Colleen McMillar

Colleen McMillar
Title: Freelance Writer
Location: Smyrna, Georgia
Expertise: The food and people of New Orleans, African American history and culture

Colleen McMillar is a veteran journalist. She often writes about African American culture and history, as well as the people and food of New Orleans.


  • Currently working as an enterprise editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she's spent the past 16 years.
  • Reporter and editor at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans for nearly 14 years.
  • Has freelanced for a variety of publications, including Time Out Guide Books and Southern Living.


Colleen McMillar is a longtime journalist who, over a span of 36 years, has worked for three Pulitzer-Prize winning publications.

She covered everything from rattlesnake roundups and child preachers to police departments and city halls as a reporter at The Telegraph in Macon, Ga., and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. She's worked primarily as an editor in metro and sports departments for the past 28 years. In 2005, she was an assistant sports editor when Hurricane Katrina hit South Louisiana and levee failure led to devastating flooding across New Orleans. In an all-hands-on deck moment, she worked as part of a staff that won two Pulitzer Prizes for its comprehensive and compelling coverage of the disaster.

In her role as an enterprise editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Colleen works with writers assigned to cover a range of topics, including public health, the economy, immigration and race and gender.

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