M. Alexis Scott

(b. 1949)

She started her newspaper career in the 1970s, when women in the newsroom were still rare. She worked her way up the Cox Enterprises food chain over the next two decades, going from cub reporter to the corporate suite, becoming a vice president. She left in 1997 to take over the family business, Atlanta Daily World, the newspaper founded by her grandfather W.A. Scott II in 1928—the first black-owned daily in the United States. As publisher of the World, she’s reinvented the historic paper, creating a daily digital presence paired with a weekly print edition.

One of the Gang For the past ten years, Scott’s battled and bantered on public affairs show The Georgia Gang (WAGA-TV), unabashedly taking the “bleeding heart liberal” stance against host Dick Williams.

Photograph courtesy of Atlanta Magazine, March 2002