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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.

Slashed state school funding plan recalls Great Recession austerity

By: - June 21, 2020

For Haven Yancey of south Georgia’s Berrien County, fifth grade was the first year she didn’t get her own textbooks. Now 19, Yancey was in elementary school during the economic fallout from the Great Recession and the crippling state budget cuts that marked those years. When she wanted to study from home, she had to […]

State lawmakers put gambling back on the table, or at least online

By: - June 19, 2020

Online sports betting and casino gambling might still be on the table as state lawmakers wind down Georgia’s 2020 legislative session. The Senate Special Judiciary Committee Friday approved a plan to allow sports fans to wager online on sports, which Atlanta’s professional franchises have publicly called for since last fall. Jackson Republican Sen. Burt Jones’ […]

Georgia convention hotels slash jobs, bad unemployment news persists

By: - June 18, 2020

Fayette County’s Kamesha Frazier knew the call announcing she would be furloughed was coming ahead of time. Frazier’s worked in the hospitality business since 1997, most recently as a revenue manager for a company that supports Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt and IHG hotels. She tracks trends in hotel occupancy, and by the time she got the […]

Proposed state laws that aim to de-escalate police conflicts stacking up

By: - June 17, 2020

As protests continue across Georgia and the country over the deaths of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement officers, state lawmakers are proposing new limits on police powers and arrest tactics. In the two days since the Legislature resumed its 2020 session, Democratic lawmakers filed more than half a dozen bills aimed at […]

Thousands of protesters march to Capitol, demand law and order reform

By: - June 16, 2020

Eric Hill and his grandson Terrence Davis sat outside the Georgia capitol Monday morning with thousands of others as the state NAACP marched to protest police brutality and voter suppression. The two held matching signs reading “I AM A MAN,” a distant echo of those carried in the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike. It was […]

Some Georgia parents dread return to classroom as pandemic persists

By: - June 15, 2020

Gwinnett County mom Sherri Atkinson knows all too well what it’s like to care for a child with a serious illness. Back in 2009, a case of the H1N1 strain of swine flu sent her daughter Madeline to the intensive care unit for a month. Now a rising senior at North Gwinnett High School, Madeline […]

New unemployment claims ease in early June, but recovery remains slow

By: - June 11, 2020

Unlike many other unemployed Georgians, Christina Walker of Macon still has a job to go back to, but the former shift leader at the donuts and coffee chain Dunkin’ can’t afford to clock back in yet. Treatment for three different types of leukemia left her 17-year-old daughter Savannah cancer-free, but with severely compromised defenses against […]

Long lines blamed on technical problems, poor poll worker training

By: , , and - June 9, 2020

Updated at 7:20 p.m. At the Fulton County precinct in the former Fanplex complex on Hank Aaron Drive downtown, perspiration beaded on Carlen Funk’s face around her mask as she handed out water and snacks to the hundreds of people lined up to vote inside the long-shuttered arcade. It was 4:15 p.m. and she’d already […]

State’s biggest money state House race takes new form during pandemic

By: - June 5, 2020

A five-way primary contest to represent a north Atlanta state House district is fueled by nearly a quarter of million dollars as two veteran politicians face off against newcomers for the chance to replace a longtime lawmaker who is stepping aside. Many races on Georgia primary election ballots Tuesday are uncontested, to be decided in […]

Georgia job losses ease, ranks of idled workers still at historic high

By: - June 4, 2020

This post was updated at 4:15 p.m. June 4 to include remarks from the labor department’s afternoon press conference. Fewer Georgians filed new unemployment claims during the last full week in May than in recent weeks, but joblessness remains historically high as workers laid off during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic struggle to […]

State lawmakers plan to resume 2020 legislative session June 15

By: - June 3, 2020

Georgia lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol on June 15, more than three months after they abruptly suspended the 2020 legislative session when fears of COVID-19 disease spreading in Georgia suddenly seized the public’s attention. House Speaker David Ralston previously favored reconvening June 11, while Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan initially preferred resuming May […]

Kemp calls for peace, hearing looms for men charged in Arbery slaying

By: - June 3, 2020

The three men accused in the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery are scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Brunswick Thursday and the governor is counting on the organizers of recent well-planned and calm Brunswick rallies for justice to keep the peace. “We will take the appropriate actions to hold bad actors accountable if they try to […]