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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.

Long fuel lines persist as Colonial Pipeline begins to resume operations

By: - May 12, 2021

As school buses full of sleepy-eyed children rolled down Highway 92 in Woodstock early Wednesday morning, Morgan Vagnasco parked her car in front of the RaceTrac and pulled out a red gasoline jug. Every one of the pumps was occupied, and more morning commuters idled in the lot, ready to swoop in as soon as […]

Ossoff to introduce bill bringing back water handouts at the polls

By: - May 10, 2021

Georgia U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff will introduce legislation this week aiming to restore Georgians’ ability to hand out food and water to voters waiting in lines outside of polling precincts. At a virtual press briefing Monday, Ossoff called his Voters’ Access to Water Act a “direct response” to a controversial portion of Senate Bill 202, […]

Sen. Ossoff shines spotlight on new funding for HBCUs

By: - May 10, 2021

Atlanta’s historically Black colleges and universities are set to receive just under $32 million combined in grants from the American Rescue Plan, part of the $3 billion set aside for HBCUs in the $2 trillion relief package signed by President Joe Biden in March. “HBCUs are gems in our nation’s system of higher education,” U.S. […]

State education department ask for ideas for billions in COVID relief

By: - May 5, 2021

The Georgia Department of Education is asking the public to weigh in with suggestions for spending money from the latest $3.8 billion installment of federal COVID-19 relief assistance. Feedback is due by May 19 and should apply specifically to the money received by the state to address statewide learning loss and other needs, not to […]

Teacher ‘pipeline plan’ gets Kemp OK in year of classroom COVID anxiety

By: - May 5, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp signed six education bills into law Tuesday, including sweeping legislation intended to boost the state’s ability to recruit and retain teachers after a year of uncertainty and struggle in and out of the classroom. “As the dad of a future educator, I understand how important it is to empower our teachers so […]

Ga. House members could be on hot seat in Congressional redistricting

By: and - May 4, 2021

Georgia is likely one of the states Republicans will be banking on to win back the U.S. House in 2022, according to an initial analysis of U.S. Census data released last week, and this year’s redrawing of Congressional lines could be the key. The findings suggest a boost for Republicans nationwide, albeit a small one. […]

Warnock says after first 100 days new priority is forgiving student loan debt

By: - April 30, 2021

At a virtual town hall marking his 100th day in office Friday, Sen. Raphael Warnock looked back on some of his accomplishments and pledged to push for college debt relief and help for rural Georgians. Chief among his achievements, he said, was his support for the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion economic relief package […]

Biden pitches $4 trillion in spending plans at Georgia drive-in rally

By: - April 29, 2021

President Joe Biden could have marked his 100th day in office just about anywhere, but he chose to celebrate in Georgia, alongside two of his favorite Georgians, Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. Their runoff victories in January helped secure a narrow Democratic majority in Congress, without which Biden would have had a much more […]

Closure of mass sites means new phase in Georgia vaccine plan

By: - April 28, 2021

This story was updated at 8:55 a.m. Wednesday.  Judy Burds of North Georgia is an administrator for a Facebook group with more than 20,000 members and a goal of helping Georgians find COVID-19 vaccines. Burds estimates she’s helped well over a thousand Georgians schedule a vaccine appointment, and she’s happy to report that’s gotten significantly […]

Census reports Georgia growth shift, setting up political battle lines

By: and - April 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — After months of delays, the U.S. Census Bureau on Monday gave states part of the critical data needed to redraw their U.S. House boundaries: an updated tally of how many people live within their borders, and the number of House districts that each state will have for the next decade.  For six states, […]

As blue wave washes over Cobb, push to carve out new cities gains steam

By: - April 23, 2021

This story was updated at 11 a.m. on April 23 to include comments from Cobb County Commission Chair Lisa Cupid. When DeAnna Harris was looking for a new Cobb County home, she wanted someplace private, but not too far from amenities. She said she struck gold when she found a place in west Cobb. “I […]

Georgia colleges wade into ‘vaccine passport’ debate in new COVID clash

By: and - April 22, 2021

After a stressful year of video conferences and hybrid coursework, University of North Georgia associate professor of rhetoric and composition Matthew Boedy is beginning to think about what he’ll say when he greets his students in the classroom this fall. “What I’m looking forward to most is the individual student conferences,” said Boedy, who is […]