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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.

Local storytellers resurrect some of Georgia history’s more hair-raising tales

By: - October 25, 2021

Plastic skeletons and blanket ghosts are festooned over yards across the state, ready to welcome trick or treaters on Halloween. But in communities all over Georgia, storytellers and historians whisper dark tales of the past that are more hair-raising than any inflatable lawn ghoul, and some say remnants of that past linger today in old […]

State redistricting stumbles along, feeding familiar partisan infighting

By: and - October 22, 2021

WASHINGTON—This year’s round of redistricting is already crumbling into partisanship and court challenges in multiple states, even as voters pay more attention than ever to new political maps that will shape elections for a decade. Hopes were high initially. Advocates in several states pushed measures over the last few years that they hoped would lessen […]

State House committee hears pitch to give Georgia DACA students in-state tuition

By: - October 21, 2021

Georgia lawmakers are set to convene under the Gold Dome in January for the 2022 General Assembly, and that means a second chance for bills that did not cross the finish line this year. Immigration rights activists are hoping a proposed law that would allow Georgia’s so-called Dreamers — recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action […]

Georgia congressional Democrats, students call for more federal HBCU support

By: - October 20, 2021

As the centerpiece of President Joe Biden’s agenda works its way through Congress, Georgia’s Democratic representatives are calling for more money for historically Black colleges and universities. “As the American Jobs and Families Plans have morphed into reconciliation legislation, President Biden’s proposed $45 billion for educational institutions including HBCUs has been downsized to $2 billion […]

About 1 million Georgia children five to 11 to become eligible for COVID vaccine soon

By: - October 19, 2021

Naomi Williams of Evans said the beginning of the pandemic was especially tough on her family, including her 12-year-old son. He has been diagnosed with a long list of conditions, including epilepsy and chronic lung disease, which makes him more susceptible to COVID-19. “Living with a disability makes your life different anyway, because we live […]

Georgia Board of Regents OKs controversial changes to professor tenure rules

By: - October 13, 2021

The Georgia Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s 26 public universities, voted Wednesday to make significant changes to tenure for college professors. The changes will directly affect 7,500 tenured professors in Georgia. Some of them have been protesting in person at regents meetings and over social media, arguing the move could curtail academic freedom […]

Public college tenure changes headed for vote despite professor protests

By: - October 12, 2021

Georgia’s tenured public college professors could soon face more scrutiny if they want to keep their titles, but some professors say planned changes to the state’s post-tenure review system will cause talented academics to look for jobs in other states. A Georgia Board of Regents committee Tuesday unanimously approved changes to the way the state’s […]

Joro spiders get the publicity, but Georgia hosts armies of invasive plants and critters

By: - October 12, 2021

When Kennesaw State University environmental science student Ryland McGreevy is not studying, he’s often exploring Georgia’s wild spaces, shooting photos and video for a nature-focused Instagram called Caveman Wildlife. He’s familiar with many of Georgia’s four, six and eight-legged residents, but one large yellow spider he kept meeting during his Kennesaw outings threw him for […]

Faculty job security is new fight on Georgia campuses after months of mask dustups

By: - October 6, 2021

The battle over masks in Georgia’s college classrooms continues to simmer, and now another issue is pitting some of the state’s professors against the state’s appointed university system leadership. Next Tuesday and Wednesday, the Georgia Board of Regents is set to consider changes to professor tenure at the 26 public institutions the state manages. Supporters […]

Georgia’s second fall festival season of pandemic has organizers restive

By: - September 27, 2021

In north Georgia, fall means crisp apples fresh from the tree, and for 50 years, people have been enjoying them brewed into cider, baked into pie or candied on a stick at the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay. The fall fruit festivities are set to begin Oct. 9, a welcome return after the pandemic forced […]

Advocates see Democrat gains as Kemp calls special redistricting session Nov. 3

By: - September 24, 2021

An unbiased redrawing of Georgia’s congressional and legislative maps would likely put more state House and Senate seats in Democratic hands, but not enough to give them a majority in the state, according to an analysis by Fair Districts Georgia and the Princeton Gerrymandering Project. “The partisan gap has very clearly narrowed, we’re much closer […]

Georgia parents welcome prospect of COVID vaccine OK for young children

By: - September 20, 2021

The first results of a COVID-19 vaccination study found the treatments are safe and effective for children between 5 and 11, Pfizer and BioNTech announced Monday after a study of more than 2,200 children. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the Pfizer vaccine for ages 16 and up, and people between 12 to 15 […]