Martha Dalton to cover Atlanta, Fulton County schools for the AJC

Credit: Martha Dalton

Credit: Martha Dalton

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is pleased to announce that Martha Dalton has joined the newsroom to cover Atlanta and Fulton County schools.

Dalton, a former senior education reporter at WABE, Atlanta’s NPR affiliate, was with the station for almost 13 years, working as a reporter, producer, and host. In addition to her education beat, she has covered immigration, politics, and transportation.

A former teacher, Dalton’s favorite stories are those that take her back into the classroom to talk with students and teachers. She worked for 10 years as a teacher in metro Atlanta public schools and is a certified K-12 reading specialist.

“I’ve been on several assignments with Martha and was impressed by her good questions, her knowledge of education and the work she produced for her listeners,” said Eric Stirgus, the AJC’s education editor. “I’m excited to have Martha on our team.”

Dalton can be reached at

APS enrolled 48,753 students in kindergarten through 12th grades in 2022. At a recent meeting, consultants said they now estimate enrollment will nudge up, but only slightly, to 49,116 students by the 2031-2032 school year.

Fulton, the state’s fourth-largest school system, enrolled 90,415 students in 2022. By the 2026-2027 school year, district officials expect enrollment to decline to 86,691 students

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