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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.

Georgians rally for an end to Ukraine violence

By: - February 26, 2022

Downtown Atlanta was swathed in Ukrainian blue and gold Saturday afternoon as hundreds gathered outside the CNN Center to protest Russia’s invasion of its western neighbor. The demonstrators, part of a worldwide #StandWithUkraine movement, called on the U.S. and NATO to continue to supply armaments to Ukrainian forces and to “close the sky,” or enforce […]

Fort Stewart sending thousands of troops to Europe in response to Russia’s Ukraine invasion

By: - February 25, 2022

The United States response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will include troops stationed at Georgia’s Fort Stewart, according to the Pentagon. President Joe Biden announced during a Thursday press conference that 7,000 troops will be moved to Germany in response to the attack. A Pentagon press officer confirmed to States Newsroom that the majority of […]

Georgia Senate passes ban on transgender sports despite personal testimony

By: and - February 24, 2022

Atlanta Democratic Sen. Sally Harrell fought back emotion in the Senate chamber Thursday as she urged her colleagues to vote down a bill that would ban transgender girls from playing on girls’ school sports teams. “I’m the mother of a trans child,” she said. “And it’s hard to stand up here and say that, because […]

Georgia House panel approves bill to ban teaching of ‘divisive concepts’ on race

By: - February 24, 2022

A Georgia House committee passed a bill designed to eliminate “divisive concepts” in public schools Wednesday despite concerns from Democrats it could chill classroom discussions on race. “There is a fear, and I acknowledge the fear, that teachers feel and some people in those communities, think they are targeted, but this isn’t targeting them,” said […]

Georgia legislators target COVID mask, vaccine precautions with mandate bans

By: and - February 23, 2022

Republican state lawmakers’ fight against COVID-19 mandates gained steam Wednesday, with committees advancing bills that would relax restrictions on school mask requirements and prohibit governments from requiring proof of vaccination at public buildings or to use services. A House committee advanced the Gov. Brian Kemp-backed bill that allows parents to opt their children out of […]

Ga. Senate advances bill that aims to let parents second-guess school lessons

By: - February 22, 2022

A bill supported by Gov. Brian Kemp to give parents more say on what happens in their children’s classrooms passed the state Senate Tuesday on a party line vote. The bill, which supporters call the Parents’ Bill of Rights, is part of a nationwide conservative push against what some parents see as “woke” lessons. It […]

Georgia votes 2022: New Trump effect, new election law, new political maps

By: , and - February 22, 2022

Georgia voters might not hold the power this time around to dramatically flip control of the federal government, but even so, the once reliably red state will stay at the center of national politics this year. It was just a little more than a year ago when a record five million Georgians turned out to […]

Horse racing bills break out of Georgia’s legislative gate in new bid to beat long odds

By: - February 17, 2022

A suite of bills designed to legalize horse racing in Georgia got a boost Thursday from a study suggesting that allowing Georgians to bet on races could bring more than a billion dollars in new revenue to the state. But the perennial push to expand the state’s gambling options faced withering criticism from detractors who […]

Critics fume as Sonny Perdue closes in on Georgia’s university chancellor job

By: - February 16, 2022

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, who also served as United States secretary of agriculture, has been named sole finalist to lead the state’s public college and university system despite worries over his lack of educational experience and fears that his conservative political past may be seen as divisive to some students. The Georgia Board of […]

Mask rule controversies continue to simmer as Kemp bids to ban school mandates

By: - February 15, 2022

Georgia school children could go mask-free in the classroom, at least until next summer, if a bill just rolled out by Gov. Brian Kemp passes the Legislature. The Unmask Georgia Students Act, introduced Monday by Buford Republican Sen. Clint Dixon, bans school boards, superintendents, administrators and teachers from requiring masks on school property unless there […]

Educators worry parental rights legislation sets stage for grudge-motivated complaints

By: - February 14, 2022

A so-called parental bill of rights passed a state Senate committee Monday, while another controversial bill banning the promotion of “divisive concepts” in public school or university classrooms is set for another hearing. Senate Bill 449, sponsored by Buford Republican Sen. Clint Dixon, a floor leader to Gov. Brian Kemp, spells out rights for Georgia […]

Georgia Supreme Court Justice Nahmias to leave bench this summer

By: - February 11, 2022

Chief Justice David Nahmias announced his resignation Friday after 12 years on the state’s highest court and less than a year as its chief justice. “After several months of reflection and prayer, I have decided that it is time for me to spend more time with my new fiancee, my children and the rest of […]