Ross Williams

Ross Williams

Before joining the Georgia Recorder, Ross Williams covered local and state government for the Marietta Daily Journal.Williams' reporting took him from City Hall to homeless camps, from the offices of business executives to the living rooms of grieving parents. His work earned recognition from the Georgia Associated Press Media Editors and the Georgia Press Association, including beat reporting, business writing and non-deadline reporting. A native of Cobb County, Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Atlanta's Oglethorpe University and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University.

Rushed and skeptical voters give thumbs down to three proposed Cobb cities

By: - May 26, 2022

Efforts to carve three new cities out of Cobb County failed Tuesday night after voters shot down ballot measures in the eastern, western and southern portions of the suburban Atlanta county. The proposed city of East Cobb failed by the largest margin with 5,900 in favor, good for 26.6% of the vote to 16,289 opposed, […]

Trump battle cry muted in Georgia primary elections for non-football stars

By: - May 25, 2022

Tuesday night was a disappointment for most of former President Donald Trump’s endorsed Republican candidates in Georgia’s statewide races. Herschel Walker, a former UGA football star and Trump surrogate in Georgia, ran away with a primary win and is set for general election fight against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. But Gov. Brian Kemp, the former […]

It’s official: GOP voters deploy Herschel Walker to run against Sen. Raphael Warnock

By: - May 24, 2022

Football star-turned politician Herschel Walker has fought off a crowded field of Republican competition and secured a spot in the general election against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in November. The Associated Press projected Walker would be the winner about an hour after polls closed. With just under a quarter of the votes tallied Tuesday night, […]

Time runs short for candidates trailing Herschel Walker in Georgia’s key U.S. Senate race

By: - May 20, 2022

While a bluegrass band serenaded voters chowing down on ribs and pulled pork sandwiches Thursday evening, Gary Black walked from table to table making a last-minute pitch for support to make him Georgia’s next U.S. senator. “These are very serious things,” he said at a campaign stop at the Vinings Bank in Smyrna. “This is […]

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene opponents renew bid to boot her from ballot

By: - May 17, 2022

With just over a week to go before Election Day, a group of voters in Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Northwest Georgia district has renewed its challenge of her candidacy. The voters claim Greene should be ineligible under the 14th Amendment because they say she was involved with the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot in Washington, […]

Georgia school teachers creating new lesson plans to comply with culture war laws

By: - May 16, 2022

Georgia students will soon be trading their pencils and books for sunglasses and swimsuits after a busy school year. For teachers, the summer break is often a time for lesson planning and professional training. Tiffany Fannin, a social studies teacher who works with special education students, will be undergoing some extra training this summer to […]

University system ends era of free-speech zones on Georgia’s college campuses

By: - May 10, 2022

When Georgia college students return to their campuses in the fall, they could be in for more spirited intellectual debate than they’re used to. The state Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s 26 public universities, voted Tuesday to change their institutions’ free speech policies to bring them in line with newly-signed state legislation. The […]

Faculty at Georgia colleges facing diminished role in hiring university presidents

By: - May 9, 2022

The Georgia Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s public universities, is set to consider a rule change at Tuesday’s meeting to reduce the role of faculty members in selecting university presidents. Under the current rules, when a vacancy occurs and the university system chancellor and regents decide to conduct a national search, they create […]

Georgia officials say Marjorie Taylor Greene will not be disqualified as a candidate

By: - May 6, 2022

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene is eligible to appear on the ballot for re-election after a judge determined she did not participate or plan the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger signed off on the judge’s opinion late Friday, making the ruling official. A group of voters pointed to video […]

Hyperlocal control on the ballot as voters decide whether to carve three cities from Cobb

By: - May 6, 2022

The first week of early voting for the May 24th primary is nearly complete, and many residents of Cobb County are casting their ballots not just to decide who will represent them in state government and Congress, but to choose whether to create a new local government. Voters in three areas of unincorporated Cobb County […]

Georgia High School Association OKs bans of transgender athletes

By: - May 5, 2022

The Georgia High School Association has changed its rules for determining the gender of a student athlete in a move that will prevent transgender students from playing on teams that match their gender identities. The association, which oversees sports in 465 public and private schools across the state, approved the change with a unanimous vote […]

Abortion rights protests erupt in Georgia and beyond. It could be a prelude of more to come.

By: - May 4, 2022

The streets of downtown Atlanta echoed with the now-familiar sounds of protest chants Tuesday as hundreds marched to demonstrate after a leaked draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion which, if given final approval, would severely limit abortion access in the majority of states, including Georgia. “Numbers were big today because there was huge outrage at this […]