“4 Questions Journalist Spotlight” with Sports Tech Writer Rick Limpert!

Each week, Atlanta public relations professional Mitch Leff of Leff & Associates presents his “4 Questions Journalist Spotlight,” a conversation with a journalist in the Atlanta market.

Mitch’s day job is providing public relations services, media training, and crisis communications, but he also operates Leff’s Atlanta Media (http://www.leffsatlantamedia.com) an online database with contact info for thousands of Atlanta-based journalists, and Mitch’s Media Match (www.mitchsmediamatch.com), a service that connects Atlanta journalists with local experts.

The Spotlight Shines Sports Tech Writer Rick Limpert!

Where do you think you’d find the top “sports tech” writer in the nation: NYC? Nope. LA? Nope. You know where this going: Metro Atlanta is home to Rick Limpert, the number one Sports Tech writer in the country!

Limpert has been received that “No. 1 Sports Tech Writer” ranking on two occasions. But he’s more than just someone who writes sports tech pieces for the likes of Yahoo, AJC, CBS Interactive and Sports Illustrated. His “Tech of Sports” podcast has run for more than seven years and he hosts iHeartRadio’s popular syndicated tech segment each weekend, heard on iHeartRadio stations around the world.

He also does the gadget segments on CBS 46, 11 Alive and FOX News. For years, he’s also joined CBS 13 WMAZ in Macon on weekend mornings with his take on tech and gadgets. You’ll also find him writing regularly for Georgia Followers.

Rick also runs his own sports media company where he runs media centers at sports events and activations all over North America. Follow his daily reviews on http://www.WirelessWednesday.live.

What kind of topics do you feel are most important to cover?

I love covering the “under the radar” stories nobody else seems interested in covering — from tech startups to that new app that could change our lives. When it comes to sports tech, there are so many items or products that got their start as a sports or fitness product and have made the transition to products we all use every day! As anyone who watches sports knows, there are a crazy number of human-interest stories in sports, so that has to be job security for me.

What’s new and different about what you’re doing?

New and different? It depends on how you define that. Every day is something new and different for me! Sports tech is still a bit of mystery to many people, but when I tell them I cover everything from apps to sports equipment along with stadiums and the entire fan experience spectrum, I see that many of them now “get it.”

What is the most challenging thing about your job?

Ask anyone who covers technology on any platform what the most challenging aspect of their job is, and I bet they answer something along the lines of “it’s fast paced” and “technology changes so fast.” I see new things every day and it is hard to keep up.

What’s the coolest thing about you?

I’m lucky. I get to do what I love! I love sports and really appreciate technology, so it’s blending two things that are important to me in a job. As a journalist, I get to do a lot of cool things. I’ve been in a boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather. I’ve run a 60-meter dash against Usain Bolt. I’ve been dunked on by Shaq, taken hot laps around Atlanta Motor Speedway with Chase Elliott, and the list goes on.

Companies and events now are very good about giving media access to experience what the athletes see and do. It’s a different perspective, but I love relaying what it’s like to sports fans and my readers/listeners. I’m also a loyal Green Bay Packers fan, so if you want to get in good with me, let’s talk Packers.

About You

Last Book Read: For the Good of the Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball, by former Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig.
Favorite Atlanta Restaurant: Love “The Freakin Incan” Peruvian food in Roswell and “Henry’s Louisiana Grill” a gem in Historic Downtown Acworth. Both are in my Top-10 anywhere in the country. Fresh and fun dining experiences.
Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Starbucks for iced coffee! When I’m in town, I love pulling out my laptop and working at Starbucks for part of the day. I used to frequent the one in Roswell, but now that I live in Cobb, the new one on Mars Hill Road in Acworth is very nice.
Local Getaway: Sports events in general, but tennis and golf. Reynolds Lake Oconee, Braves games, The BB&T Atlanta Open tennis tournament each summer at Atlantic Station.
Favorite Non-Work Hobby: I dabble in sports memorabilia collecting. I research and value vintage, game worn and autographed items, especially from events I’ve attended or athletes and coaches I know. People know I collect and sometimes they just give me stuff.
Twitter: @RickRoswell
Website: http://www.WirelessWednesday.live and RickLimpert.info

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“4 Questions Journalist Spotlight” with GPB’s Jade Abdul-Malik!

Each week, Atlanta public relations professional Mitch Leff of Leff & Associates presents his “4 Questions Journalist Spotlight,” a conversation with a journalist in the Atlanta market.

Mitch’s day job is providing public relations services, media training, and crisis communications, but he also operates Leff’s Atlanta Media (http://www.leffsatlantamedia.com) an online database with contact info for thousands of Atlanta-based journalists, and Mitch’s Media Match (www.mitchsmediamatch.com), a service that connects Atlanta journalists with local experts.

The Spotlight Shines on GPB’s Jade Abdul-Malik!

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“4 Questions Journalist Spotlight” with WSB Radio’s Ashley Frasca

Each week, Atlanta public relations professional Mitch Leff of Leff & Associates presents his “4 Questions Journalist Spotlight,” a conversation with a journalist in the Atlanta market.

Mitch’s day job is providing public relations services, media training, and crisis communications, but he also operates Leff’s Atlanta Media (http://www.leffsatlantamedia.com) an online database with contact info for thousands of Atlanta-based journalists, and Mitch’s Media Match (www.mitchsmediamatch.com), a service that connects Atlanta journalists with local experts.

The Spotlight Shines on WSB Radio’s Ashley Frasca!

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“4 Questions Journalist Spotlight” with WSB Radio’s Pete Combs

Each week, in partnership with Leff’s Atlanta Media (www.leffsatlantamedia.com), Atlanta Daybook presents our “Journalist Spotlight.” Atlanta public relations professional Mitch Leff of Leff & Associates offers a conversation with a journalist in the Atlanta market, asking them four questions that’ll help you learn more about local Atlanta media. What makes them tick? What’s new at their media outlet? What drives them?

Mitch operates Leff’s Atlanta Media (http://www.leffsatlantamedia.com) an online database with contact info for thousands of Atlanta-based journalists, and Mitch’s Media Match (www.mitchsmediamatch.com), a service that connects Atlanta journalists with local experts.

The Spotlight Shines on WSB Radio and ABC Radio Reporter Pete Combs!

Pete Combs is a reporter for WSB Radio in Atlanta. He started at WSB Radio in 2006 but took a three-year hiatus to work at KOMO Radio in sunny (not) Seattle before returning to WSB in 2018. Pete’s got decades in radio news, working at stations in Tulsa, Charlotte, Florida, and Washington.

When he returned to Atlanta last year, he told me that in addition to his WSB work he’d also be embedded with ABC Radio here in Atlanta. Turns out “embedded” isn’t nearly as racy as I thought. The deal is, he covers stories for the ABC Radio network out of Atlanta, around the region, and sometimes farther afield.

The Latest: Pete’s been fighting cancer the last few months. It’s been a tough battle, so I wanted to take this time to be thankful for his friendship. I know it’s a busy week, but take a second to drop an email (or better yet, a phone call) to Pete if you know him, or to someone else you haven’t talked with in a bit.

What kind of story or segment makes you proud?

In radio, I think we have to work harder to capture and keep someone’s attention, so I use words and sound to paint pictures. I’m most proud of stories that make someone say, “I felt like I was there. I could see it in my mind.” If I can do that, I’ve done my job. And I think I’m equally as proud of stories where people on both sides of an issue say, “You got it right.”

What’s new and different about what you’re doing?

That’s really three separate questions, because there’s so much going on with all three.

At WSB, things move much faster now. With an eye toward higher story count and much more concise reporting, a lot of the in-depth work I did before heading to Seattle three years ago [Editor’s Note: Combs worked for KOMO Radio in Seattle] just isn’t being done anymore. I mourn that—but I LOVE what I do at WSB. We are indeed fast-paced. The newscasts move at the speed of sound and are so richly packed with information. I think listeners are getting a remarkably wide range of stories, a bigger picture than ever before.

Reporting nationally for ABC gives me a chance to be on the front-lines of history on stories that are awe-inspiring and sometimes heartbreaking at the same time. Covering Hurricane Michael was like that, as was reporting on the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting. WSB listeners get “our man at the front” on these stories. I feel like I’m representing Atlanta when I cover these stories, bringing home the facts most important to our hometown audience.

At the same time, I’m growing my podcast company, EARFUL. We have three podcasts in production now and hope to begin production on two more in the next few weeks. To me, that’s storytelling without the limitations that constrain radio news stories to just 30-seconds.

AIN’s Tales from the Flight Deck (www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/podcasts) is a podcasts about pilots who find themselves in life-threatening situations and live to tell the tale. How they survived and what they learned from these hair-raising tales makes for a powerful podcast that appeals to both pilots and non-pilots alike.

NBAA’s Flight-Plan (www.nbaa.org/flight-plan) is evolving into a series of discussions with aviation’s top newsmakers about issues that affect pilots, cabin crewmembers, maintainers, dispatchers and schedulers and the people who keep them working at airports around the world. To me, that’s exciting in a very different but no less substantial way. Our website is http://www.myearful.com.

What’s the best and worst thing about your job?

The best thing is telling a really good story. The worst thing is telling a story that breaks my heart. Talking to victims of hurricanes, talking to the friends and families of those killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, I often found myself on the verge of tears. That’s when a law officer taught me that if you press your tongue really hard against the roof of your mouth, you can keep yourself from crying.

What’s the coolest thing about you?

If you ask my son, he’ll quickly tell you there’s NOTHING cool about me.

You know what I consider cool about me? The people closest to me. WSB News Director Chris Camp and our legendary Program Director, Pete Spriggs, comprise a radio dream-team. I couldn’t ask for a better, more supportive environment.

Same goes for the two people most prominent in my “other life” producing podcasts at EARFUL. My wife, Karen, is both my life’s greatest romance and president of EARFUL, LLC. John Carne, whom I met in Mrs. Sorg’s 9th grade science class at Montgomery Village Jr. High School in Gaithersburg, MD, is the most ethical man I know. He’s EARFUL’s business manager. He’s a remarkable and much-appreciated influence in my life.

About You
Last Book Read: Tom Robbins’ Skinny Legs and All
Favorite Atlanta Restaurant: Thompson Brothers’ BBQ in Smyrna—home of the best barbecued bologna to be found outside Tulsa County, OK.
Favorite Guilty Pleasure: BBQ bologna. Seriously, it’s amazing. You’ll never forgive yourself if you don’t try it.
Local Getaway: Hidalgo’s Mexican Bar and Grill in West Cobb (across from The Avenues)
Favorite Non-Work Hobby: Traveling with my wife, Karen and our dog, Stellas
Twitter: @reporterpete, @myearful

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“4 Questions Journalist Spotlight” with Georgia Hollywood Review’s Miles Neiman

Each week, Atlanta public relations professional Mitch Leff of Leff & Associates presents his “4 Questions Journalist Spotlight,” a conversation with a journalist in the Atlanta market.

Mitch’s day job is providing public relations services, media training, and crisis communications, but he also operates Leff’s Atlanta Media (http://www.leffsatlantamedia.com) an online database with contact info for thousands of Atlanta-based journalists, and Mitch’s Media Match (www.mitchsmediamatch.com), a service that connects Atlanta journalists with local experts.

The Spotlight Shines on the Georgia Hollywood Review’s Miles Neiman!

Miles Neiman is the founder and publisher of the Georgia Hollywood Review, a new magazine focused on Georgia’s entertainment industry. It’s published every other month, with the first issue premiering in early November.

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“4 Questions Journalist Spotlight” with 11Alive’s Ryan Dennis

Each week, Atlanta public relations professional Mitch Leff of Leff & Associates presents his “4 Questions Journalist Spotlight,” a conversation with a journalist in the Atlanta market.

Mitch’s day job is providing public relations services, media training, and crisis communications, but he also operates Leff’s Atlanta Media (http://www.leffsatlantamedia.com) an online database with contact info for thousands of Atlanta-based journalists, and Mitch’s Media Match (www.mitchsmediamatch.com), a service that connects Atlanta journalists with local experts.

The Spotlight Shines on WXIA TV’s Ryan Dennis!

Ryan Dennis is the lead producer for WXIA-TV/11Alive’s daily entertainment feature, “The A Scene.” He helped create the on-air and online feature, which is hosted on-air by Francesca Amiker. Every day, the segment covers news in film and television production in Georgia, music, and esports.

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“4 Questions Journalist Spotlight” with WABE’s Roxanne Scott!

Each week, Atlanta public relations professional Mitch Leff of Leff & Associates presents his “4 Questions Journalist Spotlight,” a conversation with a journalist in the Atlanta market.

Mitch’s day job is providing public relations services, media training, and crisis communications, but he also operates Leff’s Atlanta Media (http://www.leffsatlantamedia.com) an online database with contact info for thousands of Atlanta-based journalists, and Mitch’s Media Match (www.mitchsmediamatch.com), a service that connects Atlanta journalists with local experts.

The Spotlight Shines on WABE’s Roxanne Scott!

Roxanne Scott is a general assignment reporter at WABE News. She’s covered everything from the Stewart Detention Center to e-scooters. She’s been at WABE since 2018. Prior to that she was a reporter at the NPR station in Louisville, Kentucky. There her beats included the economy, immigration and education.

In her youth she travelled the world a bit. She was an elementary teacher in China and Mexico, and an editor/reporter in Ghana.

What kind of stories make you proud to be a journalist?

I like stories that have a sense of place or community. I’ve done stories about a Somali Mall in Louisville, male hairdressers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and a town named Santa Claus in Indiana.

What’s new and different about what you’re doing at WABE?

Traffic and distance weren’t issues when I lived in Kentucky. So, it was easy to go back to the newsroom most times to file a story. Here in Atlanta, I’ve filed stories from my car, coffee shops and in taquerias. I also do a lot more local government reporting in Atlanta.

What is the best and worst thing about your job?

Best: Since I do at least a story a day, it’s the best way for me to learn how Metro Atlanta works.
Worst: Since I do at least a story a day, sometimes I feel like I’m just scratching the surface

What’s the coolest thing about you?

Maybe that I used to live abroad. I lived in Costa Rica, Mexico, China and Ghana. Also, that I’m from New York!

About You
Last Book Read: “The Best American Food Writing 2018”
Favorite Atlanta Restaurant: Buteco
Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Making tacos (though I don’t really feel guilty about this)
Local Getaway: Jeju Sauna
Favorite Non-Work Hobby: Sewing
Twitter: @whosworld
Website: https://roxannescott.contently.com/

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