The Atlanta Press Club hosted a variety of journalists, public relations professionals and dignitaries for their annual Hall of Fame dinner on Tuesday in Buckhead. The dinner “celebrates not only the journalists we are inducting but the impact good journalism has made in Georgia and throughout the nation.” This year there were four inductees, three of whom are well-known in Atlanta and one who got his start in Atlanta and went on to work for years at the Wall Street Journal.
Doug Blackmon was the first inductee. He began his career in Arkansas before quickly moving to the Atlanta Constitution, covering race and politics. Blackmon was introduced by a name familiar to those those closely following the actions of the Trump administration, Sally Yates (Yates was well-received with a standing ovation by the crowd, presumably for her work prosecuting former Fulton County Commission Chairman Mitch Skandalakis). Blackmon’s work helped uncover the corruption scandal during the administration of Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell and ended with convictions of eight people, including two council members and Campbell himself (Yates was also the overseeing prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office for this investigation).
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