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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.

Regular flu season looms as wildcard as Georgia hospitals strain to treat COVID patients

By: - September 20, 2021

It won’t be long before autumn comes to Georgia, but the changing season could bring more than just cooler temperatures and beautiful foliage. For pharmacists, cold weather means more people coming through their doors looking for relief from stuffy noses and sore throats or to ward off infection with a flu vaccine. October marks the […]

Georgia’s college-bound students hit SAT highs despite pandemic turmoil

By: - September 15, 2021

Georgia’s class of 2021 showed significant increases in their SAT scores and performed better than the national average, though significantly fewer students took the test than in previous years. Public school students across the state increased their average math score from 511 to 531 over last year’s class, and evidence-based reading and writing went from […]

Professors start week of campus protests against statewide classroom mask ban

By: - September 14, 2021

College professors across Georgia took up signs and bullhorns Monday to protest statewide policies barring university leadership from requiring COVID-19 safety precautions like mandatory masks inside campus buildings. The protests, the first in this week’s planned daily demonstrations around the state, are being organized by the Georgia Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. […]

Georgia public university leader reaffirms statewide ban on campus mask mandates

By: - September 9, 2021

At two Atlanta meetings Thursday morning, two groups of education leaders outlined opposing visions for the COVID-19 safety measures students and employees should be subject to at Georgia’s colleges and universities. Georgia Board of Regents acting Chancellor Teresa MacCartney said the focus should be on encouraging, but not requiring, as many students as possible to […]

Georgia’s rural Trump-supporting turf drags down state’s COVID vaccination rank

By: - September 9, 2021

When Grantville Councilman Jim Sells started feeling sick this summer, he tried to tough it out. He described himself as a hardcore conservative and a skeptic of masks, vaccines and other COVID-19 precautions. He tried some home remedies he read about online, but nothing helped, so he checked himself into the hospital, not knowing just […]

Georgia jobless rate near pre-pandemic lows but COVID surge complicates outlook

By: - September 6, 2021

Georgia’s unemployment rate has steadily improved toward pre-pandemic levels — July’s unemployment rate was 3.7%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, within shouting distance of March 2020’s rate of 3.6%. Nationwide, the unemployment rate is 5.2%. “We felt a lot of pain during the pandemic, there’s no disputing that,” said Kennesaw State University economics […]

Georgia college professors warn of COVID danger as state pushes mask-less fall

By: - September 1, 2021

Georgia Tech’s current COVID-19 prevention measures are not sufficient to prevent widespread transmission of the virus, a biology professor wrote this week in a letter to Provost Steve McLaughlin. “I will not be surprised if we have 5,000 cases in the next month, half undetected and most asymptomatic or very mild, and more than half […]

Georgia AG joins court fight against Biden administration transgender protections

By: - August 31, 2021

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is joining counterparts in 19 other states to sue the Biden administration over federal anti-discrimination protections for transgender students. “The administration is willfully circumventing the authority of Congress and ignoring the rule of law with this regulatory overreach,” Carr said in a statement. “There is an established process to change […]

Kemp sends more National Guard troops to COVID fight as cases and divisions surge

By: - August 31, 2021

Georgia Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey shared a frank and disturbing snapshot of the spread of COVID-19 in the state Monday. “We are, as I’ve mentioned before, a little behind some of our other southern states where we are with the delta surge, and this is indeed a delta surge,” she told reporters at […]

Georgia college professors back to campus lecturing on COVID delta 101

By: - August 30, 2021

College students across Georgia are back to hitting the books and tablets as a new semester began this month on campuses across the state. But this fall semester, many professors say they have more than grading and lecturing to worry about. COVID-19 cases are surging as the delta variant spreads among Georgia’s unvaccinated masses, and […]

Mask policy conflicts flare as Georgia schools cope with children’s COVID surge

By: - August 27, 2021

For many Cobb County residents, the local school district tops their list of reasons for moving to the suburban county north of Atlanta. High schools there are often ranked among the best in the state and country, and for sale signs outside of Cobb homes often feature the name of the local high school in […]

Herschel Walker bulls way into Republican field challenging Warnock

By: - August 25, 2021

This story was updated at 6:30 a.m. Aug. 25 to include Walker’s official campaign announcement. Herschel Walker, the University of Georgia football star-turned Donald Trump ally, has launched a campaign to be Georgia’s next Republican U.S. Senator, challenging Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. Walker’s entry ends months of speculation that the Trump friend would reshape the […]