November 2017 cover of Atlanta
Editor-in-chiefBetsy Riley[1]
PublisherSean McGinnis
Total circulation
(December 2013)
First issueMay 1961 (1961-05)
CompanyHour Media Group, LLC
CountryUnited States
Based inAtlanta, Georgia

Atlanta is a monthly general-interest magazine based in Atlanta, Georgia, and owned by Hour Media Group, LLC. Its staff has featured notable writers such as Hollis Gillespie, Anne Rivers Siddons, and William Diehl, and it has included contributions from Pat Conroy, Rebecca Burns, Terry Kay, and Melissa Fay Greene.[3] It is a member of the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA).[4] Atlanta also publishes the travel magazine Southbound.[5]


The Atlanta Chamber of Commerce founded the magazine "City Builder" in 1916 which ran until 1960.[6] It was succeeded by Atlanta, founded in 1961[7] under the editorship of Jim Townsend.[3] It was sold in 1970,[3] and changed hands several times over the next two decades.[8] Metrocorp bought the magazine in 1987,[9] and in 1989 sold it to American Express for an estimated $8 million.[8] Emmis Publishing, a subsidiary of Emmis Communications, bought the magazine from American Express in August 1993.[8] Atlanta won the National Magazine Awards' feature writing award in 2008.[10]

Since 2005, the magazine has also been hosting an annual Awards segment commemorating the success of Atlanta. The "Best of Atlanta" award shines a light on the best Cityscape, Restaurant, Poet, Oral Pleasures amongst other categories from Atlanta.[11] On March 1, 2017, Emmis Publishing announced that it has sold four of its magazines, including Atlanta, to Hour Media Group, LLC for $6.5 million.[12]


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  2. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Alliance for Audited Media. December 31, 2013. Archived from the original on January 23, 2017. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "About Us." Atlanta. Retrieved June 10, 2009.
  4. ^ "CRMA Magazines". City and Regional Magazine Association. Archived from the original on May 31, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
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  6. ^ Richard T. Eltzroth (1973). "The Atlanta Historical Society Its Archival and Library Holdings". Retrieved July 20, 2016. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ Miriam Greenberg (November 2000). "Branding Cities. A Social History of the Urban Lifestyle Magazine" (PDF). Urban Affairs Review. 36 (2). Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  8. ^ a b c Osterman, Jim (August 9, 1993). "Atlanta Magazine Changes Hands Again." Adweek.
  9. ^ "The Media Business: Atlanta Magazine Sale". The New York Times. September 29, 1989. p. d5. Retrieved July 4, 2009.
  10. ^ Carlson, Peter (May 2, 2008). "Geographic Wins Again at Magazine Awards". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 4, 2009.
  11. ^ "Best of Atlanta".
  12. ^ Emmis Communications Sells Off Four City Magazines, Paste Magazine, 1 March 2017, Retrieved 2 March 2017.