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

Troubled Georgia nuclear project faces another fateful moment
 The future is again in question for a multi-billion expansion of Plant Vogtle in Georgia. But consumers are likely to pay for the nuclear power project even if it’s never completed. By the end of day Monday, energy organizations from around the state are supposed to vote on whether the expansion should be kept alive despite repeated...

Posted: a day ago

The future is again in question for a multi-billion expansion of Plant Vogtle in Georgia. But consumers are likely to pay for the nuclear power project even if it’s never completed. By the end of day Monday, energy organizations from around the state are supposed to vote on whether the expansion should be kept alive despite repeated...
Savannah port: storm may have a 'bit more impact' than thought
 Georgia port of Savannah officials had thought they would miss getting brushed by much of the remnants of Hurricane Florence. That view shifted some on Wednesday. It “looks like we may have a little bit more impact than we thought initially,” Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch said. Still, for the local...

Posted: 10 days ago

Georgia port of Savannah officials had thought they would miss getting brushed by much of the remnants of Hurricane Florence. That view shifted some on Wednesday. It “looks like we may have a little bit more impact than we thought initially,” Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch said. Still, for the local...
‘Giant’ in Ga. wine industry made fortune in pharmaceuticals 
 Don Panoz, a serial entrepreneur who helped build Georgia’s wine-making industry, launched motorsports businesses and founded the upscale Chateau Elan development in metro Atlanta’s exurbs, said earlier this year that the word retirement “isn’t in my vocabulary right now.” “I never become hostage to anything...

Posted: 11 days ago

Don Panoz, a serial entrepreneur who helped build Georgia’s wine-making industry, launched motorsports businesses and founded the upscale Chateau Elan development in metro Atlanta’s exurbs, said earlier this year that the word retirement “isn’t in my vocabulary right now.” “I never become hostage to anything...
Will your employer pay you to manage your own finances?
 Having a hard time paying your bills each month? There’s a growing chance that your employer wants to help, and not just by giving you a regular paycheck. For years, companies have tried to convince employees to improve their physical health. Now, U.S. companies are increasingly pushing workers to also improve their personal finances...

Posted: 16 days ago

Having a hard time paying your bills each month? There’s a growing chance that your employer wants to help, and not just by giving you a regular paycheck. For years, companies have tried to convince employees to improve their physical health. Now, U.S. companies are increasingly pushing workers to also improve their personal finances...
Buford confronts change after racial turmoil
 There are two powerful images for the city of Buford, the one most newcomers know and the one long-timers talk about. The one more people are familiar with is of a cherished, proudly independent small town with dressed up sidewalks and schools, with loving, committed teachers that draw parents from elsewhere in the suburbs of Gwinnett, Hall...

Posted: 21 days ago

There are two powerful images for the city of Buford, the one most newcomers know and the one long-timers talk about. The one more people are familiar with is of a cherished, proudly independent small town with dressed up sidewalks and schools, with loving, committed teachers that draw parents from elsewhere in the suburbs of Gwinnett, Hall...
EXCLUSIVE: Buford’s top leader — ‘My voice is on the tape’
 Buford’s longtime top elected official acknowledged on Friday that his voice is on an audio recording that captured a racist rant by a second man identified as the city’s then-schools superintendent.  But Phillip Beard, the chairman of the City Commission and the school board, said he does not remember hearing the racist...

Posted: 22 days ago

Buford’s longtime top elected official acknowledged on Friday that his voice is on an audio recording that captured a racist rant by a second man identified as the city’s then-schools superintendent.  But Phillip Beard, the chairman of the City Commission and the school board, said he does not remember hearing the racist...
In Buford, shaken community turns to football after racial tirade
 The glowing lights at Tom Riden Stadium offered a partial reprieve for Buford residents. This city is football hungry— the high school team a powerhouse — and Friday’s highly-anticipated home opener was expected to be the start of another winning season for the Wolves. But following a week of brutal disclosures, a sense...

Posted: 28 days ago

The glowing lights at Tom Riden Stadium offered a partial reprieve for Buford residents. This city is football hungry— the high school team a powerhouse — and Friday’s highly-anticipated home opener was expected to be the start of another winning season for the Wolves. But following a week of brutal disclosures, a sense...
Big U.S. music streamer picks Midtown Atlanta site
 New music and tech jobs are heading to Midtown Atlanta, this time to the former BellSouth headquarters along Peachtree Street. Pandora Media, the music streaming company, signed a lease for what will become a base for hundreds of employees in the 21-story Campanile tower, according to building owner Dewberry Group. That’s at the corner...

Posted: 29 days ago

New music and tech jobs are heading to Midtown Atlanta, this time to the former BellSouth headquarters along Peachtree Street. Pandora Media, the music streaming company, signed a lease for what will become a base for hundreds of employees in the 21-story Campanile tower, according to building owner Dewberry Group. That’s at the corner...
Kroger’s moves on plastic bags part of bigger trouble for disposables
 One-and-done plastics took another hit this week when the nation’s largest grocer, with a major presence in metro Atlanta, announced that it is phasing out use of plastic bags at its checkout counters nationwide. Kroger announced Thursday that it will stop putting groceries in single-use plastic bags by 2025. Company leaders hope...

Posted: 30 days ago

One-and-done plastics took another hit this week when the nation’s largest grocer, with a major presence in metro Atlanta, announced that it is phasing out use of plastic bags at its checkout counters nationwide. Kroger announced Thursday that it will stop putting groceries in single-use plastic bags by 2025. Company leaders hope...
Major grocery chain in Georgia dropping plastic bags
 The nation’s largest grocery chain, with a big presence in metro Atlanta, is dumping plastic bags. Kroger announced Thursday that it is phasing out use of single-use plastic bags throughout its company. It won’t be an overnight shift.   The supermarket owner said it expects the transition to reusable bags will be completed...

Posted: 30 days ago

The nation’s largest grocery chain, with a big presence in metro Atlanta, is dumping plastic bags. Kroger announced Thursday that it is phasing out use of single-use plastic bags throughout its company. It won’t be an overnight shift.   The supermarket owner said it expects the transition to reusable bags will be completed...
Boom in delivery drivers brings convenience, challenges
 Toby Ray, a Marietta grandmother and former banker, doesn’t drive a boxy truck or wear a brown uniform. But she has a lot in common with people who hoist boxes for UPS or other companies that have long dominated the U.S. delivery business. Most days, she heads to an Amazon center in Smyrna along with dozens or even hundreds of other...

7:29 PM Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018

Toby Ray, a Marietta grandmother and former banker, doesn’t drive a boxy truck or wear a brown uniform. But she has a lot in common with people who hoist boxes for UPS or other companies that have long dominated the U.S. delivery business. Most days, she heads to an Amazon center in Smyrna along with dozens or even hundreds of other...