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Newsroom staff
Shannon Casas

Shannon Casas

Director of Content

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.


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.”

Nathan Berg

Nathan Berg

Sports writer

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.

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 monthly Home magazine and weekly email newsletter, Go. Call him with good stories, restaurant reviews and compliments.


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.


Annalise Dotson

Copy editor

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.


Marcus Etienne

Sports clerk

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. 

Michael Lancaster

Michael Lancaster

Copy editor

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

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.


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.

Layne Saliba

Layne Saliba

Life reporter

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.


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 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


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.


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.”


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.