Drew Dawson

Host & Station Manager

Drew Dawson is the Station Manager/Host at GPB radio’s Augusta bureau. He is a veteran radio broadcaster, program manager and news professional. Prior to joining GPB, he was part of the multi-platform news operation at the iconic WGBH in Boston. 

Dawson has worked for Virtual News Center, Westwood One’s Metro Networks and several local stations across the country.

He is originally from Boston and is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communication.

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In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses new discoveries in the battle against organ rejection in transplant patients. 


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In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses how the role plasma cells play in making antibodies that help us fight infections and allergens. 


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In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses the connection between Estrogen and our ability to remember things.


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March 29 is National Vietnam War Veterans Day and, in Augusta, they honored the day by unveiling the city’s first permanent Vietnam War Memorial. More than 15,000 Augusta area residents served in Vietnam, and 169 lost their lives there. 


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The $706 million project to dredge 32 miles of the Savannah River aims to make room for super-sized freighters from the Panama Canal. It could also make room for two waterborne species: the shortnose sturgeon and the Atlantic sturgeon.


Billy Birdwell / Army Corp of Engineers

The mayors of Augusta and North Augusta, South Carolina, hosted a public meeting Thursday night to discuss an Army Corp of Engineers plan to replace the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam with a rock weir. 

The project is part of environmental remediation for the Savannah Harbor deepening.  The primary goal is to create a passage for short nose and atlantic sturgeon to get to their historic spawning grounds in the Augusta Shoals, about 19 miles upstream from the site of the lock and dam.  Both species are considered “endangered.”


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Billy Birdwell / Army Corp of Engineers

Augusta area residents’ opportunity to comment on a controversial report recommending the removal of The Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam has been extended an additional 30 days to April 16. 

We’ve had requests from both the local and federal government representatives to extend it in order to give people time to kind of digest the report and fully understand what they’re reading before they’re able to make informed comments," Army Corps of Engineers spokesperson Russell Wicke said.


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In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses how an enzyme, known to help our liver function properly, might also one day help protect retinas threatened by low blood supply. The Medical Minute airs at 8:18 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 5:18 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the 17 GPB radio stations across Georgia. For more Medical Minute episodes, visit the GPBNews.Org and search “The Medical Minute”.  The Medical Minute is written and produced by The Medical College of Georgia in collaboration with GPB-Augusta. 

 


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This week, the water level of the Savannah River in Augusta is lower than it’s been in recent memory.

The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a simulation of conditions that would exist if the aging Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam is replaced by a rock weir and fish passage.  That change is one of the environmental measures planned to offset the effects of The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. 

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