Rick Badie

Rick Badie joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as an education reporter in 1997. A South Georgia native, he’s covered the region’s immigrant communities, was a feature obituary writer and opinion columnist for the AJC’s Gwinnett edition. He is a moderator of conversations on the AJC's Atlanta Forward page.

Latest from Rick Badie

Atlanta Forward: Leadership

6:00 PM Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

Today’s topic focuses on mass shootings in America — which occur frequently and under similar circumstances — and ways society should address them. An Atlanta educator suggests that, since many shooters are school-age students, society should rethink its approach by becoming a community that embraces, listens and show support...
WEDNESDAY CONVERSATION: REGIONAL ECONOMY

11:00 PM Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

Today, one of our region’s “technology ambassadors” gives his outlook on the new year for Atlanta’s growing financial and entreprenuerial technology sectors, all while citing keen interest from global investors. The companion column looks at a growing economic sector that advocates call “Transaction Alley,&rdquo...
Regional Economy
 Writers today explore breathing new vitality into Atlanta's historic, struggling Westside.

11:00 PM Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

Writers today explore breathing new vitality into Atlanta's historic, struggling Westside.
Religious Liberty debate

11:00 PM Tuesday, Dec. 08, 2015

We offer differing views on whether a Ga. religious liberty law would ding our economy.
Leadership

7:00 PM Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Thanking citizen-soldiers for their service and HUD's secretary speaks to housing here.
Atlanta Forward: Leadership

7:00 PM Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

“Integrity-based policing” is the mission of the Powder Springs Police Department. To that end, the department and Cobb County police joined forces to present “Bridge the Gap,” community gatherings to discuss procedure and address residents’ concerns. Our lead column, written by the Powder Springs police chief...
Atlanta Forward: Regional economy

7:00 PM Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

Let’s peer in to our technological future and see what awaits us. Top experts recently gathered at Georgia Tech to do just that, and surmised we must embrace computational literacy if we are to comprehend devices that allow the blind to see and the deaf to hear. Today, a Tech dean writes about the new generation of computing and its...
Thursday Conversation: Leadership
 In our lead column, medical experts entrenched in the AIDS battle stress the importance of HIV testing as a first step toward curbing the disease. And, with Year Three of open enrollment for health exchanges underway, an advocate writes about her nonprofit’s efforts to sign up immigrant populations for care. Finally, the third essay...

12:00 AM Thursday, Nov. 05, 2015

In our lead column, medical experts entrenched in the AIDS battle stress the importance of HIV testing as a first step toward curbing the disease. And, with Year Three of open enrollment for health exchanges underway, an advocate writes about her nonprofit’s efforts to sign up immigrant populations for care. Finally, the third essay...
Forest industry and new poverty assessment tool

12:00 AM Wednesday, Nov. 04, 2015

Georgia's foresters explain benefits of trees as an industry. Another piece explains the Human Needs Index, a new tool to help address poverty.
Regional Economy

10:00 PM Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

The old GM Doraville land is slated to become a massive development known as the Assembly. We also look at property rights around leases for film production.