Matt Kempner is an award-winning journalist who seeks out intriguing twists about people and subjects beyond what the AJC might typically cover. Among his stories: What happens when people who expect to die young learn they might live to old age. How a remarkable ballet and modern dancer ended up living on the streets. How civilization and anarchy coexist in one of metro Atlanta’s largest encampments of homeless people. How a suburban 4-H young farmers club is made up entirely of kids who don’t live on farms. What unexpected reasons lead people to have tattoos removed. How tiny Santa Claus, Ga., wrestles with the challenges of living up to visitors’ expectations. A former columnist and editor, his past reporting assignments have ranged from investigations to energy, entrepreneurs, big business, consumer spending, politics, government and the environment.
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