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  • 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.

 

Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National

Bobby Jones helped found and design Augusta National Golf Club, then launched the Masters Tournament in 1934. Read more...

Oktoberfest in Helen

A six-week festival in a logging town that reinvented itself as a Bavarian village in the 1960s. Now in its forty-fifth year, the event attracts around 50,000 annual visitors. Read more...

Veterans Day at Andersonville

During fourteen months of the Civil War, about 45,000 Union soldiers were held in the Confederacy’s military prison at Camp Sumter in Andersonville, Georgia. Read more...

Art Basel in Miami Beach

Since 1970 Art Basel has staged modern and contemporary art shows each year in Basel, Switzerland; Miami Beach; and Hong Kong. Read more...

Fall foliage along Blue Ridge Parkway

This 469-mile scenic highway, a New Deal project to provide Depression-era jobs, connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Read more...

Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee

This four-day, sweaty, multistage music and camping festival started out as a laid-back jam-band gathering but now attracts more than 80,000 revelers for performances. Read more...

Football between the hedges in Athens

When prospective students tour UGA’s campus, they are paraded past Sanford Stadium and told, “This is the largest classroom on campus; other schools come here and we teach them how to play football.” Read more...

Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens

Wonder what it’s like inside Savannah’s moss-draped historic homes, with their Ionic columns and gabled porticoes? Read more...

Memphis in May

The Beale Street Music Festival, World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, Sunset Symphony, and international education programs all happen in May. Read more...

Kentucky Derby in Lousiville

Billing itself as the most exciting two minutes in sports, the Run for the Roses is a one-and-a-quarter-mile race held at Churchill Downs. Read more...