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Shannon Casas

Shannon Casas

Editor in chief

Shannon has worked numerous jobs in the newsroom since joining The Times as a copy editor in 2006. She was named editor in October 2018. She enjoys editing, writing, photography and engaging readers in what The Times has to offer. She has been a foster parent since 2014 and is a member of Gainesville First United Methodist Church.


Nate McCullough

News editor

Nate joined The Times in 2015 to manage a team of page designers who produce a variety of publications, including The Times and other newspapers and special projects. He’s been in the business since 1999. He has “always been a news junkie” and “always believed that journalism is a necessary service.”

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Bill Murphy

Sports editor

Bill, a Hall County native, has been covering local sports at The Times since 2005. He enjoys working with local coaches and seeing the talent and growth of young athletes. 

Nick Bowman

Nick Bowman

Features editor

An Army brat, Nick grew up in Arkansas, Louisiana, Germany, Illinois, Alabama and Italy. He graduated from Auburn University and put in a stint at a newspaper in Alaska before coming to The Times as a government reporter in 2017. He was named features editor in September 2018 and oversees all Life and Get Out content as well as the weekly email newsletter, Flight. Call him with good stories, restaurant reviews and compliments.

Nathan Berg

Nathan Berg

Sports reporter

Nathan began his career in journalism by covering University of Georgia sports at The Red & Black — UGA's student-run newspaper — while attending college. His love for both sports and storytelling is what led him to pursue a career in sports reporting.

Niara Collins

Niara Collins

copy editor

Originally from Alpharetta, Niara joined The Times as a copy editor in July 2019. Previously, she earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Louisiana State University, where she also worked as a copy editor for the student-run newspaper, The Daily Reveille. When she isn’t working, Niara enjoys writing creatively, listening to music and podcasts, or watching Netflix.

Jeff Gill

Jeff Gill

News reporter

Jeff has been reporting at The Times for more than two decades, so he’s more than familiar with local issues, people and places. He’s covered various topics through the years but now focuses on business, transportation and South Hall. He is a Sunday school teacher at West Hall Baptist Church and enjoys learning about history, whether local or otherwise.

Ethan Howard

Ethan Howard

Copy editor

Ethan grew up in Dahlonega where he also attended the University of North Georgia to study writing. When he is not designing pages for The Times, Ethan enjoys reading science fiction, especially stories by Ray Bradbury. 

Megan Reed

Megan Reed

News reporter

Megan joined The Times in May 2018 after graduating with her master’s degree from Ohio University. She is originally from Cumming and attended Berry College. She covers local government and enjoys meeting people in the community.

Kelsey Richardson

Kelsey Podo

News reporter

Kelsey left a reporting position in the Smoky Mountains to join The Times in December 2018. She covers business and features and enjoys sharing the interesting lives of people in the community. When Kelsey is not out finding stories, she’s most likely playing Dungeons & Dragons, working on cosplay or reinforcing her reputation as a professional cat lady.


Scott Rogers


Having grown up in North Hall, Scott has a vested interest in telling the stories of the community through his award-winning photos. He’s been shooting photos for The Times since 2000.


Nick Watson

News reporter

Nick began his career in journalism at The Times in 2014 after graduating from the University of Georgia, where he worked at the Red & Black student newspaper. He reports on public safety issues and works to hold officials accountable for their actions. When he’s not responding to breaking news or digging into data from an open records request, he’s probably winning a trivia game or answering all the questions on “Jeopardy.”