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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.

Federal judge to rule soon on Kemp’s uncapped fundraising war chest

By: - January 31, 2022

Gov. Brian Kemp and former Senator David Perdue won’t duke it out at the ballot box until May, but lawyers for both candidates faced off in federal court Monday over whether a new state election finance law unfairly favors the governor. The fight is over a law Kemp signed last year creating special leadership committees […]

Georgia college students with criminal records campaign to move ‘Beyond the Box’

By: - January 28, 2022

Applying for college is a stressful time for any student, but Abigail Cook faced more difficulties than most. When she was 17, Cook said she made a decision that still haunts her. She got behind the wheel with a blood alcohol content of .04. That is half the legal limit for an adult, but Georgia […]

New Cobb city proposals gain momentum despite qualms of some leaders

By: - January 28, 2022

More than 140,000 Cobb County residents could soon have new hometowns as a wave of cityhood bills moved forward in the Georgia House Thursday. A proposed city of East Cobb sponsored by east Cobb Republican state Rep. Matt Dollar passed a House vote 98-63 and is set to head to the Senate. Hours later, bills […]

House bill to extend ‘free speech’ areas campus-wide spurs First Amendment debate

By: - January 27, 2022

On Tuesday, Matthew Wiersema strapped his GoPro to his chest, grabbed his megaphone and came to downtown Atlanta next to the Georgia State University campus with a large sign bearing an image of what appeared to be a bloody, mangled fetus. Wiersema is a street preacher with a mission to outlaw abortion in the United […]

Critics say Georgia bill intended to ease school library book bans a ‘slippery slope’

By: - January 26, 2022

A bill aimed at making it easier for Georgia parents to have books banned from their school libraries earned Republican support in a state House subcommittee meeting Tuesday. Under Dallas Republican Sen. Jason Anavitarte’s Senate Bill 226, which passed his chamber last year but never came to a House vote, parents who believe school materials […]

Top Georgia GOP candidates woo party faithful with culture war visions

By: - January 25, 2022

Republican candidates for Georgia’s highest offices made their cases in front of some of the party’s most dedicated voters Monday at the Georgia Faith and Freedom Legislative Luncheon in Atlanta. “We believe that this is the year that people in right standing with the Lord are going to be ascending into positions, across the country, […]

Kemp targets critical race theory, transgender sports participation

By: - January 14, 2022

The next few months could see critical race theory banned and transgender student athletes sidelined if Gov. Brian Kemp gets his way. Kemp’s 2022 State of the State speech delivered Thursday could be his last if he does not fend off his Republican and Democratic challengers, and in addition to pay raises for teachers and […]

East Cobb first out of the gate in Georgia Legislature’s 2022 cityhood charge

By: - January 13, 2022

Update: This story was updated Thursday morning at 10:30 to indicate the bill had passed committee. East Cobb could be the first of several new Georgia cities to emerge from this year’s legislative session as a House committee met Wednesday afternoon to discuss whether residents of the affluent Atlanta suburb should have the opportunity to […]

U.S. Ag Secretary commits to help Black farmers get back to land during Georgia stop

By: - January 11, 2022

A plan to provide debt relief to Black farmers championed by Sen. Raphael Warnock remains in limbo, but during a trip to Atlanta Monday, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he’s hopeful a solution will come, whether through Congress or the courts. “We’re filing briefs, we’re filing motions, we’re doing discovery, we’re moving forward so […]

State superintendent expects students back in class, teacher raises in 2022

By: - January 7, 2022

Despite some large Georgia school systems implementing an online start to the semester this week, the state’s public educational system is poised for a successful and mostly in-person semester, state Superintendent Richard Woods said Friday. “It goes without saying that the last two years have been shaped by the pandemic, our recovery is ongoing,” Woods […]

Return to Georgia’s public schools as COVID cases spike fraught for parents, students

By: - January 7, 2022

Once again, Georgia students are headed back to school facing a sharp peak in COVID-19 cases. The new year started with a spike in reports concentrated mostly in the metro Atlanta region — nearly 19,000 cases were reported statewide on New Year’s Day, smashing Georgia’s previous record of just over 10,000 cases on Jan. 8, […]

Kemp pushes for expanded gun-carry rights without government ‘piece of paper’

By: - January 5, 2022

Gov. Brian Kemp plans to make firearms a central issue of the coming legislative session with the announcement of his support of legislation to expand gun rights. Kemp did not go into specifics speaking at a Wednesday morning press conference at a massive gun store and indoor shooting range in Smyrna, but he pledged to […]