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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

Despite earlier ‘well protected’ claim, Ga. Power customers face nuclear risk
 Westinghouse Electric’s recent bankruptcy filing has further scrambled the future of Georgia Power’s massive nuclear construction project, four years after the power company assured regulators it would be “well protected” in such a scenario. Now, Georgia Power’s parent, Southern Company, is...

Posted: 19 hours ago

Westinghouse Electric’s recent bankruptcy filing has further scrambled the future of Georgia Power’s massive nuclear construction project, four years after the power company assured regulators it would be “well protected” in such a scenario. Now, Georgia Power’s parent, Southern Company, is...
Kempner: Radioactive question looms over Georgia’s nuclear mess at Vogtle
 Georgia’s nuclear mess is about to get way messier now that the chief contractor on the Plant Vogtle expansion has fled to bankruptcy court. So a new race is underway to see who can nab enough bubble wrap to insulate themselves from a fresh round of costly shocks. So far, Georgia Power has sidestepped virtually all of the financial...

Posted: a day ago

Georgia’s nuclear mess is about to get way messier now that the chief contractor on the Plant Vogtle expansion has fled to bankruptcy court. So a new race is underway to see who can nab enough bubble wrap to insulate themselves from a fresh round of costly shocks. So far, Georgia Power has sidestepped virtually all of the financial...
Southern Co. CEO faces shareholders, says Vogtle decision coming
 Despite headlines about cost overruns and delays at its Georgia nuclear project and a new Mississippi plant, Southern Company “continues to perform beautifully,” CEO Tom Fanning told shareholders Wednesday. But Fanning also disclosed that it will take more time than expected for the Atlanta-based parent of Georgia Power and other...

Posted: 2 days ago

Despite headlines about cost overruns and delays at its Georgia nuclear project and a new Mississippi plant, Southern Company “continues to perform beautifully,” CEO Tom Fanning told shareholders Wednesday. But Fanning also disclosed that it will take more time than expected for the Atlanta-based parent of Georgia Power and other...
Southern Co. CEO: More time needed for new Vogtle plan
 Despite headlines about cost overruns and delays at its Georgia nuclear project and a new Mississippi plant, Southern Company “continues to perform beautifully” overall, CEO Tom Fanning told shareholders Wednesday. But Fanning also said it will take more time than expected for the Atlanta-based parent of Georgia Power and other...

Posted: 2 days ago

Despite headlines about cost overruns and delays at its Georgia nuclear project and a new Mississippi plant, Southern Company “continues to perform beautifully” overall, CEO Tom Fanning told shareholders Wednesday. But Fanning also said it will take more time than expected for the Atlanta-based parent of Georgia Power and other...
Big shift coming for TV? Kill some networks, CEO says
 The head of one of the nation’s biggest cable TV empires says it’s time to say goodbye to a bunch of competing television networks.  Turner CEO John Martin, who oversees TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, TNT and other channels, is continuing calls for cable providers to slash how many networks they carry, perhaps leaving only...

Posted: 7 days ago

The head of one of the nation’s biggest cable TV empires says it’s time to say goodbye to a bunch of competing television networks.  Turner CEO John Martin, who oversees TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, TNT and other channels, is continuing calls for cable providers to slash how many networks they carry, perhaps leaving only...
Kempner: Turner CEO gathers intel on you; Promises ‘personalized’ TV
 He’s a bit profane, adores Taco Bell and runs one of the biggest cable TV empires in the nation. Oh, and John Martin, Turner’s first-ever New York-based CEO, thinks there are too many television networks and a a bunch of “s****y” ones should die. Just not any of his. Which is probably a good thing for Atlanta...

Posted: 9 days ago

He’s a bit profane, adores Taco Bell and runs one of the biggest cable TV empires in the nation. Oh, and John Martin, Turner’s first-ever New York-based CEO, thinks there are too many television networks and a a bunch of “s****y” ones should die. Just not any of his. Which is probably a good thing for Atlanta...
In Uber fight, Georgia court stomps taxi drivers’ bid for government money
 Atlanta taxi drivers, battered by Uber and Lyft, sued to get Georgia to compensate them for what they contended was a government “taking.”  A Georgia Supreme Court ruling this week tossed that attempt. The justices were unanimous. The taxi drivers wanted to get paid for the diminished value of city-issued taxi medallions...

Posted: 9 days ago

Atlanta taxi drivers, battered by Uber and Lyft, sued to get Georgia to compensate them for what they contended was a government “taking.”  A Georgia Supreme Court ruling this week tossed that attempt. The justices were unanimous. The taxi drivers wanted to get paid for the diminished value of city-issued taxi medallions...
Kempner: Uber-fighting cabbies get schooled by Ga. Supreme Court
 Atlanta taxi drivers, who’ve already had their lunches eaten by Uber and Lyft, just learned a painful lesson about government regulation. You can’t count on it to save your financial neck. On Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court agreed with a lower court ruling, essentially killing a proposed class-action lawsuit brought by...

Posted: 11 days ago

Atlanta taxi drivers, who’ve already had their lunches eaten by Uber and Lyft, just learned a painful lesson about government regulation. You can’t count on it to save your financial neck. On Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court agreed with a lower court ruling, essentially killing a proposed class-action lawsuit brought by...
Kempner: Why Atlanta’s best mall just dumped its flashiest tradition
 The July 4th fireworks at Atlanta’s Lenox Square mall were supposedly the biggest in the Southeast, at least back in the day. Now that the Buckhead mall has announced that it’s abruptly ending that 57-year-old tradition, we’re left to wonder whether the fireworks show was more smoke than fire. Because, otherwise, why...

Posted: 15 days ago

The July 4th fireworks at Atlanta’s Lenox Square mall were supposedly the biggest in the Southeast, at least back in the day. Now that the Buckhead mall has announced that it’s abruptly ending that 57-year-old tradition, we’re left to wonder whether the fireworks show was more smoke than fire. Because, otherwise, why...
I-85 fix: Damaged local businesses seek compensation
 With Atlanta’s I-85 bridge about to reopen, local businesses are struggling to dig out of damage caused by a month and a half of traffic gridlock. Some want compensation or at least marketing help to win back customers scared off by congestion. But getting cold hard government cash is tough.  A new city survey shows more than ...

Posted: 16 days ago

With Atlanta’s I-85 bridge about to reopen, local businesses are struggling to dig out of damage caused by a month and a half of traffic gridlock. Some want compensation or at least marketing help to win back customers scared off by congestion. But getting cold hard government cash is tough.  A new city survey shows more than ...
Kempner: I-85 returns, but who will bail out the hurt businesses?
 With the I-85 bridge in Atlanta expected to reopen Monday if not sooner, small business owners clobbered by the month-and-a-half-long traffic mess have a nagging question: Will anyone help them get back on their feet? Some want compensation from the government or maybe a tax break or just marketing help to let Atlantans know...

Posted: 16 days ago

With the I-85 bridge in Atlanta expected to reopen Monday if not sooner, small business owners clobbered by the month-and-a-half-long traffic mess have a nagging question: Will anyone help them get back on their feet? Some want compensation from the government or maybe a tax break or just marketing help to let Atlantans know...