Laura Corley is Civic Journalism Fellow for Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism reporting on topics of public health and education in Bibb County. Laura is also a reporter for The Current and received a Doris O’Donnell Fellowship Award in 2021 to execute an enterprise reporting on Superfund sites in Coastal Georgia.
Laura has worked as an investigative reporter in her home state since 2014 and has covered a range of topics including public safety, government, business and education.
At The (Macon) Telegraph, Laura used open records requests to shine light on the shadows of police misconduct, government salaries, suspicious political connections and more. Her bylines also have appeared in The Douglas County Sentinel, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia News Lab and Georgia Public Broadcasting.
The Forsyth native was named the state’s Emerging Journalist by Georgia Press Association in 2016.
Waiving state certification can make it easier for school districts to fill vacancies amid the shrinking pool of experienced educators and fewer in college studying to become educators. Waiver teachers make up about a quarter of Bibb Schools’ teachers.
Incoming Bibb Schools Superintendent Dan Sims appointed two of his former coworkers from Atlanta Public Schools to top positions in a move approved by the Bibb County Board of Education on Thursday.
The Macon-Bibb County Pedestrian Safety Review Board is set to offer a public training session to teach locals how to identify safety concerns in their own neighborhoods through group walking audits.
The Bibb County School System has named a single finalist for the position of system superintendent.
An analysis of 17 reports involving pedestrian deaths in 2021 showed the average time from the 911 call to the Bibb County deputy’s arrival was 9 minutes and 30 seconds. However, several response times neared or exceeded 20 minutes.