Emily Jones

GPB Reporter & Savannah Bureau Chief

Based in Savannah, Emily Jones reports on all things coastal and manages 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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From adolescence to menopause, most women have to deal with a monthly reality: their periods. It can be messy, painful and expensive. The cost of tampons, pads and menstrual cups can add up. In Georgia, women and their families also pay sales tax on those products. Some women are hoping to change that.

 


Critz Tybee Run Fest on Facebook

It's the first weekend in February, and there's plenty to do in Savannah. Mahogany Bowers with Blessings in a Bookbag has some tips.


Coastal Heritage Society on Facebook.

It's a weekend full of art and plenty of other fun in and around Savannah. Claire Sandow of the Tourism Leadership Council and Siobhan Egan of Paprika Southern have some tips.

Unity 5K on MLK and Festival on Forsyth Park on Facebook

Make the most of a busy Savannah weekend with the help of Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calendar and Leah Arnold of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.


Stroke of Good Fortune Gala on Facebook

The weekend brings plenty of music and other fun in Savannah. Anna Chandler of Savannah Magazine and Heather Henley of the Savannah Morning News have some suggestions.


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Communities across Georgia have their own, local answers to New York City's famous New Year's Eve ball drop in Times Square.

The capital of the Peach State, of course, has the Peach Drop. It will return to Underground Atlanta this year after moving to Woodruff Park in 2017.

Elsewhere, Georgians can choose from the Buzzard Drop in Perry, the Possum Drop in Tallapoosa and the Geranium Drop in McDonough. The Possum Drop features a taxidermied opossum named Spencer and has grown in popularity since it began in 2000.

It's that time of year when we look back and reflect on some of our newsroom's proudest moments, so we asked GPB's reporters and correspondents to take us behind the scenes of some of their favorite stories they've reported this year. Stephen Fowler, Cindy Hill, Rickey Bevington, Ross Terrell and Emily Jones joined "On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott in studio and on the line from Savannah to talk about their reporting.


Fort Pulaski National Monument on Facebook

The holiday season is in full swing, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate this weekend in Savannah. Mahogany Bowers of Blessings in a Bookbag and Claire Sandow of the Tourism Leadership Council have some tips.


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Nine environmental groups are suing the federal government to block seismic air gun testing for oil off the Southeast US coast.

 

The testing uses blasts of sound to test for oil deposits and is a precursor to offshore drilling. Conservationists say it would harm marine life, including critically endangered right whales.

Geoff Johnson / Savannah Philharmonic

It's the holiday season, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate in Savannah. Tanya Milton of the Savannah Tribune and Bill Dawers of hissing lawns and the Savannah Morning News have some tips.


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There's a little something for everyone in Savannah this weekend before Thanksgiving (and beyond). Joshua Peacock of the Savannah Morning News has some tips.


MountainFilm on Tour

It's another busy fall weekend in Savannah, and Anna Chandler of Savannah Magazine has some tips on how to spend it.


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Georgia is one of the most-watched states nationwide for the 2018 midterm elections. The state has already hit record early voting numbers, and overall turnout is expected to be historic. GPB reporters traveled across the state to talk to voters about why they chose to go to the polls. 


Scribble Art Studios on Facebook

The start of November brings plenty to do in Savannah. Rob Wells of Savannah Sports Council and Siobhan Egan of Paprika Southern have some tips.


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Healthcare is top of mind for many voters in the midterm election. GPB's Emily Jones talked with Andy Miller of Georgia Health News about how it factors into the Georgia governor's race.


Shalom Y'all Jewish Food Festival on Facebook

Halloween is next week, and Savannah is going all-out to celebrate this weekend. Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calendar and Heather Henley of Do Savannah have some tips.


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SouthCoast Health in Savannah is testing a new kind of breast cancer screening. It’s one of eight locations across the country taking part in the clinical trial for a method called SoftVue.


Savannah Bicycle Campaign on Facebook

Fall is here, which brings plenty to do in Savannah. Claire Sandow of the Tourism Leadership Council and Bill Dawers of the Savannah Morning News and hissing lawns share some highlights.


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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.

HELP AVAILABLE: Hurricane Michael Federal Resources Available In Southwest Georgia

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.


Jack Leigh / Laney Contemporary on Facebook

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."

 

CDC

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.


John Bennett / Savannah Bicycle Campaign

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.


Bill Dawers / Hissing Lawns

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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