Becca J. G. Godwin

Becca Godwin covers hyperlocal development. She holds an M.A. in Mass Communication from Georgia State University and a B.S. in Communication from Florida International University. She joined the AJC in 2016.

Latest from Becca J. G. Godwin

FAQs for power outage at Atlanta airport
 Power has been restored at the world’s busiest airport after a massive power outage Sunday afternoon left planes and passengers stranded for hours, forced airlines to cancel more than 1,100 flights and created a logistical nightmare during the already-busy holiday travel season. Here are frequently asked questions for anyone who...

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Power has been restored at the world’s busiest airport after a massive power outage Sunday afternoon left planes and passengers stranded for hours, forced airlines to cancel more than 1,100 flights and created a logistical nightmare during the already-busy holiday travel season. Here are frequently asked questions for anyone who...
MARTA bus makes New York Times list of 2017’s best internet moments
 The MARTA bus that blocked the Weather Channel’s broadcast of the Georgia Dome implosion just won what is essentially an Oscar for memes. The New York Times rounded up a short list of videos and memes that were “flashes of light” bringing “genuine joy into the world” in 2017.  The MARTA bus made the cut...

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The MARTA bus that blocked the Weather Channel’s broadcast of the Georgia Dome implosion just won what is essentially an Oscar for memes. The New York Times rounded up a short list of videos and memes that were “flashes of light” bringing “genuine joy into the world” in 2017.  The MARTA bus made the cut...
Study: 38 percent of Fulton County residents have debt in collections
 Thirty-eight percent of Fulton County residents have debt in collections, according to a recent Urban Institute study. The nonprofit published a national county-by-county map on the level of household debt. Debt in collections includes certain past-due credit lines  and unpaid bills reported to  credit bureaus.  Georgia&rsquo...

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Thirty-eight percent of Fulton County residents have debt in collections, according to a recent Urban Institute study. The nonprofit published a national county-by-county map on the level of household debt. Debt in collections includes certain past-due credit lines and unpaid bills reported to credit bureaus.  Georgia&rsquo...
East Point officer pulled unconscious man from car engulfed in flames
 An East Point officer pulled a man from a burning car after it crashed, according to a spokeswoman.  A passerby called 911 shortly after 1 a.m. Dec. 5 to say a car was on fire and a man was trapped inside. Sgt. Henry Smith was patrolling the area and went to 3651 Washington Road near Arlington Road. Smith found an unconscious man...

Posted: 2 days ago

An East Point officer pulled a man from a burning car after it crashed, according to a spokeswoman.  A passerby called 911 shortly after 1 a.m. Dec. 5 to say a car was on fire and a man was trapped inside. Sgt. Henry Smith was patrolling the area and went to 3651 Washington Road near Arlington Road. Smith found an unconscious man...
Traffic alert: Daytime road closures to take place near Chastain Park
 Temporary daytime road closures may impact traffic in northwest Atlanta next week. Crews will install and repair a stormwater drainage system on Hillside Drive between Broadland Road NW and Tuxedo Forest Drive NW. The closure near Chastain Park will take place Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Traffic control measures will be...

Posted: 2 days ago

Temporary daytime road closures may impact traffic in northwest Atlanta next week. Crews will install and repair a stormwater drainage system on Hillside Drive between Broadland Road NW and Tuxedo Forest Drive NW. The closure near Chastain Park will take place Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Traffic control measures will be...
See the extended hours for metro Atlanta post offices this weekend
 It’s here: The last full weekend before Christmas Eve.  So if you need to mail out gifts while also trying to get a million other things done, certain metro Atlanta post offices will offer extended hours this weekend to relieve some stress.  The following metro Atlanta post offices will offer extended hours on Saturday...

Posted: 2 days ago

It’s here: The last full weekend before Christmas Eve.  So if you need to mail out gifts while also trying to get a million other things done, certain metro Atlanta post offices will offer extended hours this weekend to relieve some stress.  The following metro Atlanta post offices will offer extended hours on Saturday...
Families form traditions with Greenbriar Mall’s African-American Santa
 Amid the stores, eateries and kiosks on Greenbriar Mall’s main level, there’s an easy-to-miss staircase that  leads to a sort of mini-museum. The lower level, which houses some management offices and a quiet lobby area, has a long wall banner that outlines the shopping center’s history and defining moments. One panel showcases...

Posted: 3 days ago

Amid the stores, eateries and kiosks on Greenbriar Mall’s main level, there’s an easy-to-miss staircase that leads to a sort of mini-museum. The lower level, which houses some management offices and a quiet lobby area, has a long wall banner that outlines the shopping center’s history and defining moments. One panel showcases...
Atlanta’s MailChimp named 2017 Company of the Year by Inc.
 Atlanta email marketing company MailChimp has been named the 2017 Company of the Year by Inc.   The business industry magazine credits the 17-year-old company for still being entirely owned by its co-founders and growing by more than $120 million every year. Its co-founder Ben Chestnut estimates that in 2017 it will post $525...

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Atlanta email marketing company MailChimp has been named the 2017 Company of the Year by Inc.   The business industry magazine credits the 17-year-old company for still being entirely owned by its co-founders and growing by more than $120 million every year. Its co-founder Ben Chestnut estimates that in 2017 it will post $525...
Katy Perry shows Christmas spirit by going to Miracle in Santa outfit
 Katy Perry had a busy schedule in Atlanta early this week.  On Monday, the entertainer visited patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta before renting out an insanely popular Christmas bar. The next night she performed at Phillips Arena, where she chirped about her love of playing in the city. Miracle, the holiday-themed...

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Katy Perry had a busy schedule in Atlanta early this week.  On Monday, the entertainer visited patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta before renting out an insanely popular Christmas bar. The next night she performed at Phillips Arena, where she chirped about her love of playing in the city. Miracle, the holiday-themed...
See the 2017 Christmas Eve hours for Atlanta malls
 Dear Procrastinators of Atlanta,  We have all the faith that you’ll have every gift wrapped by Dec. 24 this year.  However... Just in case you do end up needing to buy a few gifts last minute, here are the Christmas Eve hours for the major malls around town.   · Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road...

Posted: 4 days ago

Dear Procrastinators of Atlanta,  We have all the faith that you’ll have every gift wrapped by Dec. 24 this year.  However... Just in case you do end up needing to buy a few gifts last minute, here are the Christmas Eve hours for the major malls around town.   · Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road...
Fulton County launches free six-week diabetes self-management class
 Fulton County  is offering a program to help people who have diabetes learn better management to prevent complications related to the condition.  The free six-week “diabetes self-management” program begins in January. Each session, which will last about 2½ hours, will focus on healthy eating and exercise, how to deal...

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Fulton County is offering a program to help people who have diabetes learn better management to prevent complications related to the condition.  The free six-week “diabetes self-management” program begins in January. Each session, which will last about 2½ hours, will focus on healthy eating and exercise, how to deal...