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  • Rebecca Burns

    Deputy Editor & Digital Strategist

    Rebecca Burns is an Atlanta-based journalist, editor, and author.

    She served as editor-in-chief of Atlanta magazine from 2002-2009 and later spent several years as director of digital strategy for Emmis Publishing, working with editors and publishers in company’s family of city and regional magazines—which includes Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Texas Monthly.

    In fall 2012 she returned to Atlanta magazine to serve as deputy editor and digital strategist. She writes and edits feature articles and oversees special projects such as the annual Groundbreakers awards. She launched and manages the Daily Agenda blog and edits the companion section in the print magazine.

    Burns, whose own writing and reporting focus on civil rights and social and economic justice, is the author of three books. The latest, Burial for a King (Scribner, 2011), is account of the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. Her next book—The Second Burning of Atlanta—will chronicle the Great Fire of 1917.

    Burns teaches journalism at Emory University and the University of Georgia and is a frequent speaker at colleges, schools, and civic organizations.

 

Stories by the editorial department about travel, primarily from Arbiter's Getaway pieces

Cape San Blas will rekindle your love for the Florida Panhandle

The "Forgotten Coast" provides quiet relaxation

“Well,” I said to my husband, “I don’t think I have ever dined out looking so grubby in my life—but I don’t remember when I last felt this relaxed.” With another swig from a bottle of PBR, I leaned back in the wooden bench on the wide front porch of Indian Pass Trading Post and listened as Kerry James, whose sun-streaked hair and leathered skin testified to decades of beach bumming, belted his way through “Sweet Caroline.” Read More

Dahlonega Spa Resort, GA

Peace, quiet, and downward-facing dog

Every yoga practitioner quickly learns to love one posture: savasana, the flat-on-your-back, arms-and-legs-flopped-out attitude of rest that concludes every class. But despite... Read More

Athens, GA

Mellower, townie vibe during the summer months

Rabid sports fans and loyal UGA alums make the 70-mile trek from Atlanta to Athens during football season, braving crazy congestion and peak hotel rates. But for the rest of us, ... Read More

Jekyll Island, GA

Holiday Island festivities

A midwinter beach trip makes perfect sense in the context of this barrier island’s history. When the Jekyll Island Club opened in January 1888, it was a hunting and fishing escape... Read More

Savannah, GA

The city serenades the centennial of native son Johnny Mercer's birth

In 1962, after Johnny Mercer snagged a Best Original Song Oscar for the Breakfast at Tiffany’s leitmotif, city elders changed the name of the Back River to Moon River in his honor. ... Read More

Charleston, SC

A trio of festivals marks the month—just ahead of sweltering summer

"I now leave Charleston, the seat of Satan, dissipation, and folly," wrote Francis Asbury, a late-1700s itinerant minister in the muggy, swampy Lowcountry. Asbury later became... Read More

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