Renee DeGross Valdes
As the editor of the Decatur-Avondale Estates Patch, you can reach me at 404-242-3328 or renee.valdes@patch.com and @DecaturGAPatch. 
For most of my career, I worked in newspapers,  including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution where I covered Home Depot, retail business news and for several years, the Retailing column in the business section. I also covered real estate and penned a retail column while at the News & Observer in Raleigh. I also worked at the Washington Business Journal and the Triangle Business Journal. I got my  start in journalism editing wedding/engagement announcements for The Washington Post. My work has also taken me overseas. I spent a year as a producer with TF-1 French Television in the Washington Bureau and also lived three months in Paris while I helped with coverage of the 1996 Summer Olympics and TWA Flight 800 crash.
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