What We Cover
Comprehensive and trusted local coverage of Brookhaven, GA and North Atlanta. Featuring news and events, business listings, discussions, announcements, photos and videos.
Meet Your Local Patch Team
Jonathan Cribbs, Contributor, Editor
I moved to the Atlanta metro area in 2008 and freelanced for several publications before The Champion Newspaper in Decatur hired me to cover the news in DeKalb County in 2009. I joined Patch in October 2010.
I live in the North Druid Hills community and have worked for daily and weekly newspapers in Maryland, Virginia and the Carolinas. I graduated from the University of Maryland in 2005 with a degree in English Language and Literature, a wonderful field of study that will challenge and engage you even as it lays the groundwork for your future unemployment. (But you'll know how to chart our nation's secular transformation from the works of Charles Brockden Brown to Seinfeld. FYI: Moby Dick is a turning point.)
I grew up in southern Maryland near the Chesapeake Bay. I'm a huge ice hockey fan and played the sport through middle and high school. I also love movies and own a somewhat sad collection of more than 500 DVDs.
As a journalist, I've covered everything from large national stories (the Washington, DC, snipers in 2003, for instance) to the smallest story you can think of, including pizza day at Lady's Island Elementary School in Beaufort, SC.
Faye Edmundson, Contributor, Editor
Faye Edmundson has more than 30 years experience with daily and weekly newspapers, mostly in community journalism, in Texas and Atlanta. Before becoming editor of Duluth Patch, she covered Duluth city government for the daily newspaper in Gwinnett County for three years.
Faye was news editor for nearly 15 years of the Northside/Sandy Springs/Vinings Neighbor Newspapers in Atlanta. She has been an account executive and photographer for Maizie Hale Public Relations, community news editor for the Vinings Gazette, and editor and reporter for the Fayette Sun and Southside Sun.
She worked as a reporter or the Alice (TX) Echo-News and as a copy editor for the Corpus Christi (TX) Caller-Times before moving to Atlanta. She earned her journalism degree from the University of Texas-Austin.
Don Plummer, Contributor, Editor
Emma Harger, Contributor, Editor
Hometown: Decatur, GA
Birthday: Dec. 13
Bio: I was born and raised right here in Decatur by parents who moved to Georgia in the late 70s to escape the cold winters of their native Ohio. I graduated from Druid Hills High School in 2007 and served for two years on the staff of their newspaper, The Spotlight, including a year as co-editor in chief. I am now in my final semester at Georgia State University, where I'm studying print journalism and work at their newspaper, The Signal, as a copy editor and occasional contributor. I have also interned twice (summer 2010 and spring 2011) with Creative Loafing Atlanta. I started with Patch in April 2011.
Katrina Hensley, Contributor, Sales, Blogger
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Jason Butt, Contributor, Editor
Brett Martin, Contributor
Hi there ! This is Brett Martin. I have 20 years of broadcast tv experience as an anchor, reporter, producer, and photographer. I was the Road Warrior for Fox 5 and Good Day Atlanta for many years (1999-2007). I still apply those skills today with my new company, Brett Martin Productions. In fact, I continue to be a film critic and a member of the BFCA (broadcast film critics association).
I also produce and direct high end commercials for people in real estate, primarily vacation real estate.
Over the years I have seen and done just about everything. I have hundreds of movie interviews with hundreds of a-list stars.
If you have any questions, please contact me via email.
Jacki McDonald, Contributor, Blogger
Jacki is a 2001 graduate of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School with a concentration in Marketing & Management. Over the past ten years, she has focused on customer retention and people’s passions via the media/advertising worlds of Fox Sports Net, Zagat Survey, and Scripps Networks’ Great American Country & Travel Channel.
Though originally from NY, Jacki is now fully addicted to the South, frequenting country concerts nearly every month…and supporting her local area of Brookhaven every chance she gets. Often considered the “concierge” among her friends for knowing about the latest restaurant opening or upcoming event, she enjoys contributing social updates to the rest of the community as well. Though she will admit, her favorite socials are definitely those that support the many animal rescue groups around town and include her Doberman/Black Lab mix “Fizzle” who brings a smile to everyone he meets.
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Phil Meyer is Professor Emeritus in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame in Journalism in the spring of 2008. He joined the Journalism School in 1981 and served as Knight Chair in Journalism Professor from 1993-2008. Prior to joining the school, he held a number of reporter and research positions at various media outlets.
He has won numerous awards including the 2005 Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award for Research About Journalism (with Scott Maier). He was named a Fellow of Society of Professional Journalists in 2005. In 2004, the Newspaper Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication gave him its Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award. And in 2000 he received the American Association for Public Opinion Research Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement.
Meyer is the author of several books including The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age and Precision Journalism: A Reporter’s Introduction to Social Science Methods. Journalism Quarterly in 2000 listed this book as one of the 35 significant books of the 20th century in journalism and mass communication; and the American Association for Public Opinion Research, observing its 50th anniversary in 1996, listed it as one of 50 significant books on public opinion research.
He received his B.S. in technical journalism from Kansas State University and his M.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina.
Steven Berlin Johnson is a pioneer in the web world, as a co-founder of FEED, Plastic.com, and Outside.in, which was acquired by Patch in March of 2011. He also co-created Findings.com, which launched in late 2011. Steven was the 2009 Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence at The Journalism School at Columbia University, and served for several years as a Distinguished Writer in Residence at NYU’s Journalism School. He is a bestselling author of seven books, and won acclaim and a Newhouse School Mirror Award for his 2010 Time Magazine cover story, "How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live."
Speaking of Steven's editorial prowess, check out this video based on Steven's book, Where Good Ideas Come From, which was named one of the best books of 2010 by The Economist.
Brian Farnham, Founding Editor-in-Chief
Brian was Editor-in-Chief of Time Out New York magazine before coming to Patch. Before that he worked for a variety of publications both online and off, including Details magazine, New York Magazine, and the old, dearly departed Sidewalk.com. He has written for numerous publications, from the New York Times magazine to Harper's Bazaar. He graduated from Bowdoin College and got an MFA in creative writing at Columbia University so he could put his novel in a drawer with distinction. He lives in Manhattan with his beautiful wife, adorable son, angelic daughter and the world's most dog-like cat. He’s proud as hell of what the Patch team has built.
Ken Paulson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the First Amendment Center
Ken Paulson is president and chief executive officer of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and in Washington, D.C.
Previously, Paulson served as the editor and senior vice president/news of USA Today. He is now a columnist on USA Today’s board of contributors, writing about First Amendment issues and the news media.
Throughout his career, Paulson has drawn on his background as both a journalist and lawyer, serving as the editor or managing editor of newspapers in five different states.
He also is past-president of the American Society of News Editors, the nation’s largest organization of news media leaders.
Paulson also was the host of the Emmy-honored television program “Speaking Freely,” seen in more than 60 PBS markets nationwide over five seasons, and the author of "Freedom Sings," a multimedia stage show celebrating the First Amendment that continues to tour the nation's campuses.
He was an early advocate of making newspaper content available online, launching online newspapers in both Florida and New York in 1993.
For 12 years, Paulson was a regular guest lecturer at the American Press Institute, speaking to more than 5,000 journalists about First Amendment issues. He was honored with the API Lifetime Service Award. In 2010 and 2011, he served as chair of the PBS Editorial Standards Review Committee.
In 2007, Paulson was named fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists, “the highest honor SPJ bestows upon a journalist for extraordinary contributions to the profession.” In 2008, he received the Robert S. Abbott Memorial Award for Meritorious Service in Mass Communications from the Southern Regional Press Institute. He has also been elected to the Illini Publishing Hall of Fame at the University of Illinois.
He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School. In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from American University.