How political journalist Greg Bluestein presses on

As far back as I remember, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has been a part of my life.

My cousin, Eleanor Ringel, was the newspaper’s film critic and she might have sneaked me into a screening of “Hook” when I was a kid. My best friend’s dad was an editor, and my mom pored over the paper each morning and made sure I didn’t just read the sports section.

And then there was the time when I.J. Rosenberg, the Braves beat reporter, came to my fourth-grade class. I don’t remember exactly what he said, but I do remember returning home later that day and announcing I wanted to be a journalist, too. Soon, I was writing for the Woodland Elementary paper.

That’s the career path I’ve followed since, with stops at the North Springs High School Oracle, as editor-in-chief of The Red & Black in Athens, internships in Washington, and stints at The Daily Report and The Associated Press that led me to my hometown paper.

When I got to the AJC in 2012, I felt like I had arrived home, surrounded by the reporters, editors and photographers whose work I had admired all my life. Since then, I’ve had a front-row seat to the biggest stories in the state, capturing the dynamic that’s turned Georgia into a premier political battleground.

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