Bo Emerson

staff writer

I'm an Atlanta native and a long-time AJC feature and news writer. (At my first newspaper job, in South Carolina, we used typewriters, copy paper and glue pots.) I've covered everything from Prince's Purple Rain tour to the Olympic bombing. I'm married to columnist Maureen Downey and we have four children.

Latest from Bo Emerson

New theater company christens new Sandy Springs performance space
 A new theater in the artfully-designed downtown of Sandy Springs will help the young city develop a destination for visitors. It will also give rise to the metro area’s newest professional theater company. Construction on the Performing Arts Center at City Springs is expected to be complete by June, and the center has already booked...

Posted: 3 days ago

A new theater in the artfully-designed downtown of Sandy Springs will help the young city develop a destination for visitors. It will also give rise to the metro area’s newest professional theater company. Construction on the Performing Arts Center at City Springs is expected to be complete by June, and the center has already booked...
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Atlanta: Other historic sites
 The life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is entwined with the city of Atlanta. King’s birthplace, his home church and a cultural center devoted to his memory are among the historic sites clustered in the King Historic District near downtown Atlanta. But there are locations elsewhere in Atlanta that also witnessed history, and played...

Posted: 4 days ago

The life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is entwined with the city of Atlanta. King’s birthplace, his home church and a cultural center devoted to his memory are among the historic sites clustered in the King Historic District near downtown Atlanta. But there are locations elsewhere in Atlanta that also witnessed history, and played...
How to avoid fake tickets to the championship game
 How do you avoid buying fake tickets to the Jan. 8 College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Atlanta? Counterfeits have been a problem. Last year, three brothers turned vigilantes when a scalper sold them fake tickets to the Alabama/Clemson game in Tampa. Scalpers created fake tickets to the Georgia/Auburn SEC championship...

Posted: 12 days ago

How do you avoid buying fake tickets to the Jan. 8 College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Atlanta? Counterfeits have been a problem. Last year, three brothers turned vigilantes when a scalper sold them fake tickets to the Alabama/Clemson game in Tampa. Scalpers created fake tickets to the Georgia/Auburn SEC championship...
Atlanta’s big arts events in 2018
 Atlanta’s cultural institutions expanded like crazy in 2017, but much of the growing was happening behind the scenes. In 2018, some evidence of those changes will be revealed to Atlanta audiences. Here are a few significant events to come this year: After a $22 million renovation that transformed the theater from top to bottom, the...

Posted: 12 days ago

Atlanta’s cultural institutions expanded like crazy in 2017, but much of the growing was happening behind the scenes. In 2018, some evidence of those changes will be revealed to Atlanta audiences. Here are a few significant events to come this year: After a $22 million renovation that transformed the theater from top to bottom, the...
UGA fan’s wife finds just the ticket to his Christmas Day elation
 Charlie Bibb has always been a fan of University of Georgia football, since Herschel Walker, but this year, for the first time, he bought season tickets. It had been a painful year and the games were a soothing distraction. The Warner Robins native was rewarded with an outstanding season and the spectacle of seeing UGA in the playoffs. Knowing...

Posted: 17 days ago

Charlie Bibb has always been a fan of University of Georgia football, since Herschel Walker, but this year, for the first time, he bought season tickets. It had been a painful year and the games were a soothing distraction. The Warner Robins native was rewarded with an outstanding season and the spectacle of seeing UGA in the playoffs. Knowing...
What tops Georgian’s shopping list at Walmart?
 You can learn a lot about someone by the way they shop, and Walmart keeps careful track. In North Dakota, for example, lots of people like watermelon flavored gum. In Maine it’s brownie mix. As strange as it may seem, those items were among the top 25 items bought at Walmarts in those respective states. The retailer just released...

Posted: 17 days ago

You can learn a lot about someone by the way they shop, and Walmart keeps careful track. In North Dakota, for example, lots of people like watermelon flavored gum. In Maine it’s brownie mix. As strange as it may seem, those items were among the top 25 items bought at Walmarts in those respective states. The retailer just released...
Peach Drop to feature TLC, Jeezy and Tyrese
 Jeezy, TLC and Tyrese are among the entertainers who will help Atlanta ring in the new year, during the annual downtown party called the Peach Drop. Atlanta’s traditional New Year’s Eve celebration moves from Underground Atlanta to Woodruff Park this weekend, but revelers can expect many of the familiar elements from past...

Posted: 18 days ago

Jeezy, TLC and Tyrese are among the entertainers who will help Atlanta ring in the new year, during the annual downtown party called the Peach Drop. Atlanta’s traditional New Year’s Eve celebration moves from Underground Atlanta to Woodruff Park this weekend, but revelers can expect many of the familiar elements from past...
Pasadena offers plenty of options while waiting for the big game
 You’re going to be busy if you’re traveling to Pasadena to see the Dogs play the Sooners. Beginning at 8 a.m., Jan. 1, you’re going to want to see the Rose Parade, a momentous display of pomp, brass and botanicals, but you’d better get up early because some streets around the parade will be closed — even...

Posted: 19 days ago

You’re going to be busy if you’re traveling to Pasadena to see the Dogs play the Sooners. Beginning at 8 a.m., Jan. 1, you’re going to want to see the Rose Parade, a momentous display of pomp, brass and botanicals, but you’d better get up early because some streets around the parade will be closed — even...
First Person: ‘Nutcracker’ lives not just on stages, but in families’ hearts
 An hour into “The Nutcracker” by the Atlanta Ballet, I looked over at my 3-year-old grandchild, Eleanor Emerson Pratt, and saw her eyes, like two big blue headlights, fixed on the stage, her hand deep in a giant-sized bucket of popcorn. She wasn’t wriggling. She wasn’t whining. She was transfixed. The magically...

Posted: 25 days ago

An hour into “The Nutcracker” by the Atlanta Ballet, I looked over at my 3-year-old grandchild, Eleanor Emerson Pratt, and saw her eyes, like two big blue headlights, fixed on the stage, her hand deep in a giant-sized bucket of popcorn. She wasn’t wriggling. She wasn’t whining. She was transfixed. The magically...
What do teachers want most: a guide to good gifts
 Many students love their teachers and want to give them holiday gifts. But do teachers really need another coffee mug? They don’t. It’s hard to figure out what to buy them, however, because most teachers will tell you that a child who excels is their best reward. For those of you who are going to shop anyway. here are a few...

Posted: 25 days ago

Many students love their teachers and want to give them holiday gifts. But do teachers really need another coffee mug? They don’t. It’s hard to figure out what to buy them, however, because most teachers will tell you that a child who excels is their best reward. For those of you who are going to shop anyway. here are a few...
Airport scenes: Those caught in the power outage
 Rick and Tammy Horton had spent 10 days in Georgia celebrating Tammy’s 60th birthday. First, there was a snowy weekend in the mountains. Then, they traveled to Tybee Island and Savannah. On Sunday, they were supposed to fly to Minneapolis so they could drive back to home. That was before the world’s busiest airport came to a standstill...

Posted: 29 days ago

Rick and Tammy Horton had spent 10 days in Georgia celebrating Tammy’s 60th birthday. First, there was a snowy weekend in the mountains. Then, they traveled to Tybee Island and Savannah. On Sunday, they were supposed to fly to Minneapolis so they could drive back to home. That was before the world’s busiest airport came to a standstill...