The Lowdown: Greg Bluestein
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The Lowdown: Greg Bluestein

I bet you didn't know, ... what makes political reporter Greg Bluestein tick?

After 37 years with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and now with the AJT, , Jaffe’s focus is lifestyle, art, dining, fashion, and community events with emphasis on Jewish movers and shakers.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Greg Bluestein. Photo by Ben Gray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Greg Bluestein. Photo by Ben Gray

Greg Bluestein is a reporter who covers state politics for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He joined the newspaper in June 2012, after spending seven years with the Atlanta bureau of the Associated Press, where he covered politics and legal affairs. Bluestein writes for the front-page of the AJC, contributes to the Political Insider blog and morning Jolt newsletter, hosts the Politically Georgia podcast and is a frequent guest on local and national TV and radio programs. He’s also an MSNBC and NBC News contributor and the author of “Flipped,” a forthcoming book about Georgia’s epic 2020 election.

Bluestein graduated from North Springs High School and recently gave the commencement address at the University of Georgia, his alma mater, where he earned degrees in journalism and political science. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Dunwoody. Read on to find out why Bluestein is an expert in balloon art and what one might find him doing in the wee hours.

If they made a movie about you, who would play the lead?
The tall blond dude Paul Sparks (on “House of Cards”).

My most exotic vacation was …
Visiting castles in Scotland and Ireland.

One fun thing people don’t know about me is …
At sports events, I assist photographers on the field, running around and editing. Saw the Super Bowl, Rose Bowl really close up.

My guilty pleasure is …
PlayStation 4 when everyone else is sleeping.

I’m reading and streaming …
Streaming: “The Wheels of Time.” Reading: “The Way of Kings.”

My most unusual past job was …
Organizing kids’ birthday parties. Making animal balloons and swords and playing baseball games.

My kids say I’m too …
Embarrassing. When I drop them off at school and say, “I love you, boogly woogly.”

What keeps you up at night?
Nothing. I do my best work late at night.

What advice would you give to a 21-year-old Greg?
Stick with it. Journalism can be as fun as you ever thought it could be.

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