Justin Gray probably knows more about Atlanta’s nooks and crannies than the average bloke. The Fox 5 Atlanta general assignment reporter is always on the go, chasing down leads from Lawrenceville to Loring Heights. The man knows his Atlanta, and he’s got his very own Five Questions With… to prove it.
Q. Most memorable Atlanta reporting experience?
A. The Atlanta tornado. I somehow slept right through it in my loft, while homes 2 blocks from mine were leveled. But walking around Atlanta after, we captured some amazing images.
Q. One day in Atlanta with the Georgia Gang, and you’re playing tour guide. What’s on the agenda?
A. We’ll start with the best coffee in town at Condesa (beats the fox5 greenroom). Then we’ll head out on 1 of the walking tours of the Atlanta Beltline. I didn’t truly understand the Beltline until seeing & hearing the vision firsthand. Next is the obvious destination: Manuel’s. THE spot for people who love politics, journalism and, well, beer. This was the first bar I ever drank in. I first walked in as an Emory freshman worried I’d get carded and I keep coming back today. The liberals and conservatives of the Georgia Gang will both be equally comfortable, as long as they cheer for the Braves.
Q Favorite neighborhoods?
A. Old Fourth Ward/Inman Park. I have all I need here. Good food, neighbors who’ve become friends and stores/bars/restaurants where they know my name & my regular order. The beautiful streets & parks have even made me start to enjoy my morning run.
Q. The most underrated thing about Atlanta is…?
A. The patios. I’ve lived up north in places like NYC and Philly, and what I missed most was patio time. About 9 months out of the year you can sit outside with friends , food and drinks and pretty soon a Saturday afternoon has turned into Saturday night.
Q. One night of dining in Atlanta- where are you going, and what are you ordering?
A. The place I can’t get enough of right now is Empire State South. It is cool and hip, without being pretentious. But the answer might have to be P’Cheen. It’s home base for me and my friends. It’s our Cheers. I’d get a big group, order the “”Just Trust us”” and let Chef’s Alex and Mike do their thing.
Bonus Question: Why does Fox 5 Atlanta deliver the best reporting in Atlanta?
A. The reporters. All have big, unique personalities. Just the conversations between our cubicles on “”reporter row”” could make great tv. No former beauty queens or wanna-be celebrities here. It’s a staff of really smart, hardworking, old-school reporters. I’m proud to work alongside them.