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You Heard it here: Gainesville High (and Times) alum gets Emmy
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Lee Ferran, a Gainesville High graduate and former reporter-intern with The Times, won an Emmy for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast. - photo by Marc Bryan-Brown

It’s not unusual for alums of The Times to go on to award-winning careers, but we can’t recall one ever winning an Emmy. That is, until this year.

Gainesville High graduate Lee Ferran was among those earning a statue at the 67th annual Emmy Awards on Sept. 20. Ferran was among the team from ABC honored for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast. He works as the digital editor for “Nightline” reporter Brian Ross’ investigative unit. The  winning story was “Herbalife — The Dream and The Reality.”

A 2004 Gainesville graduate, Ferran was editor of The Trumpeter school newspaper, president of Key Club and earned awards in three varsity sports. During his senior year, he interned at The Times as a newsroom reporter.

Ferran went on to graduate from Wake Forest University with a degree in history and international studies. He began working at ABC with an internship on “Good Morning America” in 2008 and then worked his way to his current position.

He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Harry H. “Hop” and Mindy Ferran of Gainesville.

Governor and First Lady get surprise song from pre-K student

Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal visited Friendship Learning Center in Buford this week to read and visit with pre-K students. Little did they know, one young boy would give them something as well.

Sandra Deal read the book “Pete the Cat and the New Guy” by James Dean and Kimberly Dean to a class of 4-year-olds. 

“He’s drumming,” Mrs. Deal said as she showed the students a picture of Gus the Platypus sitting at a drum set. “He’s going ‘phump, phump, phump,’ and making music.”

One student was reminded of a popular Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars song at the line and replied happily, “Funk? Funk? Like uptown, funk you up. Uptown, funk you up.”

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