Melissa Ruggieri came to the AJC in September 2010, writing about music, theater, movies, area attractions — such as the Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta — and other lifestyle and entertainment stories.
She returned full-time to her primary love — music — in June 2012.
In her previous life, Ruggieri was a columnist and the pop music critic at the Richmond Times-Dispatch for 14 years, where she reviewed about 1,200 concerts. Her first professional job came as the assistant pop music writer and radio columnist at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, her city of birth. But with family roots in New York/New Jersey, she couldn’t help but grow up listening to a lot of Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Sinatra.
Ruggieri has played the drums since the age of 12, a hobby that was not cheerfully embraced by her parents — nor now by her husband. She likes gambling, pro football (go Dolphins!), cats and Howard Stern. But she does not like piña coladas, or, for that matter, getting caught in the rain. Especially not in this humidity.
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