Maria Saporta is a journalist who writes 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, urban and civic issues focusing on metro Atlanta, Georgia and beyond. Until the end of August 2008, Maria had spent 27 years with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was its business and civic columnist for more than 17 years. Maria is an Atlanta native who began her full-time journalistic career in April 1980 with the Macon Telegraph. She received her Master's degree in urban studies from Georgia State University in 1980. And she also holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria also is a past president of the Atlanta Press Club, 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.
Maria was inducted into the Georgia State University Business Hall of Fame in 2012. She also received the Atlanta Business League 2013 CEO Award for Vision of Excellence. Maria was inducted in the 2002 YWCA Academy of Women Achievers. 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, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
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