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Release Date: 03.24.2016 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Cobb Business Journal

"4 Questions Journalist Spotlight" with Mark Maguire, Cobb Business Journal & Cobb Life

Leff's Atlanta Media's Weekly Feature Conversation with an Atlanta Journalist

Each week, in partnership with Leff’s Atlanta Media (, Atlanta Daybook presents our "Journalist Spotlight." Mitch Leff offers a conversation with a journalist in the Atlanta market, asking them four questions that'll help you learn more about local Atlanta media. What makes them tick? What's new at their media outlet? What drives them?

This week we talk with Mark Maguire, director of the Cobb Business Journal and Cobb Life magazine. Maguire is amazingly multi-faceted, covering business news for the the CBJ and lifestyle for Cobb Life, and writing a book slated for fall 2016. He's also a musician with several albums out. With this kind of range, you know he’s got boundless curiosity and interest!

What kind of story makes you proud to be a journalist?

It might sound trite, but I enjoy featuring any stories that reflect endurance, hope and perseverance. The great thing about these types of articles is they are not limited to a simple profile, but can – and often are – found in many pieces – including articles on a successful restaurant, athlete, inventor, artist or small business owner. Everyone has a story, and finding and sharing people’s experiences in an accessible and engaging fashion is a great way to introduce readers to each other. I know hard news has its place, and rightfully so, but I prefer showing the side of life that can give readers a lift.

What’s new and exciting about Cobb Life magazine and Cobb Business Journal? 

We’ve been making changes with both products lately. With Cobb Life, we recently launched a new web site and upped our game in the social media arena with our Facebook and Instagram activity and engagement. This has been successful and makes a great way to interact with our community. We’re also adding more home features this year.

With Cobb Business Journal, we are re-booting our Business Advantage section which will provide new insights and perspectives for the executive and business person. With both products, we’ve also completed some minor re-design which, while not a major change, is always important to keep our products looking fresh.

What is the best and worst thing about your job?

On a good day, it is the best job in the world. I thrive on the creativity, the teamwork and the pace. I have a great team. Working with them – the innovation, story development, brainstorming and such – is exciting and dynamic and I have been very fortunate to work with some outstanding writers and photographers.

The worst thing is you can never make everyone happy and someone always complains or finds-a-conspiracy-in-everything. Granted, I have a tough skin after 18 years in the game, but it does get tiring at times.

What’s the coolest thing people should know about you?
I am the author of a book, “Letters from Red Clay Country: Selected Columns” and I have a book of fiction slated for publication in fall 2016. I am also a musician. During the last several years, I’ve been the producer, composer and primary musician for groups including, “Red Clay Country” and “Maguire & Meador.” (You can find our music on iTunes, Amazon and

I’ve also contributed music to independent film and am currently involved in some interesting multi-media projects related to C.S. Lewis’s books.

About Mark
Last Book Read: “The Deportees and Other Stories” by the amazing Roddy Doyle
Favorite Atlanta Restaurant: That’s a hard question, but – as a lover of beef - you can never go wrong with Fogo de Chão
Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Kettle cooked potato chips, old school hip hop, Van Halen, track pants and watching Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird highlight videos on YouTube
Local Getaway: Callaway Gardens
Favorite Non-Work Hobby: Music, gardening and hiking

Mitch Leff is the president of Leff & Associates Public Relations (, an Atlanta-based PR agency. Leff also operates Leff’s Atlanta Media ( an online database with contact info for thousands of Atlanta-based journalists, and Mitch’s Media Match (, a service that connects Atlanta journalists with local experts and sources.

Contact him at, (404) 861-4769, on Twitter (@mitchleffPR), or on Facebook at Leff & Associates.


Contact Info

Contact Name: Mitch Leff

Company: Leff & Associates

Phone: 404-861-4769