Bert Roughton

I'm the senior managing editor. I've covered everything but the Braves.

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Opinion: Banning book is bad, misguided move
 Atticus Finch came alive for me on the beach a few miles down Highway 90 from Biloxi. So, it kinda struck a nerve when I read last weekend that the Biloxi School District had deleted “To Kill a Mockingbird” from the eighth-grade reading list. This decision, as you can imagine, sparked a firestorm. In my view, this book should...

Posted: 29 days ago

Atticus Finch came alive for me on the beach a few miles down Highway 90 from Biloxi. So, it kinda struck a nerve when I read last weekend that the Biloxi School District had deleted “To Kill a Mockingbird” from the eighth-grade reading list. This decision, as you can imagine, sparked a firestorm. In my view, this book should...
Opinion: The stages of grieving storm losses
 The seven stages of flooding. Sometime that afternoon, the first trickle slipped under the door. Our old life ended. Hurricane Irma brought the water from God knows where and filled our swollen marshes at high tide. The marsh channel across the street from our home – called with no irony Scenic Waterway – was dug decades ago to...

6:50 PM Friday, Oct. 06, 2017

The seven stages of flooding. Sometime that afternoon, the first trickle slipped under the door. Our old life ended. Hurricane Irma brought the water from God knows where and filled our swollen marshes at high tide. The marsh channel across the street from our home – called with no irony Scenic Waterway – was dug decades ago to...
Our role in the media landscape

7:00 PM Friday, Jul. 28, 2017

As each day unfolds, the AJC’s journalists make a million decisions. Reporters and editors, the ultimate experts, decide what stories to pursue. Photographers and videographers add their talents as required. We decide what and when to post online, which posts need fuller context and reporting and which to leave in the ephemeral world...
Opinion: Flyover country’s just fine, thanks
 Love it or hate it, you need not worry about The New York Times. Or the Washington Post, for that matter. While no newspaper is immune to the changes that have been wrenching the business for more than a decade, neither is close to failing. If anything, things look relatively rosy in both newsrooms. Both say their subscriptions are up. The...

7:00 PM Sunday, Jun. 04, 2017

Love it or hate it, you need not worry about The New York Times. Or the Washington Post, for that matter. While no newspaper is immune to the changes that have been wrenching the business for more than a decade, neither is close to failing. If anything, things look relatively rosy in both newsrooms. Both say their subscriptions are up. The...
Opinion: Refreshing outbreak of democracy in 6th district
 Whatever the outcome of the 6th District race, democracy wins. Sadly, the June 20 race is kind of a unicorn. It’s the rarest of rare because it actually offers a choice between truly competing visions of America. Generally, congressional races feature contests only between moderates and the more feral extremes of their parties. This...

7:00 PM Friday, Apr. 21, 2017

Whatever the outcome of the 6th District race, democracy wins. Sadly, the June 20 race is kind of a unicorn. It’s the rarest of rare because it actually offers a choice between truly competing visions of America. Generally, congressional races feature contests only between moderates and the more feral extremes of their parties. This...
OPINION: Good people will never yield to terror
 I’ve crossed that bridge so many times. When I worked as a foreign correspondent for this newspaper, my family lived in a village on the green edges of metropolitan London. When I had appointments in the city, I would take the train in to Waterloo Station. From there, I would take Westminster Bridge over the Thames to the complex of...

5:00 PM Friday, Mar. 24, 2017

I’ve crossed that bridge so many times. When I worked as a foreign correspondent for this newspaper, my family lived in a village on the green edges of metropolitan London. When I had appointments in the city, I would take the train in to Waterloo Station. From there, I would take Westminster Bridge over the Thames to the complex of...
Can we all agree fakery is a bad thing?

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016

You will find no fake news on these pages or on our websites. There. I’ve said it. It is deeply unsettling that anyone needs to point out that making up news is bad: Nevertheless, it needs saying: We do not make things up; and we do all we can to keep made up stuff from our readers. To be sure, fake news is hardly new or novel. Our...
Looking away may be greatest failing

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

The medical profession and the people who govern it stand indicted. Their crime: Indifference. The evidence is strong. For more than a year, AJC journalists have compiled an astonishing record of harm done to thousands of Americans, most of them women. Over and over again, the reporters have presented cases of doctors’ violating the...
When being on-site is risky work

4:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

In the dying sunlight the moment for the deadly hurricane was arriving. Jeremy Redmon, one of our best reporters, sent me a few images of the water rising steadily toward my house on St. Simons Island. As some of you may remember, in the days as Hurricane Matthew lumbered angrily toward Georgia, I wrote in this space about my anxieties over...
Hoping nature’s fury abates

4:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 08, 2016

Early Tuesday morning, I felt the first mild rush of anxiety. I was crossing the causeway from St. Simons Island to the mainland on the way back to Atlanta. You need to see these marshes in the early autumn light. In the sunrise the marsh grasses stood bright green with occasional hints of gold. Herons and egrets worked the muddy banks. These...