Charlie just posted this blog entry centered on his new role on ajc.com.
ATLANTA (Oct. 5, 2014) - Long-time AJC newsman and bow-tie wearer Charlie Gay is about to tke over the powerful paper's Business department.
Gay, the paper's deputy managing editor, soon will add daily assignment editor for business to his duties. He will replace Chris Quinn, who assumed that position in March. Quinn wil shift to cover education, and Angela Tuck to features.
Gay will work closely with Henry Unger, the paper's player/coach/editor on the Business desk.
Charlie says the AJC will maintain its recent increased focus on commercial real estate and development, which is a very good thing. Reporter Scott Trubey has written scores of impactful CRE stories this year, even jumping into the normally boring industrial market for some good pieces.
"The big-picture story I want us to tell is that of metro Atlanta's economic recovery: the opportunities, the obstacles, the challenges ahead," Charlie tells Skyline Views. "Will we be the first Sunbelt city to plateau - to lose our mojo, as [Atlanta] Mayor [Kasim] Reed put it - or will we successfully navigate a path to greater prosperity? Commercial real estate and development are integral to telling that story."
We agree. Commercial real estate is to Atlanta what cars once were to Detroit and Microsoft is to sloppy (because of all the rain) Seattle.
A Washington & Lee grad and Savannah native, Gay joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1998 after stints at the dailies in St. Petersburg, Florida and Augusta and Valdosta, Georgia.
He is married to Jennifer Brett, who writes the wildly popular blog The Buzz on accessatlanta and ajc.com.
We look forward to getting together with Charlie to hear more about his plans.