Janis Ware

Publisher, The Atlanta Voice

Janis Ware is a University of Georgia Business School graduate whose career has been steadfast in completing her father’s life long interest in publishing and community development. She has fulfilled her father’s vision by continuing the tradition of the Atlanta Voice as the unchallenged leader; the foremost provider of news and pertinent information to Atlanta’s African American community. The Atlanta Voice is committed to providing substance and credibility in the community.

For years, Janis Ware worked alongside her famous father in the publishing business (The Atlanta Voice owns the only black-owned print press operation in the Southeast) learning his style, understanding his dedication to excellence, and receiving inspiration from his passion for his people. His legacy has become her mission. She continues in the spirit of the high journalistic standards and commitment to the community passed on to her by her esteemed father.

Ms. Ware earned a Masters in Business Administration from Atlanta Intercontinental University, Atlanta Campus. She is the Executive Director of SUMMECH Community Development Corporation (SCDC) located in Mechanicsville in the city of Atlanta. The corporation provides housing, counseling and education to individuals and families interested in purchasing their own homes. Under her leadership, SCDC has developed over 1,200 single-family homes and rental units, independently and in partnership with for profit developers. Currently, SCDC is currently involved in a joint venture project with Columbia Residential to build 74 single-family homes in Mechanicsville. This project is the first scattered site lease development utilizing tax credits in the state of Georgia.

Poynter teaching event: Conference for Florida Ethnic Media, June 8-9.