this swath of shotgun houses, historic sites, and neglected industrial grounds between Downtown and Inman Park lacked identity. Old-timers knew it as the Old Fourth Ward, once the bustling seat of black Atlanta and a remnant of one of the original slices of political pie centered on 1874 Five Points. Read More

The Bully Problem

Rescuing one of the city's most overpopulated—and misunderstood—breeds can be a challenge

Under the sagging ceiling tiles of the DeKalb County animal shelter, three rows of pit bulls await one of two fates: a new home or euthanasia. Sergeant T.C. Medlin walks along the aisles, petting muzzles through the chain-link. Read More

Lights, Camera, Crash

The DIY Network's 'House Crashers' build a dream kitchen in Ormewood

Knees bent, Ormewood resident Dan Bush cocks his sledgehammer like Casey at the bat. He and a few similarly armed friends eye their target: an eighty-year-old wall separating the kitchen from a pantry in the home Bush shares with his wife, Caroline. Read More