Inside Atlanta: ESPN’s Keri Potts

ESPN’s Senior Director shares her favorite spots in Atlanta

Inside Atlanta: ESPN’s Public Relations Director, Keri Potts, shares her favorite spots in Atlanta

We're back with our series Inside Atlanta—each week, we sit down with influential locals to talk about what Atlanta means to them. Today we’re chatting with Keri Potts, the Senior​ Director for College Sports at ESPN. While the “worldwide leader in sports” is based out of Connecticut, Potts works out of their Atlanta office coordinating and guiding strategic communications efforts, including publicizing the “World Series of Poker” and “30 for 30”. A transplant from New York, Potts is loving Atlanta.

Today we get a tour of The Big Peach led by Potts herself.

I live in…Grant Park, which suits my city-loving heart and suburban upbringing. I can walk to get my coffee or to get dinner …and I can also work on my garden and sit on my front porch and watch the world go by. It’s the best of both worlds.”

I Wish People Knew… “what a gem the Grant Park, Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward areas are, and what a great sense of community they possess. I always hear Buckhead lauded, even though it lacks the character, walkability and personality of these towns.”

You Can Find Me… “walking my sweet pup, Bentley, at Grant or Piedmont Parks or hoofing it on the BeltLine long enough to make it to Ponce City Market for iced coffee.”

It’s Dinner Time, I’m Headed to… “Cypress Street Pint and Plate or Barcelona Wine Bar. Cypress is a cozy and relaxed environment, but its menu is a solid step above pub fare. Plus, it’s my – and most sports fans’ – go-to spot for any big televised sporting event. Barcelona is consistently excellent from the staff to the wine to the menu. I love the location, the atmosphere and the décor. The fireplace puts it over the top.” 

Clock Strikes 5 o’clock, I’m Drinking… “Rose’ outside at Empire State South, or Murphy’s with one of my awesome friends.”

If I had to Stay in a Hotel, I’d Check Into…Loews Midtown. Not only does the lobby smell amazing, but they let you bring dogs and you get access to Exhale Spa. In PR, we call this a win-win.”

Atlanta’s Best Kept Secret is…“the restaurant scene in West Midtown. Not only is the variety of cuisine there impressive – between Le Fat’s Vietnamese fare and Marcel’s fine French, the oyster heaven of The Optimist, the hidden gem Miller Union, the Basque country Cooks and Soldiers and JCT Kitchen’s fried chicken – but it always has a great vibe and energy especially during the summer.” 

When I’m Playing Tourist I go to… “places of history. As a New Yorker, there is much I do not know about Southern culture, but I’m inspired to learn. I have my sights set on visiting some of the battlefields and museums in and around the state this summer.”

I Love Spending My Money at…Kit and Ace and All Saints. If ever there was a color scheme (the New York staples of black, gray and white) and comfort level that is perfect for me, they have it.”