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Betsy Riley

Betsy has worked with Atlanta magazine in various capacities for some thirty years, becoming Editor in Chief in 2017. During her tenure, the magazine has won a “Best Overall Excellence” Eddie Award from Folio Magazine and was nominated for a “General Excellence, Special Interest” Ellie Award from the American Society of Magazine Editors. Her own longform narrative, originally published in Atlanta, has been featured on Longreads.com. Betsy has served on the board of the Atlanta Press Club and was formerly a regular contributor to local NPR affiliate WABE. In 2015, she launched a quarterly shelter magazine, Atlanta Magazine’s HOME. An honors graduate of Wake Forest University, she began her journalistic career as a medical writer.
Underground Atlanta redevelopment

A quick guide to what’s in development in downtown Atlanta, what’s proposed, and what might have been

Hard to keep all the numbered buildings and buzzwords straight? Here’s a quick guide to what’s proposed, what’s underway, and what might have been.
Meet some of the people tied to the Georgia's wine industry

Meet some of the folks that make up Georgia’s wine industry

Tyler Barnes became a winemaker by accident. Pamela Borgel is first (and only) woman to start a winery by herself in Georgia. La Tanya Eiland first became fascinated with winemaking as a student in the 1970s, when her grandmother sent her to visit Italy.
Three trips though Georgia wine country

Three trips to take through Georgia’s wine country

Here's how to take a wine tasting journey through the Dahlonega Plateau, the scenic wineries of Northeast Georgia, and apple-icious Ellijay.
50 Ways to Play Outside in Atlanta

50 Ways to Play Outside in Atlanta and Beyond

Time to get outside and play! From basketball to fishing to hiking to hanging out in a hammock, here's 50 great things to do outdoors around Atlanta.
The somewhat definitive ranking of Peachtree streets

The (somewhat definitive) ranking of Atlanta’s Peachtree streets

According to an oft-cited figure from the Atlanta Regional Commission, the metro boasts 71 streets bearing some variation on the name “Peachtree.” That number is several years old, though, and a spokesperson says the organization doesn’t keep a running list. Here, an assuredly incomplete, highly subjective ranking. You’ll never guess who came out on top.
Ponce de Leon Parkway Olmsted Linear Park

Atlanta’s greenest parkway is more relevant than ever

Widely recognized as the father of landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted is best known for designing landmarks like Central Park, the U.S. Capitol grounds, and Biltmore Estate. In Atlanta, he designed a series of six linear parks along “Ponce de Leon Parkway” for the new residential development of Druid Hills.
Atlanta Top Doctors 2022

Atlanta’s Top Docs share their stories of unexpected, inspiring, and memorable cases

If we’ve learned anything over the last few years, it’s that working in a hospital is never routine. We asked the metro’s most respected physicians to share stories of unexpected, inspiring, and memorable cases.

Where—and how—Atlantans want to live now

The pandemic changed everything. We've never thought more about how and where we want to live—and how we can make room for everyone. What are the options now in metro Atlanta?
Four easy weekend trips just across the Georgia state line

Four easy weekend trips just across the Georgia state line

Sure, you can fly from Atlanta to almost anywhere in the world. but we’re loving these easy weekend road trips just over Georgia’s state line.
Atlanta Asian Spa Shooting One Year Anniversary

One year later, 7 Asian American community members reflect on the Atlanta spa shootings

In the wake of last year’s spa shootings, Atlanta’s Asian Americans mobilized like never before. Here, seven community members share why this tragedy has implications for all of us.

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