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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. 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. The Florida Phoenix is a sister media outlet to the Georgia Recorder. Both outlets are part of the nonprofit States Newsroom.

Georgia High School Association OKs bans of transgender athletes

By: - May 5, 2022

The Georgia High School Association has changed its rules for determining the gender of a student athlete in a move that will prevent transgender students from playing on teams that match their gender identities. The association, which oversees sports in 465 public and private schools across the state, approved the change with a unanimous vote […]

Marjorie Taylore Greene defiant, forgetful in court challenge to reelection eligibility

By: - April 24, 2022

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene took the stand Friday in an at-times raucous court hearing that incorporated a history lesson on the Whiskey rebellion and a stirring speech from a president fighting off an extraterrestrial invasion. Greene was in the hot seat because a group of voters say she should not be allowed to run for […]

Trump sends cash to anti-Kemp group, marking his first big midterm donation

By: - April 14, 2022

Former President Donald Trump has opened up his wallet – or at least his political action committee – in the hopes of thwarting Gov. Brian Kemp’s bid for a second term. Trump’s Save America PAC has donated $500,000 to Get Georgia Right, a Virginia-based anti-Kemp super PAC. As Politico first reported, the check is Trump’s first big […]

Republicans pass transgender sports ban in final moments of legislative session

By: - April 6, 2022

Republicans used a last-minute legislative maneuver to slip language that could lead to banning transgender athletes from playing on girls’ sports teams in public schools into a bill targeting so-called divisive concepts in classrooms. “It was laid on our desks probably 15 minutes or so before we voted on it,” said Brookhaven Democratic Rep. Matthew Wilson. “I […]

Bill proposing ban on free-speech zones at college campuses clears Georgia Legislature

By: - April 5, 2022

So-called college free-speech zones could soon be nothing but a memory in Georgia after the Senate passed a bill Monday designed to expand free speech areas at Georgia’s public schools campus-wide. “House Bill 1 will protect and clarify the First Amendment rights our students should enjoy on our public colleges and universities,” said Sen. Bruce […]

Georgia recess requirement bill awaits Kemp’s signature

By: - April 4, 2022

Georgia’s more than 740,000 public elementary school students could be spending more time climbing on jungle gyms and racing down slides thanks to a bill passed by the state Senate Friday. House Bill 1283 requires schools to schedule 30 minutes of recess per day for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. The bill’s sponsor, Stockbridge Democratic […]

Memorials mark anniversary of spa shootings with tributes to victims of ‘hate and fear’

By: - March 19, 2022

Wednesday marked a somber anniversary for Georgians, especially those with Asian American ancestry. On March 16, 2021, a gunman attacked three Asian American spas in Atlanta and Cherokee County, killing eight people and injuring another. Six of the people killed were Asian American women. The nation mourned along with Georgia as the tragedy came amid a spike in anti-Asian […]

Georgia senators pass controversial classroom ‘divisive concepts’ bill

By: - March 13, 2022

The Georgia Senate passed a bill along party lines Friday that would prevent teachers from discussing so-called divisive concepts about race in the United States. The bill, which passed 32-20, now heads to the House, which passed a similar bill last week. That House bill will be up for Senate consideration. If either one becomes law, nine […]

Troops at Georgia’s Fort Stewart prepare to aid NATO role in Ukraine conflict

By: and - February 28, 2022

HINESVILLE, Ga. — Anka Hinze was skeptical a couple of weeks ago when her retired military police officer husband said he had a sense of foreboding that an overseas conflict was about to deliver a ripple effect across the Hinesville community near Fort Stewart. Then the owner of the popular German restaurant Zum Rosenhof in […]

National right-wing state-level freedom caucus launches at Georgia Capitol

By: - December 16, 2021

State lawmakers from around the country came to Georgia’s Capitol Tuesday to announce a network of state freedom caucuses modeled after and supported by the one in the U.S. House. Cumming Republican Sen. Greg Dolezal, chair of the new Georgia Freedom Caucus, said the goal is to promote conservative values in state legislatures around the […]

Perdue’s candidacy quickly complicates 2022 governor’s race

By: - December 7, 2021

Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue has joined the race to become the state’s next governor, setting up a bruising primary against sitting Republican governor Brian Kemp before the eventual victor can challenge likely Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams. “It will be like a cage match,” said University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock. “World heavyweight […]

Jury starts deliberations in trial of three men charged in Ahmaud Arbery’s killing

By: - November 23, 2021

The fates of three men charged with the death of Ahmaud Arbery are in the hands of a Glynn County, Ga., jury after the prosecution made its closing arguments Tuesday. According to pool reports, deliberation will continue Friday and Saturday if necessary. Members of the jury will decide how long they will deliberate on any […]