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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.

Powerful state lawmakers to recalculate Georgia’s politically fraught school funding math

By: - August 1, 2022

When Georgia lawmakers created the formula to pay for its public schools, President Ronald Reagan was celebrating the start of his second term, Purple Rain cassettes were flying off of the shelves, and children were monopolizing family TVs with their state-of-the-art Nintendo Entertainment Systems. The White House has changed occupants six times since then, and […]

Kemp grants more federal COVID relief cash for Georgia teachers to shop for supplies

By: - July 29, 2022

MCDONOUGH – Georgia teachers will soon be heading back to their classrooms with some extra cash for supplies. Gov. Brian Kemp visited Ola High School in Henry County Friday to announce a $125 grant using his office’s share of COVID-19 federal relief funds for full-time public school teachers and staff members who provide instructional and […]

ACLU, doctors open new legal front to challenge Georgia anti-abortion law

By: and - July 26, 2022

A new attempt to stop Georgia’s anti-abortion law has been filed in Fulton County Superior Court, opening a new front in state court for the post-Roe legal fight one week after a federal appeals court let Georgia’s law take effect. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia on behalf […]

First Lady visits Athens summer learning program, plugs Biden administration COVID relief aid

By: - July 21, 2022

ATHENS – First Lady Jill Biden came to Athens Thursday to promote a key educational piece of her husband’s American Rescue Plan. The first lady’s visit came hours after the White House announced President Joe Biden has contracted COVID-19. Jill Biden did not mention her husband’s diagnosis during her brief remarks, but at a previous […]

Herschel Walker plays up farmer kinship, links Warnock to Biden at Athens livestock auction

By: - July 21, 2022

ATHENS – Republican U.S. Senate nominee Herschel Walker played opening act for a herd of cows Wednesday during a campaign stop at Northeast Georgia Livestock LLC, a livestock auction house in Athens. “I grew up in, like I said, Wrightsville, Georgia,” Walker told the crowd of farmers and ranchers. “I grew up with goats, cows, […]

Georgia abortion law’s ‘personhood’ clause debated in the wake of abortion ruling

By: and - July 18, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court may have cleared the way for Georgia’s ban on most abortions after about six weeks, but the debate over the state law’s far-reaching “personhood” provisions remains unsettled. The state’s anti-abortion law was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court judge in 2020, and the state’s appeal of that decision was paused last […]

If Georgia’s strict anti-abortion law takes effect, uneven prosecutions could follow

By: - July 18, 2022

With Roe vs. Wade a thing of the past and Georgia expected to enact its 2019 fetal personhood law any day now, women seeking abortions are set to enter unknown legal territory. The law expands the concept of personhood to recognize an unborn child as a human being after about six weeks of pregnancy, meaning […]

Walker latest to get flagged for campaign filing omission as Georgia Senate race heats up

By: - July 14, 2022

Republican senate candidate Herschel Walker is once again facing scrutiny over a finance disclosure originally filed in December, and a left-leaning political action committee is renewing its call for an investigation. End Citizens United asked the U.S. Department of Justice in April to investigate whether Walker broke the law in a report they said omitted […]

Georgia’s public health officials warn against COVID complacency as virus cases rise

By: - July 12, 2022

Georgia and the United States could be heading for a new wave of COVID-19, but public health officials are hoping new infections won’t bring new hospitalizations and deaths as in previous waves since more residents are now vaccinated. In both the U.S. and Georgia, COVID-19 case numbers have been relatively flat, though data show a […]

Gas price politics, inflation fuel Georgia campaigns for governor, Senate

By: - July 8, 2022

Many Georgians hitting the road for the Fourth of July travel season saw a familiar face at the gas station as Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams smiled from screens on over 5,500 gas pumps across the state. Abrams’ campaign purchased ads on the pumps in an attempt to defang Gov. Brian Kemp’s messaging on high […]

Failed GOP governor candidate cheers ‘satanic’ Georgia Guidestones blast

By: - July 7, 2022

ELBERTON – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an explosion that destroyed much of the Georgia Guidestones, a quirky granite monument in Elberton near the South Carolina border. Sometimes called “America’s Stonehenge,” the guidestones consisted of several large, upright stone blocks built in alignment with stars and constellations and weighing in at 119 tons […]

Warnock pushes caps on prescription costs, negotiated Medicare drug prices

By: - July 2, 2022

A senior center in Fayetteville hosted a U.S. Senate committee hearing the first day of July on the high cost of prescription drugs for American seniors, a topic Gretchen Spring of Marietta is deeply familiar with. Her husband, Peter, died in April after doctors diagnosed him with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016. During his fight with […]