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Newsroom staff
Keith Albertson

Keith Albertson


Keith Albertson has been 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 newsroom as a whole, he handles content on the Opinion and Viewpoint pages.

Shannon Casas

Shannon Casas

Managing editor

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 February 2016. 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.


Michelle Boaen Jameson

Senior features & magazine editor

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.


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. 


Nate McCullough

Publications manager

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.”


Clark Leonard

Daily news editor

Clark enjoys working with people in the community to understand the issues facing local residents. He began his career in sports journalism, but he now guides reporters in decisions about daily news coverage. He met his wife shortly after relocating to Gainesville, and their family, now including a baby girl, is involved at Lakewood Baptist Church.

David Barnes

David Barnes


David joined The Times in May 2017 fresh from the University of Georgia but with experience such as photographing the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. He loves his job, because “I get to talk to people. I get to show people parts of their lives they would have missed unless someone was there to capture it.” 

Nick Bowman

Nick Bowman

News reporter

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.


Amanda Cameron

Community engagement coordinator

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.


Marcus Etienne

Sports clerk

Carlos Galarza

News reporter

Carlos has a passion for reading and news that led him into the field of journalism 27 years ago. “Every day is an adventure,” he said. “There’s never a dull moment.” His reporting focuses on the Gainesville City Council.


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.


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.


Marcus Rodrigue

Sports reporter

Marcus has been interested in sports journalism since he was a child sending clips he wrote to ESPN. He covered college sports while attending Louisiana State University, and he enjoys the more personal connections he can make covering high school sports at The Times.


Mario Sanchez

Copy editor

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.”


Joshua Silavent

News reporter

Joshua Silavent is currently 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. 


Amber Tyner


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.


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.”

Steven Welch

Steven Welch

Copy editor

A 2014 graduate of Kennesaw State University, Steven uses his background in graphic arts and media to illustrate stories in a way that will engage readers and help them understand local issues.


Sarah Woodall

Sports reporter

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.