Bio of Maria Saporta
founder and editor
Maria Saporta is a columnist for the Atlanta Business Chronicle and founder and editor of news website SaportaReport.com. She is a freelance journalist with a deep knowledge of Atlanta’s past and present. Since September 2008, she has been writing a weekly column and news stories for the Chronicle. Her website, SaportaReport.com, provides daily updates on local business and civic news and focuses on metro Atlanta’s most challenging issues.
Until the end of August 2008, Saporta had spent 27 years with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before taking advantage of a voluntary separation offer. She first joined the 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 Company. In January 1991, she 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. An Atlanta native, she began her full-time journalistic career in 1980 with the Macon Telegraph before joining the Journal-Constitution.
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 Française 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. She 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. And she was a winner in the 2007 Breaking News category of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. In 2008, Saporta was awarded a Golden Shoe Award from PEDS, an Atlanta organization aimed at making the metro area more pedestrian-friendly. Saporta received a master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State University in 1980 and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University.