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Newsroom staff
Shannon Casas

Shannon Casas

Editor in chief
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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 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.

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Nate McCullough

News editor
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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.”

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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. 

Nick Bowman

Nick Bowman

Features editor
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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, Go. Call him with good stories, restaurant reviews and compliments.

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Pierce Huff

Night editor
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Pierce W. Huff has worked as a writer, editor and digital editor at newspapers and websites all over the country. He also has covered numerous Super Bowls and national championship football games, a World Series and a WNBA Finals.

Nathan Berg

Nathan Berg

Sports reporter
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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.

Amanda Cameron

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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Fletcher Deal

Copy editor
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Fletcher is from Clayton and attended Piedmont College in Demorest where he studied mass communications and wrote for the student-run newspaper. When he is not at The Times, he enjoys reading a good story and binging the latest show.

Jeff Gill

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 local government and enjoys meeting people in the community.

Kelsey Richardson

Kelsey Richardson

News reporter
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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.

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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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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.”