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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.

Georgia jobless rate ticks up in late June ahead of $300 benefits cut

By: - July 8, 2021

Like others working in Georgia’s tourism industry, Hilda Thomason, general manager of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Towns County, says she’s seeing more customers than ever before, but getting nowhere near enough job applicants. She’s made two hires in the last month, but she needs another six to eight people to help maintain the fairgrounds […]

Georgia’s redistricting roadshow spurs calls for local Balkanization

By: - July 6, 2021

When Georgia lawmakers sit down to draw the state’s new Congressional and legislative borders this fall, they should remember the Latino population in the north of the state, says Jose Morales of Whitfield County. “The carpet industry alone employs over 30,000 people in Whitfield County, and the majority of those are migrant workers, specifically Latino […]

At Atlanta preschool, Ossoff says child tax credit can reduce poverty

By: - June 29, 2021

School nurse Johnnie Thomas – Nurse Johnnie to the kids at Atlanta’s Sheltering Arms Educare Center preschool – sees the effects of child poverty first hand. Most of the students receive financial aid to attend classes there, and about 98% of the families served by the school meet the financial eligibility requirements for Medicaid, Thomas […]

Georgia’s hot summer of political mapmaking drama takes Capitol step

By: - June 29, 2021

Georgia lawmakers held their first in-person hearing Monday on the once-a-decade process to redraw boundaries for the state’s congressional and legislative districts, introducing the public to a partisan drama set to play out this year.  Earlier this month, state House and Senate committees in charge of redistricting and reapportionment held a virtual hearing for residents […]

Time short for parents of special-needs children to claim COVID money

By: - June 25, 2021

Georgia parents of students with disabilities are eligible for a reimbursement of up to $500 for education expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic, but time is running out to apply – the deadline is June 30 – and most of the money is still unclaimed. Gov. Brian Kemp announced the program in his January state of […]

End of the line for jobless Georgians reliant on $300 weekly federal boost

By: - June 25, 2021

Georgia is set to cut off extended federal unemployment benefits by this weekend, threatening to end relief aid to more than 218,00 Georgians who used the money to get through the pandemic, according to a report from the National Employment Law Project. On Saturday, Georgia will stop participating in a host of federal programs enhancing […]

Georgia university system OKs former Deal budget chief acting chancellor

By: - June 23, 2021

The Georgia Board of Regents Wednesday selected Teresa MacCartney, a veteran of state higher education and government, to temporarily take command of the state’s university system in July, delaying, at least, former Gov. Sonny Perdue’s chances of landing the job. The regents voted unanimously Wednesday to approve MacCartney as acting chancellor after Steve Wrigley steps […]

Suit charges Georgia Dept. of Labor provided slow payments, bad service

By: - June 22, 2021

The Southern Poverty Law Center and an Atlanta-based law firm have filed a class action lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Labor and Commissioner Mark Butler over the long delays suffered by some out-of-work Georgians during the pandemic. Four named and nine anonymous plaintiffs say the labor department violated the law by not acting promptly […]

VP Harris in Atlanta urges vaccine-shy Georgians: ‘Get those numbers up’

By: - June 18, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris visited Atlanta Friday in an effort to bump up the state’s lagging COVID-19 vaccination numbers ahead of President Joe Biden’s goal to at least partially vaccinate 70% of the nation’s adults by Independence Day. Georgia is not doing Biden any favors this time — about 52% of Georgians 18 or older […]

Supreme Court sides with Catholic agency in gay foster care dispute

By: - June 17, 2021

A unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday handed a victory to a Philadelphia Catholic organization fighting with the city to continue rejecting applications from prospective foster parents who are in same-sex relationships. The decision falls short of a decisive win, either for those who seek to uphold religious liberty or those who champion […]

Ga. lawmakers tee up battle to set political turf with decade shelf life

By: - June 16, 2021

You probably won’t see nearly as many TV attack ads or pieces of junk mail, but the redistricting process that kicked off Tuesday night could be as big a political fight as any Georgia election. Lawmakers began the once-in-a-decade process of redrawing the state’s political boundaries with a virtual joint hearing of the state House […]

COVID anxiety persists even as post-pandemic normalcy starts to return

By: - June 15, 2021

Since last April, thousands of Georgians have called or texted the COVID-19 Emotional Support Line to talk about the stress and anxiety of living through the pandemic, but callers have different needs now than they did when the first cases arrived in the state last spring. “For the first chunk of April through October, the […]