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Meet the Panel


Scott Slade, Host

Scott Slade is host of Atlanta’s Morning News, consistantly one of the top-rated radio programs in metro Atlanta for twenty years in a row, and among the top-rated news-talk programs in the USA.  The show airs weekdays, 5:00-8:30 AM, on AM750 and now 95.5 FM, Newstalk WSB.  Scott is a rare two-time winner of the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award as Best Radio Personality in America, in 2004 for Large Markets and 2006 for Major Markets.  Atlanta’s Morning News with Scott Slade has won numerous awards since its inception in 1991, including the national Edward R. Murrow Award as Best Radio Newscast in the nation.  Scott inititiated the WSB Radio Care-a-Thon for the AFLAC Cancer Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in 2000, raising nearly nine million dollars so far to fight children’s cancer and blood disorders.  Scott has been with WSB Radio since 1984 as a producer, show host, and helicopter traffic reporter.  His career includes all facets of media since 1970.  He was won numerous news, programming and advertising awards since his broadcasting career began at the age of 15.  In fact, his first award was an Associated Press award in 1971 for “News Interpretation” for a weekly program where he and other teenage journalists interviewed news makers on a local radio station.  He is an Atlanta native.  He is a graduate of Georgia State University, a commercial airplane and helicopter pilot, and enjoys hiking, playing jazz saxophone, and horseback riding among his hobbies.

 


Tom Crawford, Panelist

Tom Crawford has been involved in covering Georgia politics for more than 30 years, working first as a newspaper reporter and editor with the Atlanta Journal, the Montgomery Advertiser and the Marietta Daily Journal. He maintained his involvement in the political scene after he took a temporary break from daily journalism, working as a speechwriter and public relations adviser in the late 1980s and 1990s. He returned to political reporting in 2000 as the editor of the online news service, The Georgia Report, where he writes about the General Assembly and all aspects of state politics. He is a frequent guest analyst for "The Lawmakers" on Georgia Public Television and writes a political column for more than 25 newspapers around the state.

 


Jim Galloway, Panelist

Galloway, 55, author of the Political Insider blog and twice-weekly column, has been a writer and editor with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for more than three decades. He is an unrepentant child of the suburbs who played Little League ball (badly) on what is now the fourth runway at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.  Galloway has witnessed every kind of political contest, from city council races to presidential contests to a failed revolution in China. In 1976, while Jimmy Carter accepted the Democratic nomination for president of the United States on TV, it was young Galloway’s weighty task to blindly call Georgia residents to see how many were watching the John Wayne movie scheduled opposite. Quite a few, it turned out.  Responsibilities have increased have increased since then, somewhat, to include mayors, governors and the occasional head of state. But the meanest, nastiest, most low-down campaign he’s ever seen remains a race for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention.


Blake Aued
Athens Banner-Herald

Blake Aued has covered government and politics for the Athens Banner-Herald since 2005. He grew up in Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama and studied at the University of Mississippi before returning to Georgia in 2003.


Susanna Capelouto
GPB Radio

Susanna Capelouto oversees the news operation for the 17 station GPB radio network both on-air and on line. In her position she coordinates with GPB reporters throughout the state of Georgia. Susanna has won numerous Broadcast awards over the years from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Georgia Broadcasters Association and Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. She has served as president of the Georgia AP Broadcasters board in 2006-2007 and won the Radio Journalist of the year award from the Atlanta Press Club in 2004. Susanna Is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Public Radio News Directors Inc., The Atlanta Press Club and Air Media (Association of Independents in Radio). Susanna also serves as managing editor of Georgia Gazette, the longest running , and now daily, radio features program with a Georgia focus. Her strengths in reporting include Georgia politics, education, The South and all things Southern.


Rodrigo Cervantes
MundoHispánico

Rodrigo Cervantes was born and raised in Mexico City. He currently works in Atlanta as the Editor of MundoHispánico, one of Georgia's oldest and largest Hispanic media companies, and one of the Spanish-written publications of Cox Enterprises, with products such as MundoHispánico weekly news and website and Padres & Hijos Atlanta, a parental magazine. He also enjoys contributing with opinion columns, articles and cartooning under his alter-ego, "Cascajo". He was recognized in 2009 with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship along with other 11 outstanding journalists from all over the country. Other awards include the Power 30 Under 30 for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, and the José Martí Gold Awards for Cartooning and Opinion Writing Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHP). Under his management, MundoHispánico has also received several awards from the NAHJ. His professional experience includes working as a reporter, special correspondent and editor for Reforma, Mexico's premier daily. Cervantes graduated in Communication Sciences and Journalism with Honors from Monterrey Tech, Mexico City Campus. In 2005, Cervantes was granted with the Fundación Carolina scholarship from the Spanish Government to obtain an MBA degree in the San Pablo School of Business (Madrid).


Richard Hyatt
RichardHyatt'sColumbus.com

Richard Hyatt is a reporter, writer and author from Columbus. Starting as a Friday night stringer covering high school football games for $5.00 and a byline, he spent more than forty years with newspapers in Atlanta and Columbus, writing articles on a variety of topics from a variety of datelines around the world. He worked at both the Atlanta Times and the Atlanta Constitution before making the move to Columbus in 1972. He worked for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer for 35 years before retiring in 2008 to spend more time as a freelance writer. As an author, he has written and published eleven non-fiction books and is working on his twelfth. His works include biographies of a President, governor, a Speaker of the House and a gospel singer who performed at the funerals of Hank Williams and Elvis Presley. He continues to write two columns a week for the Columbus newspaper and has founded Richard Hyatt's Columbus, a groundbreaking website for local news and opinion. He also co-hosts the morning show on WDAK News Radio 540.


Walter Jones
Morris News Service

Walter Jones, Atlanta bureau chief and director of Morris News Service, has been covering Georgia politics since 1998. Before that, he was an award-winning business reporter for the Augusta Chronicle and the Griffin Daily News and spent 10 years as a financial planner in his hometown of Griffin. He started his career after attending Georgia State University for undergraduate and graduate school by heading to Washington where he was a congressional aide for three years and then a marketing director for five newsletters over another two years before his return to Georgia. He lives in Newnan with his wife Linda and teenaged daughter Meg, and his son Charlie attends Georgia Southwestern State University.


Joe Kirby
Marietta Daily Journal

Joe Kirby has been Editorial Page Editor of the Marietta Daily Journal since 1992 and has won the prestigious Freedom of Information Award and Public Service Award from the Associated Press (Georgia) and the Georgia Press Association numerous times, as well as winning awards for Best Columnist, Best Editorial, Best Editorial Pages and Best Feature from those groups. He is the Southeastern Region 2008 winner of the First Place "Green Eyeshade" Award for Editorial Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. Kirby worked in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a city hall/general assignment reporter for the MDJ. Prior to that, Kirby was a reporter/anchorman for radio stations in northeast Georgia. He has a B.A. from James Madison University in History and Communication Arts. He serves on the boards of the Marietta Museum of History, the Cobb Library Foundation, the Kennesaw Mountain Historical Association, and the Marietta Kiwanis Club. He and his wife and two children live in west Cobb. He is the author of "The Bell Bomber Plant" and co-author with Damien A. Guarnieri of "Then & Now: Marietta" and "Then & Now: Marietta Revisited."


Donna Lowry
WXIA/ 11 Alive News

Emmy Award-winning reporter Donna Lowry has spent 24 years at WXIA-TV and loves that she has the opportunity to cover education issues. As a parent, working her beat gives her an edge in understanding what takes place in classrooms. All parents should get the same opportunity. During her tenure at 11Alive, she's covered the entire spectrum of news stories, but for the past twelve years, she's focused primarily on children and family issues.
Donna is a graduate of Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she received a degree in Communications/Administration and Management. After a short stint in radio (KQV in Pittsburgh), she obtained a masters degree in journalism from Northwestern University near Chicago. She especially enjoys spending time with her husband, retired Army officer Bennet W. Reid, Jr, and daughters, Nicole and Analla. Donna's oldest daughter, LaKisha Sims, and her husband, Gibson, are the proud parents of a baby boy and live in Chattanooga.


Sandra Parrish
WSB Radio

Sandra Parrish has been a reporter for WSB Radio since 1995 where she covers political, legislative, transportation, and educational news. She's covered the Georgia Legislature for all but three of those years. She graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism in 1989 and worked as an anchor/news director for WPLO in Lawrenceville, an anchor/assistant news director for WNGC in Athens and an anchor/reporter for WDUN in Gainesville before joining the WSB news team in 1995. Over the years, she has received ten Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards including "Best Use of Sound", "Best Series", and "Best Sports Reporting". She's also received numerous awards from the Associated Press including Best Reporter/Anchor and won the 2006 Georgia Association of Broadcaster's GABBY Award for "Best Series" for her coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Sandra has also served on the board of the Georgia Associated Press Broadcast Association.


Andy Peters
The Daily Report

Andy Peters is a staff writer for the Daily Report, a legal news publication in Atlanta, focusing on coverage of the General Assembly, the Attorney General's office and the judicial branch. Before joining the Daily Report, Andy was the Atlanta bureau chief for the Macon Telegraph, focusing on coverage of the state Legislature and other statewide issues of interest to Middle Georgia.


Judith Martinez-Sadri
Fellow, Knight Digital Media Center

Judith Martinez-Sadri is an award winning journalist focused on immigration issues; she was the editor of Atlanta Latino, a community newspaper that was published from 2002 until early 2010. She is currently a fellow with the Knight Digital Media Center.


Dave Williams
Atlanta Business Chronicle

Dave Williams has been the government reporter at the Atlanta Business Chronicle since 2008 but have covered Georgia government and politics since 1999. Before that, he spent three years covering the state's congressional delegation in Washington. Williams is a native of Richmond, Virginia, where he graduated with a degree in broadcast news from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has spent three decades in radio and newspaper journalism, working in Florida, New York state, Washington and Atlanta.