ATLANTA (Jan. 12, 2017) – Dan Chapman, the affable AJC reporter who at times irked real estate developers in Georgia’s Coastal Empire region, is leaving the daily Atlanta paper after 17 years.
Chapman, whose top qualities include his love of the Washington Redskins and his better-half, moves to the brighter side of mass communications (recall when it was called that?) next week. He makes the move after three decades as a reporter. A sign of how things changed, Chapman leveraged a social channel (Facebook) to break his own news:
“Alas, friends, after 30 years it’s time to grow up, do something different, get a real job. I’ve left the AJC — and journalism — and start Tuesday at the US Fish and Wildlife Service here in ATL. I get to follow my environmental muse and save the world, or at least a corner of it here in the Southeastern U.S. I’ll write stories of endangered species, wildlife refuges, climate change, sea level rise, water scarcity and ways to protect this incredibly biodiverse region. I’ll focus largely on long-term conservation efforts. Many of these issues I’ve written about as a reporter. Now it’s time to live them up close and more personally. I’m totally jazzed and, hopefully, I can make a difference. Now more than ever the natural world needs us.”
Chapman, a friend, leaves The Atlanta Journal-Constitution a better place. However, his departure continues the litany of talented journalists with unparalleled institutional knowledge who have left the paper. That said, I have a few past clients who will be glad to see him on the other side.