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.
University system ends era of free-speech zones on Georgia’s college campuses
By: Ross Williams - 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 […]
Abortion rights protests erupt, perhaps a prelude of more to come
By: Ross Williams - 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.”
Trump sends cash to anti-Kemp group, marking his first big midterm donation
By: Ross Williams - 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 Republicans pass transgender sports ban in final moments of legislative session
By: Ross Williams - 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.