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John McCosh

John McCosh

John McCosh, Editor-in-Chief, is a seasoned writer and editor with decades of experience in journalism and government public affairs. His skills were forged in Georgia newsrooms, where he was a business and investigative reporter, editor and bureau chief, and expanded his experience during years in nonprofit and corporate communications roles. For more than a decade at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, McCosh investigated state and local government officials and operations. He also tracked regional growth and development with a focus on metro Atlanta’s population-related problems, including traffic congestion, air pollution and water quality. He first learned the power of public records to unlock information when he was a commercial real estate reporter at the Atlanta Business Chronicle. McCosh is a board member of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation and active in the Georgia State Signal Alumni Group, which advises student journalists.

COMMENTARY

Sunshine Laws apply to state officials’ open meetings training, too

By: - October 29, 2019

The Georgia Department of Education board is set to get together Nov. 7, and this time around the public can expect compliance with the state’s Open Meetings Act. That might sound like a low bar to clear for a department with the largest budget of any state agency. Parents, teachers, students — indeed, every Georgia […]

Presidential candidate Warren goes after charter school industry

By: - October 22, 2019

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is one of the Democratic presidential frontrunners, is going after controversial charters schools that have been blossoming nationwide and enjoy significant legislative support in Georgia — as part of a broad education plan released Monday. The plan titled, A Great Public School Education for Every Student, would end federal funding for […]

Georgia students plan to attend statewide ‘Climate strike’ rallies today

By: and - September 20, 2019

Nicole Pontzer’s anxiety over climate change is old news in her circle of friends in Athens and now hundreds of strangers are about to get an earful as well. She’ll be the one bringing the new 50-watt bullhorn to the Athens Climate Strike rally at the University of Georgia’s north lawn behind the school’s iconic […]

COMMENTARY

Require coal ash plan transparency in Georgia Power’s rate hike request

By: - September 16, 2019

Georgia Power wants customers who pay the company for electricity to also pay to clean up its $525 million environmental mess. And that’s about all the company wants to tell Georgians about it. Georgia Power wants its 2.5 million ratepayers to cough up that half a billion over the next three years to seal about […]

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Georgia’s low-income college students deserve need-based aid

By: - September 4, 2019

Georgia lawmakers should open up a new source of money to help college students from low-income families start and finish school. And limited online sports betting might be a better way to do that than today’s state-sponsored lottery and the other gambling options on the table. Some of the old gaming standbys like casinos and […]

Coastal Georgians getting acclimated to hurricane emergency declarations

By: - August 30, 2019

Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon for 12 coastal Georgia counties as Hurricane Dorian loomed to the south in the Atlantic Ocean, the first time he’s issued such an executive order since he took office in January. Several hours later, Ken Jacobsen exuded calm before the forecast storm as he spoke […]

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Georgia’s poor, rural hospitals lose in lawmakers’ health care waiting game

By: - August 27, 2019

Georgia lawmakers are again waiting, fingers crossed, for someone to provide an alternative to expanding Medicaid coverage to nearly 500,000 uninsured Georgians under the federal Affordable Care Act. The latest workaround, Georgia’s 2019 Patients First Act, is so much like a Utah plan the White House just rejected that it seems like it’s time to […]

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Shine more sunlight on plans to mine near treasured Okefenokee

By: - August 20, 2019

It’s not surprising that the Charlton County Commission late last week passed a non-binding resolution to endorse a mining company’s plan to dig little more than a couple of miles from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. But state and federal officials with oversight responsibility for protecting Georgia’s unique and precious natural areas should be more […]

Abrams takes Fair Fight 2020 to scene of 2018 voter frustration

By: - August 15, 2019

Saturday former gubernatorial candidate and state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams plans to launch her Fair Fight 2020 initiative at a Gwinnett County elementary school where people attempting to vote last November were frustrated by long lines and voting machine glitches. Annistown Elementary School is a symbolic choice for a first public event after Abrams […]

COMMENTARY

A chisel is the right tool for a future-focused leader

By: - August 13, 2019

You might remember this campaign commercial from last year. A small explosion detonates in a field behind then-gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp as he declares: “I’m so conservative, I blow up government spending.” Last week Gov. Kemp moved closer to fulfilling that pledge. His Office of Planning and Budget ordered most department heads to cut 4% […]

Georgia Recorder stories picked up by other outlets – and that’s great

By: - August 12, 2019

You’ll see on our “About” page that we view news as a vital community service and believe that government accountability and transparency are valued by all Georgians. The Georgia Recorder welcomes other Georgia news outlets to publish our stories at no cost other than crediting us as the source. Sunday, the Valdosta Daily Times published […]

COMMENTARY

Welcome to the Recorder: A fresh voice for Georgia news & commentary

By: - August 6, 2019

When I told my longtime journalist friends my new job is to write a weekly opinion column and guide straight-up news coverage at the same time, it raised a few eyebrows. Their question: How do you oversee objective reporting when you’re also delivering opinions on what’s happening in the news? Since my days as a […]