Maria Saporta is a freelance journalist with a deep knowledge of Atlanta’s past and present. She currently is writing a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle, a relationship that began in September, 2008.
She also is the founder of her own website: www.SaportaReport.com, which provides daily updates on local business and civic news and focuses on metro Atlanta’s most challenging issues.
Until the end of August 2008, Ms. Saporta had spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution before taking advantage of a voluntary separation offer.
Ms. Saporta first joined the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in July, 1981 as a reporter covering various beats including economic development, international business, conventions, tourism, the Georgia Dome, Underground Atlanta, and the Coca-Cola Co.
After nearly 10 years as an AJC reporter, in January, 1991, Ms. Saporta was named as the newspaper’s business columnist. In 1998, she also began writing a Horizon column that focused on urban growth and development issues in metro Atlanta.
Both columns provided readers with an inside look at how Atlanta works by highlighting the leaders who are making decisions affecting the city’s future.
An Atlanta native, Ms. Saporta began her full-time journalistic career in 1980 with the Macon Telegraph before joining the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 15 months later.
She received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State University in 1980. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University.
Ms. Saporta, daughter of European parents, both deceased, has traveled extensively. She speaks French and knows some Spanish and Greek. She is the mother of two young adults: Carmen and David.
Ms. Saporta is a past president of the Atlanta Press Club and continues to serve on its executive committee and chairs its debate committee. She also serves as vice president of the Alliance Francaise d’Atlanta, a French cultural organization and school that was founded by her mother in 1963.
She is a 1999 graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute. She also has been named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians in 2000 and 2001, and as one of the magazine’s notable Georgians in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010.
Ms. Saporta also was inducted in the 2002 YWCA Academy of Women Achievers. She received a 2006 Design of Excellence Award from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission. She also was a winner in the 2007 Breaking News category of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. In 2008, Ms. Saporta also was awarded a Golden Shoe Award from PEDS, an Atlanta organization aimed at making the metro area more pedestrian-friendly.