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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.

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

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).

Karen Cohilas
WALB News 10, Albany

Karen Cohilas is an Anchor for WALB NEWS 10's 5:30 News. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast News from the University of Georgia in May 2003. While at UGA she anchored and reported for NewSource 15, a live, student produced broadcast. Karen started at WALB in June 2003. Then, in October of that year, she opened the Thomasville Bureau of WALB NEWS 10. You can now watch her five days a week on WALB NEWS 10's First News at 5:00. Karen is a graduate of Leadership Georgia, and was selected as the recipient of the Cora Lee Fanning award for her class. She and her husband Chris were Program Chairs for Leadership Georgia in 2009. Karen is a recipient of the Beacon Award presented by The Georgia School Boards Association for support of public education, through broadcasting. She has also served on Georgia's Competency-based curriculum business Review Panel for Broadcast/Video production.

Tom Crawford
The Georgia Report

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.

Mark Davis
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mark Davis is an 11-year resident of Atlanta, and has worked for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for eight years. He's a general-assignment reporter for the publication's Sunday editions. Before coming to Atlanta, Davis worked at newspapers in Philadelphia, Tampa and in his native North Carolina. A graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Davis is married, with two sons. He is 56.

Sonny Dixon
WTOC 11, Savannah

Sonny Dixon anchors WTOC's new and innovative broadcast, THE News NOW at 4 PM, in addition to newscasts he has anchored for many years, THE News at Five and THE News at Six for WTOC, the CBS affiliate in Savannah. Sonny is a proud Savannah native, who has readily volunteered to help out in and around his hometown for decades, serving on numerous boards. He currently serves on the Board of the Coastal Georgia Area Arthritis Foundation and the Savannah Area Florida Gator Club. Twice elected to the Garden City Council, Sonny was then elected to five terms in the Georgia House of Representatives, where he held key offices and served on prominent committees, before retiring from elected office in 1997. As a longtime member of Toastmasters International, Sonny Dixon has won numerous awards for public speaking and communication generally - at local and state levels. He won the Southeast USA Regional Toastmasters Speech Competition twice. He was chosen Georgia's Best Anchor/Reporter by the Associated Press in 2005.

Maureen Downey
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Maureen Downey is a longtime reporter for the AJC where she has written about local, state and federal education policy for 12 years. She’s also taught college classes in mass communications and journalism. However, she’s learned more about schools from having four children in them. Her children range in age from 22 to 12, so she’s now dealing with elementary school and college. Her own education includes an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree from Columbia University. She has worked for newspapers in New Jersey and Florida and has covered many school boards.

Jim Galloway
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

Errin Haines
Associated Press

Errin Haines is a newswoman at The Associated Press. She specializes in coverage of black culture, including civil rights, historically black colleges, the black electorate and popular culture. Born and raised in Atlanta, she was educated at Creekside High School, Georgia Perimeter College and Oglethorpe University. Prior to returning to AP in 2005, she worked at the Los Angeles Times and the Orlando Sentinel as part of the Tribune Company’s fellowship for minority reporters (METPRO). She is the 2006 co-recipient of the National Association of Black Journalists Emerging Journalist Award and the recipient of several journalistic awards of excellence from the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists. In 2008, her work on the presidential election was submitted for The Pulitzer Prize. She received the Atlanta Press Club’s 2009 Award of Excellence in the category of Large Print Circulation. She has been a featured commentator on NPR and has written for Upscale Magazine. She resides in Atlanta.

April Hunt
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

April Hunt is a legislative reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She previously covered politics in Florida and New York. A reporter since 1993, she’s been with the AJC since 2008.

Richard Hyatt

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."

Hank Klibanoff
Co-Author, "The Race Beat"
Emory University

Hank Klibanoff, 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner for The Race Beat, a book about the news coverage of the civil rights struggle in the South, is the James M. Cox Jr. Professor of Journalism at Emory University. Klibanoff joined Emory at the close of a 36-year career in newspapers in Mississippi and at The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he had served as managing editor for news. Klibanoff currently serves as managing editor of the Civil Rights Cold Case Project (, which uses investigative reporting to dig out the truth behind unsolved racial murders that took place during the civil rights era in the South. He just completed a year as chairman of the board of VOX Teen Communications, an Atlanta non-profit youth development organization that provides teens an opportunity to write, design and publish a monthly newspaper and helps them develop the skills and resources to express themselves on issues important to them. He also serves on the John Chancellor Excellence in Journalism Award Committee. Klibanoff and his wife Laurie A. Leonard, a speech therapist, have three daughters; they attend Georgetown University, The George Washington University and North Atlanta High School.

Nwandi Lawson
Georgia Public Broadcasting

Emmy Award-winning Nwandi Lawson has been a reporter, correspondent and co-anchor of GPB’s Lawmakers program for more than a decade. Her work for Georgia Public Broadcasting includes reporting for Georgia Business Report, producing the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards from 1999 through 2005, and serving as coordinating producer for Irasshai, an award-winning Japanese language series. Nwandi is a magna cum laude graduate of Howard University.

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.

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.

Andy Miller
Georgia Health News

Andy Miller has been a health care journalist for the past 18 years, and is the CEO and editor of Georgia Health News. From 1992 to mid-2009, he covered health care for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He won numerous awards for his newspaper reporting on hospitals, health insurers, state government, and Georgia’s mental hospitals. Miller has been an Association of Health Care Journalists member for 10 years and serves as the Atlanta chapter’s president. Recently he was elected to the AHCJ board. He was a Kaiser Family Foundation health journalism fellow in 2001-2002. For the past year, he has freelanced health care stories for several organizations, including WebMD, AOL’s WalletPop, Kaiser Health News, and AARP Bulletin. In November he launched Georgia Health News, a nonprofit health news organization (

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.

Charles Richardson
The Telegraph

Charles has held several positions at The Telegraph from Editorial Page Editor, supervising the edit pages to Metro Editor where he directed the daily news coverage. Richardson is a McClatchy – Duke University, Journalism Fellow and is a fellow at the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland. He has attended executive education sessions in journalism and non-profit governance at Harvard University. He is also co-host of NewsTalk Central a talk radio program that’s broadcast on two TV stations, the ABC and Fox affiliates, NewsTalk 940 and Richardson serves on several civic organization boards and is the past state chairman of Kids Voting Georgia and has served as president of the board for the Museum of Arts and Sciences and the Macon Arts Alliance. He now serves as treasurer for Education First and is chairman of the trustee board of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation. In his spare time, Richardson is the stadium announcer for the Northeast Raider football team and the Fort Valley State University Wildcats.

Kristina Torres
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kristina Torres joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2003, with experience working at newspapers in Denver, South Carolina and Minnesota. She has covered the topic of education almost exclusively during more than 16 years in journalism. Publications that have sought out her work include the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance, the nation's leading journal on diversity issues in education. A Colorado native, Torres graduated from the University of Colorado in 1994. The Atlanta Press Club named her a 2009 finalist for print journalist of the year.

Dorie Turner
Associated Press

Dorie Turner has been covering education for a decade, but as the child and grandchild of teachers, the trials and triumphs of education have been close to her heart for much longer. Turner started her career at the Chattanooga Times Free Press in Tennessee, where she covered colleges and universities, before moving to Atlanta five years ago to work for The Associated Press. Turner covers the U.S. Department of Education for AP, as well Georgia education issues from prekindergarten up through college. She graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee. Turner lives with her husband in Atlanta. You can follow her on Twitter: @dorieturner.

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.

Kyle Windfield
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kyle Wingfield joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as an opinion columnist in May 2009. The move to Georgia was a homecoming for the Dalton native, who spent the previous four and a half years as an editorial-page writer for The Wall Street Journal based in Brussels, Belgium. In Europe, Wingfield wrote editorials and columns about topics including international trade, antitrust cases, the telecommunications and aerospace industries, energy and environmental policy, British politics and Russia. Prior to that, he worked as a reporter for the Associated Press in Atlanta and Montgomery, Ala., where he wrote about education, courts and general-interest stories. Wingfield is a 2001 graduate of the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and the recipient of the college’s John E. Drewry Young Alumnus Award. An Eagle Scout, Wingfield is a member of Veritas Church. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and their toddler son.