Matt Kempner

Business columnist

Matt Kempner is the AJC’s sometimes irreverent business columnist, who enjoys finding  the twists behind our adventures with business, money and careers. Prior to his latest assignment, he wrote a regular column on intriguing entrepreneurs and reported on technology and energy. His career has included serving as a business editor and public editor as well as lots of reporting gigs, from business investigations to politics, government and the environment.  You can follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mattkempnercolumnist or on Twitter: @Mattkempner 

Latest from Matt Kempner

Kempner: Arthur Blank only cautiously bets on soccer fans in Gwinnett
 Atlanta United proved that a shockingly large number of metro Atlantans are willing — anxious even — to pay good money to go wild at pro soccer games. But a top official for owner Arthur Blank is toning down expectations as they press their luck and dig deeper into the world’s most popular sport. The organization, which...

Posted: 3 days ago

Atlanta United proved that a shockingly large number of metro Atlantans are willing — anxious even — to pay good money to go wild at pro soccer games. But a top official for owner Arthur Blank is toning down expectations as they press their luck and dig deeper into the world’s most popular sport. The organization, which...
VIDEO: Falcons owner Arthur Blank shares Georgia Dome memories 
 Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank shared his favorite memories about the Georgia Dome, which is scheduled to be imploded Monday. “It’s going to happen in 12 seconds,” he told me, “but it’s a happy/sad moment.” Check out Blank’s quick memories in the video above. Meanwhile, it’s almost...

Posted: 3 days ago

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank shared his favorite memories about the Georgia Dome, which is scheduled to be imploded Monday. “It’s going to happen in 12 seconds,” he told me, “but it’s a happy/sad moment.” Check out Blank’s quick memories in the video above. Meanwhile, it’s almost...
Kempner: How a big, fat tax break from D.C. might curb generosity
 One big item in Republican tax plans would make figuring out our individual income taxes a little less crazy. But it comes at a price. So here’s a basic question millions of Americans may soon face, one that highlights the link between behavior and money: Will we donate less to charities if it’s harder to get a tax break for doing...

Posted: 5 days ago

One big item in Republican tax plans would make figuring out our individual income taxes a little less crazy. But it comes at a price. So here’s a basic question millions of Americans may soon face, one that highlights the link between behavior and money: Will we donate less to charities if it’s harder to get a tax break for doing...
Kempner: New trust issues arise between CNN and President Trump?
 We always knew there were trust issues between Donald Trump and CNN. Now, some people are looking for the president’s fingerprints on action that could undercut the network. News outlets reported that the U.S. Department of Justice told AT&T it will try to block the company’s purchase of Time Warner unless AT&T makes a brutal...

Posted: 11 days ago

We always knew there were trust issues between Donald Trump and CNN. Now, some people are looking for the president’s fingerprints on action that could undercut the network. News outlets reported that the U.S. Department of Justice told AT&T it will try to block the company’s purchase of Time Warner unless AT&T makes a brutal...
Kempner: CEO of Georgia powerhouse skips the whole apology thing
 If you made a giant mess that your neighbors were going to end up paying for, would you take a moment to apologize to them? Perhaps at least mumble something about “regret”? Georgia Power’s CEO did not utter such words the other day. Not even close. CEO Paul Bowers made a rare personal appearance at a hearing before...

Posted: 12 days ago

If you made a giant mess that your neighbors were going to end up paying for, would you take a moment to apologize to them? Perhaps at least mumble something about “regret”? Georgia Power’s CEO did not utter such words the other day. Not even close. CEO Paul Bowers made a rare personal appearance at a hearing before...
Kempner: Time to decide if you pay more for Georgia’s nuclear debacle
 Don’t read beyond this sentence if you don’t pay a power bill in Georgia and never will. Otherwise, get your wallet out. There’s a bit of show biz about to start Monday in hearings with elected state regulators. When it’s over, it’s likely to end up costing you and your Georgia descendents for decades to come...

Posted: 17 days ago

Don’t read beyond this sentence if you don’t pay a power bill in Georgia and never will. Otherwise, get your wallet out. There’s a bit of show biz about to start Monday in hearings with elected state regulators. When it’s over, it’s likely to end up costing you and your Georgia descendents for decades to come...
Kempner: Who do you trust more with your key, Amazon or your neighbor?
 My wife and I have almost always given neighbors our house keys to keep. That’s because we are infinitely needy, and they are infinitely fantastic people. (We nicknamed one “Jesus.”) Now, Amazon wants our keys, too. It’s launching a service called Amazon Key, in which, at your request, it can remotely, electronically...

Posted: 25 days ago

My wife and I have almost always given neighbors our house keys to keep. That’s because we are infinitely needy, and they are infinitely fantastic people. (We nicknamed one “Jesus.”) Now, Amazon wants our keys, too. It’s launching a service called Amazon Key, in which, at your request, it can remotely, electronically...
Kempner: Atlanta airport spends jaw-dropping money for fancy umbrella
 The domestic terminal at the world’s busiest airport isn’t exactly a looker from the outside. Most travelers probably are too focused on making their flights or trying to remember if they brought the travel-size toothpaste to care about street aesthetics outside Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta We-Can’t-Even-Remember-What-It Looks-Like-From-The-Outside...

Posted: 26 days ago

The domestic terminal at the world’s busiest airport isn’t exactly a looker from the outside. Most travelers probably are too focused on making their flights or trying to remember if they brought the travel-size toothpaste to care about street aesthetics outside Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta We-Can’t-Even-Remember-What-It Looks-Like-From-The-Outside...
Kempner: How Cobb, Gwinnett and N. Fulton lost 50,000 Amazon jobs
 It’s probably too late for most of us in metro Atlanta’s biggest suburbs to get off our fannies and make Amazon love us enough. Too bad: 50,000 jobs would have been wondrous for Cobb, Gwinnett, much of north Fulton and most of the other communities out here. That’s just the latest price of our dithering on creating...

5:26 PM Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

It’s probably too late for most of us in metro Atlanta’s biggest suburbs to get off our fannies and make Amazon love us enough. Too bad: 50,000 jobs would have been wondrous for Cobb, Gwinnett, much of north Fulton and most of the other communities out here. That’s just the latest price of our dithering on creating...
Kempner: Which of these startups will be a billion-dollar business?
 If you know anyone who’s started a business, you know being an entrepreneur trying to market something cool and new can be brutally hard. And mighty expensive. Which is why the last couple weeks have been big ones for owners of some Georgia startups. Dozens exhibited and pitched their businesses to investors or potential customers at...

6:51 PM Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

If you know anyone who’s started a business, you know being an entrepreneur trying to market something cool and new can be brutally hard. And mighty expensive. Which is why the last couple weeks have been big ones for owners of some Georgia startups. Dozens exhibited and pitched their businesses to investors or potential customers at...
Kempner: One Atlanta suburb’s goal? Ditch ugly; embrace charming
 Lawrenceville, the county seat of Gwinnett and the oldest incorporated city in metro Atlanta, doesn’t have a monopoly on ugly. For decades, though, it didn’t seem like it opposed the concept. The historic square downtown was nicely rehabbed years ago. Good restaurants and a popular theater have taken root there. But pawnshops...

10:23 AM Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Lawrenceville, the county seat of Gwinnett and the oldest incorporated city in metro Atlanta, doesn’t have a monopoly on ugly. For decades, though, it didn’t seem like it opposed the concept. The historic square downtown was nicely rehabbed years ago. Good restaurants and a popular theater have taken root there. But pawnshops...