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Newsroom staff
Keith Albertson

Keith Albertson

Executive Editor
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Keith Albertson has been executive editor of The Times since 2014, having worked numerous jobs since joining the staff in 1985 as sports editor. He is an Atlanta native with a journalism degree from Georgia State University. One of the highlights of his career was managing The Times’ coverage of the 1996 Olympics. In addition to managing the operational side of the newsroom, he handles content on the Opinion and Viewpoint pages plus special publications.

Shannon Casas

Shannon Casas

Director of Content
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Shannon has worked numerous jobs in the newsroom since joining The Times as a copy editor in 2006. She was named to her current position in June 2018 as top manager of all news content for print and digital products. 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.

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Michelle Boaen Jameson

Senior features & magazine editor
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As the editor of Home Living in North Georgia, Michelle enjoys meeting interesting people. She started her career in photojournalism and joined The Times in 2007. Outside of The Times, Michelle enjoys spending her time at home with her pets.

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Bill Murphy

Sports editor
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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. 

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Nate McCullough

Publications manager
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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.”

Nick Bowman

Nick Bowman

News reporter
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Nick has been interested in government and politics “for as long as I can remember.” He’s covered everything from out-of-this-world campaign promises to nitty-gritty details about tax increases and land issues — and seen how it all affects those who make up local communities. He focuses his reporting at The Times on issues that come before Hall County and state government leaders. He also enjoys photography and is married to former Times reporter Kristen Oliver, who now works at Brenau University.

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Amanda Cameron

Community engagement coordinator
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Amanda is a public relations specialist who joined The Times in March 2017. She manages social media, coordinates events and tours of The Times and is the first contact for readers who have questions or suggestions.

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Annalise Dotson

Copy editor
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Annalise joined the Times staff in August 2018 after designing newspapers in Kentucky for two years. If she’s not at work, she’s probably taking Taekwondo classes or playing Pokemon Go.

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Marcus Etienne

Sports clerk
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Jeff Gill

News reporter
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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
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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. 

Michael Lancaster

Michael Lancaster

Copy editor
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Michael is originally from the British Isles and has bounced around three continents before choosing to settle down in the Peach State with his family. Previous experience in print journalism, advertising and publishing all point to his desire to keep people informed and engaged.

Megan Reed

Megan Reed

News reporter
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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 the city of Gainesville and enjoys meeting people in the community.

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Scott Rogers

Photographer
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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.

Layne Saliba

Layne Saliba

Life reporter
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Layne joined The Times as a life reporter in January 2018 after graduating from Grady College at the University of Georgia where he covered UGA athletics. He grew up in Gainesville, and through his work at the Times, he’s enjoyed meeting new people and visiting new places, all the while, telling the stories of both.

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Mario Sanchez

Copy editor
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Mario has been at The Times since 2015 and works each day to put out the best possible product. When he’s not working, he’s probably watching “The Walking Dead.”

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Joshua Silavent

News reporter
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Joshua Silavent is on his second tour of duty through The Times newsroom. He previously covered local government and spearheaded reporting on issues related to poverty. He now heads up the paper’s education beat. When he’s not in the newsroom, Silavent can often be found at local missions and homeless shelters. “It’s about kinship,” he said. 

Austin Steele

Austin Steele

Photographer
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Austin joined The Times as a photographer in August of 2018 after graduating from the University of Georgia. He covers daily assignments across the Gainesville area and looks to focus on documentary projects examining social issues and the human condition. Raised in Newnan, Austin enjoys photography outside of news, spending time at coffee shops, and hitting the road cycling.

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Amber Tyner

Clerk
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Amber began her work at The Times as a high school intern. She now attends the University of North Georgia and works part time reporting, compiling obituaries and managing calendars and other features.

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Nick Watson

News reporter
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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.”

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Sarah Woodall

Sports reporter
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Sarah’s love for sports led her into sports journalism and to The Times in July 2016. She covers a variety of local sports and personally enjoys playing tennis and soccer.