Katie Leslie

Katie Leslie covered Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, the Atlanta City Council and City Hall news for the AJC from 2007-2016.

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Daunting task to rebuild Atlanta’s westside
 Kelly Brown stands in the corner of a crowded banquet room, her camera rolling. Around the single mother of three, more than a hundred of Atlanta’s business and civic elite — a billionaire, a Fortune 500 CEO, a U.S. Attorney — file in for a summit on efforts to revive the neighborhoods around the rising Mercedes-Benz Stadium...

5:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 05, 2016

Kelly Brown stands in the corner of a crowded banquet room, her camera rolling. Around the single mother of three, more than a hundred of Atlanta’s business and civic elite — a billionaire, a Fortune 500 CEO, a U.S. Attorney — file in for a summit on efforts to revive the neighborhoods around the rising Mercedes-Benz Stadium...
Atlanta downtown civic group to study effects of casino gaming
 As casino interests pour money into Georgia lawmakers’ war chests in hopes of bringing gaming to Georgia, a downtown civic organization is moving forward with plans to study the effects of casinos on the region. Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District haven’t yet taken a position on gaming, but say...

10:00 PM Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

As casino interests pour money into Georgia lawmakers’ war chests in hopes of bringing gaming to Georgia, a downtown civic organization is moving forward with plans to study the effects of casinos on the region. Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District haven’t yet taken a position on gaming, but say...
Kasim Reed says progress being made on repeat offender problem
 Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says the city has made progress in addressing the issue of repeat criminal offenders, a problem that he believes is at the root of many public safety troubles. Reed has long blamed a small number of criminals for the bulk of serious offenses committed in Atlanta. For years, Reed criticized Fulton County judges, saying...

10:19 PM Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says the city has made progress in addressing the issue of repeat criminal offenders, a problem that he believes is at the root of many public safety troubles. Reed has long blamed a small number of criminals for the bulk of serious offenses committed in Atlanta. For years, Reed criticized Fulton County judges, saying...
Bill Clinton, Lewis sidestep Sanders in metro Atlanta event
 Former President Bill Clinton and Congressman John Lewis each made news in recent days as critics of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the democratic socialism-espousing politico challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. But on Saturday, before a crowd of nearly 800 packed into a North Clayton High School auditorium...

11:29 PM Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016

Former President Bill Clinton and Congressman John Lewis each made news in recent days as critics of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the democratic socialism-espousing politico challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. But on Saturday, before a crowd of nearly 800 packed into a North Clayton High School auditorium...
Kasim Reed unleashes on Vincent Fort
 Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed pulled no punches Thursday when asked about longtime rival and critic, State Sen. Vincent Fort. “Vincent Fort is one of the most disappointing human beings I’ve ever seen,” Reed told reporters and business folks at an Atlanta Press Club luncheon on Thursday, in response to a journalist’s question...

11:55 PM Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed pulled no punches Thursday when asked about longtime rival and critic, State Sen. Vincent Fort. “Vincent Fort is one of the most disappointing human beings I’ve ever seen,” Reed told reporters and business folks at an Atlanta Press Club luncheon on Thursday, in response to a journalist’s question...
Kasim Reed unleashes attack on “Wile E. Coyote” Vincent Fort
 Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed pulled no punches Thursday when asked about longtime rival and critic, State Sen. Vincent Fort. “Vincent Fort is one of the most disappointing human beings I’ve ever seen,” Reed told reporters and business folks at an Atlanta Press Club luncheon on Thursday, in response to a journalist’s question...

11:38 PM Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed pulled no punches Thursday when asked about longtime rival and critic, State Sen. Vincent Fort. “Vincent Fort is one of the most disappointing human beings I’ve ever seen,” Reed told reporters and business folks at an Atlanta Press Club luncheon on Thursday, in response to a journalist’s question...
Buckhead residents up in arms over polluted park
 Call it an overflow. Call it a discharge. Dan Phippen simply calls it a problem Raw sewage, its stench wafting from the playground in Atlanta Memorial Park near his Buckhead home. The father of young two children, who says he has dealt with the muck ever since moving to the neighborhood in 2013, is among those now calling on Mayor Kasim Reed&rsquo...

9:10 PM Tuesday, Feb. 09, 2016

Call it an overflow. Call it a discharge. Dan Phippen simply calls it a problem Raw sewage, its stench wafting from the playground in Atlanta Memorial Park near his Buckhead home. The father of young two children, who says he has dealt with the muck ever since moving to the neighborhood in 2013, is among those now calling on Mayor Kasim Reed&rsquo...
Westside Future Fund names longtime insider to top post
 John Ahmann, a longtime behind-the scenes-player in Atlanta political circles and a key fundraiser for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, has been named the head of the Westside Future Fund. Ahmann’s appointment to the organization, created to spearhead revitalization of the communities near the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, follows the abrupt...

5:59 PM Monday, Feb. 08, 2016

John Ahmann, a longtime behind-the scenes-player in Atlanta political circles and a key fundraiser for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, has been named the head of the Westside Future Fund. Ahmann’s appointment to the organization, created to spearhead revitalization of the communities near the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, follows the abrupt...
Kasim Reed calls for Fulton County to help address affordable housing
 Mayor Kasim Reed called on Fulton County officials to do more to address a growing affordable housing problem in Atlanta. In Thursday’s annual State of the City speech, during which he discussed topics ranging from crime to wage equity, Reed urged Fulton County to follow the city’s lead and require developers seeking taxpayer...

11:17 PM Thursday, Feb. 04, 2016

Mayor Kasim Reed called on Fulton County officials to do more to address a growing affordable housing problem in Atlanta. In Thursday’s annual State of the City speech, during which he discussed topics ranging from crime to wage equity, Reed urged Fulton County to follow the city’s lead and require developers seeking taxpayer...
Kasim Reed calls for Fulton to address affordable housing problem
 Mayor Kasim Reed called on Fulton County officials to do more to address a growing affordable housing problem in Atlanta. In Thursday’s annual State of the City speech, during which he discussed topics ranging from crime to wage equity, Reed urged Fulton County to follow the city’s lead and require developers seeking taxpayer...

9:53 PM Thursday, Feb. 04, 2016

Mayor Kasim Reed called on Fulton County officials to do more to address a growing affordable housing problem in Atlanta. In Thursday’s annual State of the City speech, during which he discussed topics ranging from crime to wage equity, Reed urged Fulton County to follow the city’s lead and require developers seeking taxpayer...
Reed to discuss State of the City Thursday
 Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is expected to lay out his administration’s plan for combating crime and tackling major redevelopment projects in his annual State of the City address on Thursday. In a preview of his speech with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier this week, Reed said that, while the city saw a 3 percent reduction in crime...

10:32 PM Wednesday, Feb. 03, 2016

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is expected to lay out his administration’s plan for combating crime and tackling major redevelopment projects in his annual State of the City address on Thursday. In a preview of his speech with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier this week, Reed said that, while the city saw a 3 percent reduction in crime...