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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.

Abortion rights supporters gather in Atlanta after Supreme Court decision

By: - June 24, 2022

Hours after the Supreme Court released its decision overturning the federal right to an abortion, a crowd of hundreds gathered in Atlanta to express their anger at the decision. “There’s a recognition that we’re in a very important moment in history, and what we do right now will determine for generations what women and girls’ […]

What happens now to Georgia’s 2019 anti-abortion law?

By: - June 24, 2022

This story was updated at 5:45 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2022.  The Supreme Court’s decision Friday overturning Roe v. Wade began a major shift in Georgians’ future access to abortion, but how exactly that shift will play out remains to be seen.  Abortion remains legal in Georgia up until 20 weeks into a pregnancy, but […]

Shootings hot topic in Columbus during state’s school safety conference

By: - June 24, 2022

COLUMBUS – The 2022 Georgia School Safety and Homeland Security Conference started like a normal work conference with handshakes and backslaps as more than 700 law enforcement officers and others who work in school safety gathered in a Columbus ballroom. But the mood quickly turned somber when two large screens at the front of the […]

This week’s primaries continued skid for GOP’s anti-CRT school board candidates

By: - June 23, 2022

Voters in Cherokee and Coweta counties rejected three school board candidates backed by a right-wing federal PAC Tuesday, following similar losses in last month’s primary. It’s uncommon for political action committees to weigh in on local races, so voters were surprised to open up their mailboxes and find flyers from the 1776 Project PAC endorsing […]

Establishment Georgia GOP congressional candidates run the table in race to November

By: - June 22, 2022

COLUMBUS – In a stunning upset victory, attorney and Georgia Air National Guard officer Chris West defeated former Army Captain Jeremy Hunt in the GOP Congressional runoff for District 2, earning the right to face Democratic Congressman Sanford Bishop in November. With all precincts accounted for Tuesday night, West had 51.3% of the vote to […]

Georgia teacher task force finds burnout from pandemic fatigue, micromanagement

By: - June 16, 2022

Teachers across Georgia have been polishing up their resumes and hitting up job hunting sites. A survey from the Professional Association of Georgia Educators found about 31% of them said they are unlikely or highly unlikely to remain in the profession for another five years. Georgia is not the only state with a teacher retention […]

Transgender students, allies decry Georgia’s ban on sports participation

By: - June 15, 2022

This story was updated at 11 a.m. June 16, 2022.  Transgender students and their allies said Wednesday they will not be silent in the face of a new state policy they say discriminates against transgender athletes on school teams. “We are at a point where Republicans are using children as political fodder, and we deserve […]

Georgia Rep. Ferguson wants student borrowers to pay off debt themselves

By: - June 14, 2022

If you’ve been looking forward to paying off that student loan debt, Georgia Congressman Drew Ferguson has some good news for you. He’s introduced a bill he says will prevent the Biden administration from canceling student loan debt, ensuring the more than 43 million Americans who owe a total $1.6 trillion will have the right […]

Echoing 2018, Georgia youth rally for gun law changes

By: - June 13, 2022

Chloe Lipton of Fulton County experienced her first active shooter drill when she was 9. “They used like a code word I can still remember,” she said. “Over the intercom, they said, ‘The rock wall is closed, I repeat, the rock wall is closed.’ That’s what the key was for the teachers to do it. […]

Democrats in runoff for Georgia Labor Commissioner ding GOP incumbent

By: - June 9, 2022

When everything is going well, few Georgians keep track of goings on at the state labor department. Things haven’t been going well the past few years. The initial pandemic shutdowns of 2020 caused Georgia businesses to lay off workers in record-breaking numbers, leading to record-breaking problems for people trying to receive unemployment insurance benefits. Jobless […]

Dems running for state elections chief aim debate attacks at Raffensperger

By: - June 6, 2022

The two remaining Democratic candidates for Georgia’s secretary of state took to the debate stage Monday to make their case for selection as the party nominee ahead of the June 21 runoff. But rather than go after each other, state Rep. Bee Nguyen of Atlanta and former state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler of DeKalb trained their […]

Georgia’s high-dollar election campaigns now waged in your social media feeds

By: - June 6, 2022

If it seems like Stacey Abrams or Herschel Walker have been popping up on your social media timeline more than usual, it’s not your imagination. Over 7,000 groups ranging from political parties to environmentalists and anti-union coalitions spent money to beam Facebook ads to Georgians’ screens last month during the buildup to the May 24 […]