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Newsroom staff
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.”

John Chambliss

John Chambliss

Metro Editor

John has worked in the newspaper business for 20 years. Most of his news career was spent in Florida where he worked on numerous projects and enterprise stories. When he's not working at The Times, John enjoys hiking, playing tennis and raising his two children.   

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Bill Murphy

Sports editor

Bill, a Hall County native, has been covering local sports at The Times since 2004. He enjoys working with local coaches and seeing the talent and growth of young athletes. 

Rachel Estes

Rachel Estes

Life editor

A native of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Rachel came to The Times by way of southwest Arizona, where she reported on the goings-on of local education, public health and everyday life in the Sonoran Desert. She firmly believes that stories are everywhere, sometimes under our very noses or just a hop, skip and a jump down the road. In her spare time, she’s a proponent of the open road and strong coffee.

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Ben Anderson

News reporter

Ben began working for The Times in June 2021 after graduating from Georgia Gwinnett College where he worked as a reporter and served as the editor-in-chief of the campus paper. In his free time, Ben enjoys reading, running and playing guitar. 

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Fletcher Deal

Page designer
Conner Evans

Conner Evans

News reporter

Conner joined The Times in May 2021 after graduating from the University of Richmond. There, he worked for the student newspaper, The Collegian, helped manage the student-run radio station, WDCE, and performed with the improv comedy team. During his free time, Conner loves to read novels and watch old movies.

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

Page designer

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. 


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.”

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Sean Williams

Part-time life reporter

Sean joined The Times in January 2022 while attending the University of North Georgia. He’s a journalism major who has written for both the Vanguard student newspaper and his hometown paper, the Polk County Standard Journal. Outside of work, he’s hoping to improve his basketball skills and lead a more productive lifestyle.