Emily Jones

GPB Savannah Morning Edition Host/Reporter

Emily Jones locally hosts "Morning Edition" and reports on all things coastal Georgia for GPB’s Savannah bureau. Before coming to GPB, she studied broadcast journalism at the Columbia Journalism School and urban history at Brown University. She’s worked for the Wall Street Journal Radio Network, WHYY in Philadelphia, and WBRU and RIPR in Providence.

In addition to anchoring and reporting news at WBRU, Emily hosted the alt-rock station’s Retro Lunch as her DJ alter-ego, Domino.

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A historic hurricane ripped through Florida's Panhandle and into southwest Georgia late Wednesday, killing two people in its path.

Gov. Nathan Deal held a news conference online at 10:30 a.m.

President Donald J. Trump declared a state of emergency in Georgia and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts. FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.

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Several counties and school districts in Georgia have received federal grants aimed at improving school safety.

 

The Department of Justice last week announced more than $70 million in grants through the STOP School Violence Act, signed earlier this year.

 

Savannah-Chatham County schools will get nearly $500,000. They’ll use it to improve school security and prepare teachers and counselors to handle mental health issues.

 

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The National Park Service is working on a plan to protect vulnerable nesting animals from predators.

 

Lots of what the Park Service calls “species of concern” hang out at National Park sites throughout the southeast, including loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley, green and leatherback sea turtles; snowy and piping plovers and the southeastern and Perdido Key beach mice. Some are federally listed as endangered or threatened, while others are listed at the state level.

 

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Savannah schools are partnering with the University System of Georgia to help more students apply for financial aid for college.

 

Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid — or FAFSA — is a key step for students and families trying to figure out how to pay for college.

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The weekend is upon us and that means plenty to do in and around Savannah. Bevin Valentine Jalbert of Paprika Southern and Shannon Lowery of Visit Savannah have some tips.


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It’s not hard to meet a gator in Georgia. Waterways in South Georgia are full of them. But there’s a lot we don’t know about these big reptiles. GPB’s Emily Jones went to the Okefenokee Swamp to meet the researchers and alligators hoping to change that.


Savannah Children's Museum on Facebook

September brings plenty of fun to the Savannah area. Claire Sandow of the Tourism Leadership Council has some tips.


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Labor Day weekend brings plenty of fun to the Savannah area. Do Savannah's Heather Henley has some tips.


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Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District is threatened. The National Park Service on Tuesday announced it was downgrading the district’s status from satisfactory because of threats from development, natural disasters and "intangible threats like noise and traffic."

 

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Gwinnett County health officials say a resident is recovering from West Nile Virus. It’s the third suspected case in the state this year. On the whole, mosquito-borne illnesses have been on the rise since 2004.

 

Roxanne Connelly is the Entomology and Ecology Team Lead with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Vector-Borne Diseases. She tells GPB’s Emily Jones that, so far, this summer has been slow — but it’s too soon to tell how the year will add up.


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There's something for everyone in Savannah this weekend. Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calender and Tanya Milton of the Savannah Tribune have some tips.


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It's a weekend full of music (and more) in Savannah. Anna Chandler of Savannah Magazine and Bill Dawers of hissing lawns and the Savannah Morning News have some tips.


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It's a weekend of festivals and art in Savannah. Claire Sandow of the Tourism Leadership Council has some tips.


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On a recent hot and humid summer day, the St. Simon’s Island fishing pier offered some shade and a nice breeze for lots of people fishing and crabbing.

 

But that wasn’t all they were doing. Many were smoking. And their cigarette butts had to go somewhere.


Savannah Voice Festival on Facebook

August brings plenty of fun things to do in and around Savannah. Ansley Connor of Visit Savannah and Bevin Valentine Jalbert of Paprika Southern have some tips.


Service Brewing on Facebook

There's no shortage of fun in Savannah this weekend as the end of July approaches. Do Savannah Editor Heather Henley has some suggestions.


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The Georgia coast has a message for smokers: the next time you head to the beach, you need to watch where you toss your butts.


Bethesda Academy on Facebook

The Fourth of July is over, but the fun continues on the Georgia coast. Marcia Banes of Old Savannah Tours and Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calendar have some tips.

Marianne's picks:

Peoria, Arizona, Police Department

Savannah has named Roy Minter as the city's next police chief, City Manager Rob Hernandez said Thursday. 

Minter is currently the police chief in Peoria, Arizona, where he announced his retirement in May. 

Hernandez said Minter's past experience will translate well to Savannah. 

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We're headed into a hot summer weekend and the Fourth of July, with plenty of events to keep you entertained in and around Savannah. Joshua Peacock of the Savannah Morning News and Claire Sandow of the Tourism Leadership Council have some tips.


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Savannah has a new landscaping crew, made up of goats. It's an increasingly popular way to clear vegetation.


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Summer is officially here, and there's plenty to do this weekend in Savannah. Visit Savannah's Shannon Lowery has some tips.

Shannon's picks:

Georgia Climate Project

A coalition from across the state has put together what they’re calling the Georgia Climate Research Roadmap: a list of 40 questions on how climate change will affect the state and how to respond.

 

Patricia Yager of the University of Georgia is on the steering committee that developed the list. GPB’s Emily Jones reports.


Ships of the Sea Museum on Facebook

There's a little something for everyone in Savannah this weekend. Connect Savannah's Anna Chandler has some suggestions.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District (licensed via Creative Commons)

The Army Corps of Engineers this week announced additional funding for the expansion of the Savannah harbor, bringing this year’s total to about $85 million. Officials say the money will keep the project on schedule.


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The weekend is here yet again, and Bill Dawers of hissing lawns and the Savannah Morning News has some tips for making the most of it.


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Like many old cities, Savannah stakes a lot on its history. In fact, the National Park Service calls Savannah’s downtown one of the largest urban Historic Landmark Districts in the country — a big draw for tourists and residents alike.

 

But a new report finds the unique district is under threat. It comes down to a familiar tension between building the future and preserving the past.


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Savannah offers plenty to do this weekend as June begins. Do Savannah's Heather Henley has some tips.

Heather's picks:

-Fans of TV dance shows can enjoy the action live when the Savannah Dance Classic comes to the Hyatt Regency this weekend. More than 100 ballroom dancers from around the country will compete in American, Latin and international styles. Thursday-Saturday, full schedule here; $20-40.

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UPDATED May 31: Savannah police have announced the funeral arrangements for Officer Anthony Christie, who was killed last week.

Visitations are scheduled Thursday and Friday at Fox & Weeks Hodgson Chapel, from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Compassionate Christian Church, with a viewing beforehand. After the service, a motorcade procession will travel to Fox & Weeks.

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We may be in fora rainy weekend, but there's still plenty to do indoors and out. Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calendar and Claire Sandow of the Tourism Leadership Council have some suggestions.

Claire's picks:

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