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MARGARET COKER, EDITOR IN CHIEF
Margaret Coker, the editor-in-chief, started her two-decade career in journalism at Cox Newspapers before going to work at The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. In that time she covered stories from 32 countries on four continents.
Margaret has won numerous national journalism prizes for investigative, business and diplomatic reporting as well as feature writing. She led a team of Wall Street Journal reporters named as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting in 2017.
Margaret’s journalism has led to criminal trials and regulatory investigations of global banks and financiers, the dismissal of 14 corrupt police officers, and freedom for three people wrongly convicted and incarcerated.
She came home to Savannah in 2019 to launch The Current, to revive an investigative news culture in Coastal Georgia, and to mentor a new generation of journalists in our region.
SUSAN CATRON, MANAGING EDITOR
Susan Catron, managing editor, has more than two decades of experience in Georgia newspapers.
A native of North Carolina, she came to Georgia in 1998 as managing editor for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. The news staff won the Georgia Associated Press Freedom of Information Award in 2005 for its coverage and ensuing state Supreme Court litigation of a case involving the shooting after an unarmed Black man by a law enforcement officer.
From November 2005 until May 2020, Susan served as executive editor of the Savannah Morning News. During her time there, she supervised news content, staffing and budgets for Coastal Georgia’s largest daily newspaper and several weekly newspapers, along with other monthly and special publications. The paper was named best in the state 6 of 7 years under her leadership.
She is on the board of the Georgia Press Educational Foundation, is a lapsed Georgia Master Gardener, and loves to kayak the marshes and rivers along the coast.
Laura Corley is an investigative reporter who has covered public safety and government and education in her home state of Georgia since 2014.
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 and Georgia Public Broadcasting.
The Forsyth native was named the state’s Emerging Journalist by Georgia Associated Press Managing Editors in 2016.
JESSICA LEIGH LEBOS
Jessica Leigh Lebos has been writing about interesting people, vexing issues and anything involving spicy food for more than 25 years. This year her work has appeared in Thrillist, THOM magazine, Savannah magazine, Beacon and Nosher.
She received First Prize from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in 2017, and her book, Savannah Sideways, is available in local bookstores and via her website, jllnotjill.com.
Donnell Suggs is a staff reporter for The Southern Cross and a frequent freelance contributor to the Savannah Morning News and Do Savannah.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Donnell began a sports writing career in Atlanta nearly two decades ago and has since written for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, ESPN’s The Undefeated, the Houston Home Journal, Eatonton Messenger, Lake Oconee News, Newnan Times-Herald, Atlanta Daily World and the Atlanta Voice. He is a sad Mets fan.
Samantha Sunne is a freelance data journalist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the recipient of three national grants and several local awards for investigative reporting. She speaks at conferences, universities and newsrooms around the world, teaching digital tools and tech literacy for journalists.
Her work has been published by the Washington Post, NPR and Reuters, and recommended by the Poynter Institute and the Harvard Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
Siobhan Egan’s photography career began more than 20 years ago in New York. Before moving to Savannah in 2005 to attend graduate school at Savannah College of Art & Design, Siobhan gained experience at Magnum Photos and as staff photographer for The Riverdale Press in the Bronx.
After graduating from SCAD with a MFA in photography, Siobhan taught photography at The Art Institute of Charleston and Armstrong State (now Georgia Southern) University.
She is co-owner of Paprika Southern, a photography and styling studio.
Jim Walls has worked as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Fairfax, Va., Savannah and Atlanta, including 28 years at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. While at the Savannah Morning News, he covered Chatham County and Glynn County and could often be found relaxing at Pinkie Masters’ Rainbow Room, where he was widely known as a pinball wizard.
At the AJC, he supervised award-winning investigative projects on the death penalty, federal farm subsidies, deaths in Georgia group homes, refugee resettlement and child prostitution.
For eight years after leaving the AJC, he ran his own investigative news website, AtlantaUnfiltered.com.
AMY PAIGE CONDON
Amy Paige Condon is a freelance writer and creative writing instructor based in Savannah. The founder of the Refinery Writing Studio, Condon writes about politics, city planning, the environment, and food for local and regional publications. She is editor and podcast host of Beacon magazine.
An award-winning cookbook author, her biography of late Miami News editor Bill Baggs, “A Nervous Man Shouldn’t be Here in the First Place,” will be released by UGA Press in October.
Ann Woolner comes to The Current as a part-time reporter after a full-time journalism career in Memphis, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Savannah. She has covered law, government and politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, including four years in Washington.
Her law-related opinion column, first for American Lawyer media and then Bloomberg News, has been published nationally and internationally. Her magazine work has appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, the American Lawyer, Atlanta magazine and Brill’s Content. She has written opinion for USAToday and Savannah Morning News.
Nick is a freelance data journalist studying for his master’s in public policy at the University of California Irvine. He worked as a Courts and Data Fellow at Delaware Online, a freelance web producer at Time, digital editor at California-based publication The Daily Journal and was a Producing Intern at MSNBC. He’s written for the Sacramento Bee, Motherboard, Huffington Post, NBC and Environmental Health News.
Nick is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University and and holds a master’s in Journalism from CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. He’s been the recipient of a 2018 Online News Association/CNN Diversity Fellowship and his public notice reporting in Delaware has earned top honors.
Nancy Badertscher is a freelance writer based in metro Atlanta. She spent more than 30 years at Georgia newspapers, including 16 as an editor and reporter with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Nancy worked previously for The Savannah Morning News, The Macon Telegraph, and The Gwinnett Daily News, earning more than 20 state, national, and regional writing awards and recognition as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. As a freelance writer, she co-writes The AJC’s popular Sunday feature, Inspire Atlanta.
Blake Aued grew up outside of Atlanta and Birmingham, then attended the University of Mississippi before settling in Athens, where he’s currently the news editor at Flagpole magazine.
At Flagpole, he won national Association of Alternative Newsweekly awards for investigating a sexual assault at a local high school and uncovering discrimination at college bars in downtown Athens.
Prior to joining Flagpole, Blake worked for the Athens Banner-Herald, reporting on City Hall, the Georgia legislature, the governor’s office, and numerous local and statewide campaigns.
He has ties to the coast — his wife Merritt’s family is from Savannah.
And our never-ending thanks
to Bert Roughton, retired senior managing editor and editorial director of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, for his patient guidance over the past few months.