Tia Mitchell is a journalist in Georgia where she covers DeKalb County for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Previously she was the Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Florida Times-Union newspaper.
DeKalb is Georgia’s fourth largest county and part of the Atlanta Metro area. Tia’s responsibilities include covering the Board of Commissioners and its $1 billion budget plus the DeKalb Legislative Delegation, one of the state’s most diverse.
Through late 2017, she covered state government and politics for the Times-Union. She was based in Tallahassee but focused on Northeast Florida issues and lawmakers. She also wrote a popular column in the Sunday “Reason” section that focused on analysis and insight on local, state and national politics.
Tia is a native of Louisville, Ky. She earned a bachelor degree in journalism from Florida A&M University. However, she was identified as a strong writer at a very young age. (The photo above is of “All About Fish,” a non-fiction book she wrote in the 2nd grade that won the “Young Authors Award” out of all 2nd and 3rd graders at her school that year.)
Before returning to the Times-Union in 2014, Tia worked for four years at the Tampa Bay Times newspaper. During most of her tenure there, she was stationed in the Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau where she concentrated on health care and higher education coverage. Among Tia’s most notable contributions was the national scoop that Gov. Rick Scott had changed his stance on Medicaid expansion.
During her first stint at the Times-Union from 2002 through 2010, Tia was promoted through a variety of beats including “night cops,” K-12 education and, finally, the Jacksonville City Council/local politics. She also completed internships at The Ocala Star-Banner and the Tallahassee Democrat.
Tia is a member of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists. Previously she served on the board of the Florida Capitol Press Corps, the association of journalists who cover government and politics in Tallahassee. She had two stints as president, and you could catch her singing and dancing on stage each year at the annual Press Skits scholarship fundraiser.
She is also active in the community as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and previously served as an advisor to the collegiate chapter at Florida State University. She also was active in church in Tallahassee and Jacksonville. Her professional and personal achievements were recognized when she was named one of 20 “Golden Aces” by the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals in 2015.