Meris Lutz

Local government reporter

Meris Lutz covers Cobb County politics and community news for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Before joining the AJC, she worked at the Marietta Daily Journal, and previously covered the Middle East for the Los Angeles Times and others. She graduated from Emory University.

Latest from Meris Lutz

Georgia Olympic wrestling official investigated over predator coach
 A year after a popular Cobb wrestling coach was convicted in Pennsylvania of sexually abusing young athletes, Georgia wrestling officials and school leaders have offered no explanation about why Ron Gorman was allowed to continue coaching despite warnings he was a predator. An investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published in...

Posted: 5 hours ago

A year after a popular Cobb wrestling coach was convicted in Pennsylvania of sexually abusing young athletes, Georgia wrestling officials and school leaders have offered no explanation about why Ron Gorman was allowed to continue coaching despite warnings he was a predator. An investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published in...
Metro Atlanta voters elect diverse candidates in local races
 The balance of power shifted in some suburban Atlanta communities Tuesday, mirroring demographic trends that have diversified the region and made it more competitive for Democrats.  The Gwinnett County Commission, which hasn’t had a Democrat in more than 30 years, gained two—one of them the first Asian American to serve on...

Posted: 5 days ago

The balance of power shifted in some suburban Atlanta communities Tuesday, mirroring demographic trends that have diversified the region and made it more competitive for Democrats.  The Gwinnett County Commission, which hasn’t had a Democrat in more than 30 years, gained two—one of them the first Asian American to serve on...
Half of Cobb residents say they would pay higher taxes for transit
 Transportation was the top concern for Cobb residents who took an Atlanta Regional Commission survey, with half saying they would be willing to pay more in taxes to fund regional transit expansion.  Nearly fifty percent of those surveyed from Cobb said expanding transit was the best long-term solution to the metro area’s traffic...

Posted: 9 days ago

Transportation was the top concern for Cobb residents who took an Atlanta Regional Commission survey, with half saying they would be willing to pay more in taxes to fund regional transit expansion.  Nearly fifty percent of those surveyed from Cobb said expanding transit was the best long-term solution to the metro area’s traffic...
Cobb approves reforms to employee pension plan
 Cobb County employees will receive at least 60 days notice before any changes to their pension can be adopted, one of several pension reforms approved by the Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting Tuesday.  The amendments were made in response to employee concerns, said County Manager Rob Hosack. Cobb’s pension program is...

Posted: 17 days ago

Cobb County employees will receive at least 60 days notice before any changes to their pension can be adopted, one of several pension reforms approved by the Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting Tuesday.  The amendments were made in response to employee concerns, said County Manager Rob Hosack. Cobb’s pension program is...
Momentum builds for local control in South Cobb
 More than two dozen residents stopped by the new Mableton Square one recent sunny afternoon to chart a future for the small park they hope will become the seed for a revitalized city center in the South Cobb community. Next door sits the gleaming new Mableton Elementary School, and down the road a bit are the old railroad tracks that slice...

Posted: 24 days ago

More than two dozen residents stopped by the new Mableton Square one recent sunny afternoon to chart a future for the small park they hope will become the seed for a revitalized city center in the South Cobb community. Next door sits the gleaming new Mableton Elementary School, and down the road a bit are the old railroad tracks that slice...
Viral video of pre-teen rapper apprehended by Cobb cop draws outrage
 A viral video showing a Cobb County police officer arresting a young black boy at the Cumberland Mall has drawn outrage online from some who say it’s merely the latest example of white officers being too aggressive with children of color. Cobb Police Chief Mike Register said the department has launched an internal investigation into...

Posted: 26 days ago

A viral video showing a Cobb County police officer arresting a young black boy at the Cumberland Mall has drawn outrage online from some who say it’s merely the latest example of white officers being too aggressive with children of color. Cobb Police Chief Mike Register said the department has launched an internal investigation into...
Battery Atlanta apartments sell for $156 million
 The Atlanta Braves’ development arm has sold three apartment buildings in The Battery Atlanta to Cortland, an Atlanta-based multifamily real estate firm. The Battery is the mixed-use development of apartments, retail and restaurants anchored by SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. According to a statement released by Cortland...

5:01 PM Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

The Atlanta Braves’ development arm has sold three apartment buildings in The Battery Atlanta to Cortland, an Atlanta-based multifamily real estate firm. The Battery is the mixed-use development of apartments, retail and restaurants anchored by SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. According to a statement released by Cortland...
Cobb expands plans for first equestrian park
 Cobb took a big step Tuesday toward turning Violet F. Stout Park into the county’s first public equestrian facility with the purchase of an additional 87 acres of greenspace.  The $2.6 million acquisition significantly expands the park, which is located near Powder Springs in southwest Cobb, to 304 acres. The new addition is part...

8:26 PM Tuesday, Oct. 09, 2018

Cobb took a big step Tuesday toward turning Violet F. Stout Park into the county’s first public equestrian facility with the purchase of an additional 87 acres of greenspace.  The $2.6 million acquisition significantly expands the park, which is located near Powder Springs in southwest Cobb, to 304 acres. The new addition is part...
Georgia reacts as Senate confirms Kavanaugh
 If there was one thing local supporters and opponents of Brett Kavanaugh could agree on Saturday, it was that his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court would galvanize their political allies to show up at the polls this fall. The sexual assault allegations levied against Kavanaugh and Congress’ handling of them have laid bare the deep...

9:11 PM Saturday, Oct. 06, 2018

If there was one thing local supporters and opponents of Brett Kavanaugh could agree on Saturday, it was that his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court would galvanize their political allies to show up at the polls this fall. The sexual assault allegations levied against Kavanaugh and Congress’ handling of them have laid bare the deep...
Protesters turn out in Atlanta against Judge Kavanaugh
 Dozens of protesters began gathering Saturday morning at Atlanta’s Woodruff Park to voice opposition to the likely confirmation later in the day of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Amid chants of “We vote, we vote,” the crowd began marching toward the federal courthouse after 11 a.m. Andrew Powell, 32, from Decatur...

3:29 PM Saturday, Oct. 06, 2018

Dozens of protesters began gathering Saturday morning at Atlanta’s Woodruff Park to voice opposition to the likely confirmation later in the day of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Amid chants of “We vote, we vote,” the crowd began marching toward the federal courthouse after 11 a.m. Andrew Powell, 32, from Decatur...
Cobb weighs foray into affordable housing program
 Cobb is considering its first affordable housing incentive amid concerns about a dearth of homes within reach of low and middle income workers. The proposal is being hailed as an important first step by affordable housing advocates who say they would like to see the county do more. Others oppose the change, fearing the proposal would cause...

10:36 AM Friday, Oct. 05, 2018

Cobb is considering its first affordable housing incentive amid concerns about a dearth of homes within reach of low and middle income workers. The proposal is being hailed as an important first step by affordable housing advocates who say they would like to see the county do more. Others oppose the change, fearing the proposal would cause...