Emily Jones

Emily Jones locally hosts Morning Edition and reports on all things coastal Georgia for GPB’s Savannah bureau. Before coming to GPB, she studied broadcast journalism at the Columbia Journalism School and urban history at Brown University. She’s worked for the Wall Street Journal Radio Network, WHYY in Philadelphia, and WBRU and RIPR in Providence.

In addition to anchoring and reporting news at WBRU, Emily hosted the alt-rock station’s Retro Lunch as her DJ alter-ego, Domino.

The City of Savannah plans to make masks mandatory amid a rise in coronavirus cases, Mayor Van Johnson said during a special called meeting of the city council Monday.

The man who filmed video of the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in February has been arrested, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Thursday. William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. is charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

Bryan, 50, recorded the video that ignited anger and protests in the Brunswick, Ga., area earlier this month. It shows Arbery, who is black, jogging down a residential street, two white men confronting him, and the ensuing struggle.

The family of an unarmed black man who was shot and killed near Brunswick in February is calling for the resignation of the local district attorney. A rally is planned for Friday morning.


In February, a 25-year-old black man went for a run near his family's home outside of Brunswick, Georgia, when he was shot to death by two white men who said they thought he was a robber.

Now, the case of Ahmaud Arbery is making international news headlines after video reported to be of the shooting went viral.

Georgia could see coronavirus cases and deaths skyrocket now that restrictions have relaxed, according to new projections.

Two leading coronavirus prediction models are accounting for the re-opening of businesses and lifting of Gov. Brian Kemp's shelter-in-place order, and the outlook is dire.


A loggerhead sea turtle laid the first nest of the year on Cumberland Island over the weekend.


Tybee Island was quiet Tuesday, four days into a standoff with Gov. Brian Kemp over the reopening of beaches. But local leaders were worried about what the holiday weekend will bring.

A group of restaurant and bar owners in Savannah is asking Gov. Brian Kemp for help getting through the coronavirus crisis.

 

The company seeking to mine for heavy minerals near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has withdrawn its permit application. Twin Pines Minerals said it would resubmit a new plan to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

GPB reporter Emily Jones spoke with host Rickey Bevington about the latest developments in the controversial proposal.


Several dogs in southeastern states, including Georgia, have died after coming into contact with a toxic algae growing in ponds in lakes.

The blue-green algae thrive in summer sun and phosphorous runoff from fertilizers commonly used at this time of year. It can appear in lakes, ponds and even ditches. The algae are made up of toxic cyanobacteria.