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.

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 […]

Eyes on the nation in Georgia: Warnock preachings reverberate in bid to leap from pulpit to U.S. Senate

By: - December 29, 2020

A couple dozen supporters and volunteers lined the sidewalks outside the Cobb County Election Department headquarters in Marietta late last week as a bus bearing the likeness of the Rev. Raphael Warnock pulled in for a campaign stop. The man aiming to be one of the next United States senators from Georgia stepped out to […]

Biden rallies for Democrats in Senate runoffs ‘to get something done’

By: - December 16, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden came to Atlanta Tuesday for his first public speech since Monday when the Electoral College confirmed his win in the Nov. 3 election. “Thank you for turning out in record numbers in the November election,” he told the crowd in the drive-in rally. “Thank you for the faith you put in me […]

Gig worker’s tale: Economy craters, pet groomer hopes to land on feet

By: - May 23, 2020

This story was published by the Georgia Recorder, a sister media outlet to the Florida Phoenix. Monday was JD Harrison’s birthday, but he didn’t have much cause for celebration. “I’m not getting by, realistically speaking,” he said. “I don’t want to embarrass myself, but I’m not getting by.” At the start of the year, Harrison […]