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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.

Raphael Warnock wins U.S. Senate runoff, giving Democrats a 51-seat majority

By: - December 7, 2022

ATLANTA – Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock will return to Washington to represent Georgia for the next six years after winning his Senate runoff Tuesday, handing Senate Democrats a coveted 51st seat. The Associated Press called the race at 10:26 p.m. Tuesday. By early Wednesday morning, Warnock had 51.3% of the vote, edging out Republican […]

Herschel Walker, left, and Senator Raphael Warnock

Decision day: Georgia’s whirlwind U.S. Senate runoff comes to a dramatic close

By: - December 6, 2022

ATLANTA – When the sun rises Wednesday morning, Georgians will hopefully know who will represent them in the U.S. Senate for the next six years. Democrats are hoping to elect incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock and end their year on a happy note. Though the party outperformed expectations nationwide, just narrowly losing control of the U.S. […]

Zach Binney, his wife Amy and their six-month-old son Jacob.

Georgia’s on-again, off-again abortion restrictions create doubt for fertility treatments

By: - November 22, 2022

ATLANTA – On Friday, Zach Binney, an assistant professor at Emory University’s Oxford College, brought his work stuff to the temple where his six-month old son Jacob goes to daycare. He spent the day working in the temple library instead of his office so he could spend 20 minutes with the baby during midday Shabbat […]

Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, left, and Republican challenger Herschel Walker are likely headed for a December runoff.

Georgia U.S. Senate race likely headed for a Dec. 6 runoff 

By: - November 9, 2022

ATLANTA – Georgia’s U.S. Senate race was too close to call early Wednesday morning, but both Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker expressed confidence in their chances. “Herschel is ahead right now, and we feel very good about where we are,” said Ralph Reed, chairman of the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition […]

Democratic U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker

Warnock gains momentum as Walker turmoil prompts some Republicans to split ticket

By: - October 12, 2022

Despite political headwinds favoring Republicans, freshman Sen. Raphael Warnock has outshined his Democratic ticket-mates and remained neck-and-neck with Republican candidate Herschel Walker. A new statewide poll of likely voters paid for by the Georgia News Collaborative and conducted by the University of Georgia finds Warnock with a slight lead and picking up steam with key […]

Authorities investigate explosion that destroys ‘America’s Stonehenge’

By: - July 7, 2022

ELBERTON, Georgia – 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 […]

Matthew Wiersema holds a graphic anti-abortion sign near the Georgia State University campus

University system ends era of free-speech zones on Georgia’s college campuses

By: - May 11, 2022

When Georgia college students return to their campuses in the fall, they could be in for more spirited intellectual debate than they’re used to. The state Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s 26 public universities, voted Tuesday to change their institutions’ free speech policies to bring them in line with newly-signed state legislation. The […]

Atlaanta abortion rights protest

Abortion rights protests erupt, perhaps a prelude of more to come

By: - May 4, 2022

The mood was similar to the George Floyd protests of the summer of 2020, as a diverse group of mostly young people marched, chanting slogans like “No justice, no peace” and “When women’s rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back.”

Donald Trump at a March 2022 Georgia rally

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

By: - April 13, 2022

Former President Donald Trump has opened up his wallet – or at least his political action committee – in the hopes of thwarting Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s bid for a second term.

Georgia State Senator Sally Harrell

Georgia Republicans pass transgender sports ban in final moments of legislative session

By: - April 5, 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.