Georgia native Ben Young, co-publisher and editor in chief of Georgia Trend, has lived all around Georgia. Wake Forest University in North Carolina managed to pull him away from the Peach State when he was awarded the Eleanor Layfield Davis Art Scholarship and the Presidential Art Scholarship. After graduating with honors, he returned to his home state, where he worked in newspapers, covering the crime beat, among other subjects, and serving in newspaper management roles. He also moonlighted as a record label producer for Old Gold and co-founded Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery in Atlanta. In 2002, he joined Georgia Trend.
Ben is a graduate of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute and the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. He serves on the board of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Forward and volunteers at the United Methodist Children’s Home near his residence in Avondale Estates.
Karen Kirkpatrick, managing editor of Georgia Trend, has worked for the magazine in various roles since 2002. Her background includes a wide range of writing and editing experience, from feature stories to web copy to political newsletters, radio commentary and more. She graduated from Florida State University — where she was a member of the Marching Chiefs — with degrees in theater and political science. She continues to play alto sax with the Seed and Feed Marching Abominable in Atlanta. Karen has lived in Georgia nearly 30 years and currently calls Marietta home.
An Atlanta native, Christy Simo is executive editor of Georgia Trend. She has worked with the magazine in various capacities since 2006. For more than 15 years, Christy has covered everything from visual merchandising and retail construction to historic preservation, the restaurant industry and the medical world for both regional and national publications. She graduated from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
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Susan Percy, editor-at-large of Georgia Trend, has been with the magazine since 2001 and previously served as editor and executive editor. Susan is a sixth-generation Georgian and a native of Atlanta. She graduated from St. Pius X High School in Atlanta and is a cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is a member of the Grady Society Alumni Board and the Emory Center for Ethics Media Advisory Council.
Susan worked for newspapers in Louisiana and California and has written for numerous national and regional publications. Her work has been honored by the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Alliance of Area Business Publications (AABP) and the Magazine Association of the Southeast (MAGS). In 2008, she was inducted into the MAGS Hall of Fame. Susan lives in DeKalb County and has a daughter and two grandchildren.