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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Irma: Recovery Continues; 158k Without Power In Georgia

Sep 11, 2017
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As Hurricane Irma’s track shifted farther west, many in the Savannah area wondered whether to evacuate as ordered. Some people who at first considered leaving opted to stay, rather than evacuate west to areas increasingly covered by storm trajectories.


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Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless has beefed up outreach efforts ahead of Hurricane Irma, after Hurricane Matthew left some individuals stranded in high floodwater last year.


Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless executive director Cindy Murphy Kelley said Friday that teams had gone out to the area’s homeless camps, distributing fliers with information about the storm and the evacuation, which begins Saturday. She said they planned “to be a bit tougher with folks,” stressing the danger of the storm.


Chatham Emergency Management Agency

Emergency Management officials on the Georgia coast said Wednesday that the area will likely see some effect from Hurricane Irma, though it was too soon to tell how strong the storm would be or whether evacuations would be ordered. Those decisions could come this weekend.

In the meantime, emergency management agencies on the coast were urging residents to monitor the storm and prepare in case it hits.

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The Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals--or DACA--program could launch of wave of political pushback.


U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the legal protections provided to hundreds of thousands of people who entered the country illegally as children will wind down over the next six months.


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Every day in the United States 91 people die of opioid overdose. That includes prescription opiates and heroin. Over a year, that’s more than ten times the number of people who died on 9/11. On today’s “On Second Thought,” we’re going to hear from some of the people struggling with addiction, those who offer help, and communities caught in the middle.

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Drugs like fentanyl aren’t just creating new risks for human police officers. The dogs who use their powerful noses to sniff out drugs are inhaling the dangerous synthetic opioids as well. So police departments are taking new steps to protect their dogs – and respond if the K-9s get sick.

Normally, it’s a police dog’s job to protect its handler, not the other way around. If you’re a police dog and somebody runs at your human waving a weapon, there’s only one response: you attack.


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As August winds down, Savannah has plenty of music - and more - to enjoy. Molly Swagler of the Tourism Leadership Council and Anna Chandler of Connect Savannah  have some recommendations.

Coastal Jazz Association on Facebook

It may be hot this weekend, but there's plenty of cool music (and other events) to check out. Bill Dawers of the Savannah Morning News and hissing lawns and Tanya Milton of the Savannah Tribune have a few recommendations.

Tanya's picks:

The Creative Mixture of Art on Facebook

Savannah's got plenty to do this first weekend of August. Mahogany Bowers of Blessings in a Bookbag and Joshua Peacock of Do Savannah have some tips.

Urban Hope Inc. on Facebook

Looking for some weekend fun? Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calendar and Marcia Banes of Old Savannah Tours have a few suggestions.

Marcia's picks:

-Looking to become an expert mixologist? You can give it a try at the Craft Cocktail Lab at Kitchen 320. Learn to make four different cocktails (and sip on them) and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres. Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m.; $30.

Flaujae on Facebook

It's another busy summer weekend in Savannah. Connect Savannah's Jessica Leigh Lebos and G100's Mia Amini have some tips to help you make the most of it.

Summer Soaker 5K on Facebook

Looking to have some fun this weekend in Savannah? Molly Swagler of the Tourism Leadership Council and Clinton Edminster of Art Rise Savannah have you covered.

Clinton's picks:

Devin Ray Smith / Savannah Art March on Facebook

There's plenty to do in Savannah and Tybee alike this weekend. Visit Savannah's Lauren Cleland has a few suggestions.

-Enjoy an evening of entertainment at the Charles H. Morris center with the Love & Soul Experience. The night includes live music, comedy, spoken word poetry and more. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; $40.

Visit Tybee

It's Fourth of July weekend, and that means lots of events - patriotic and otherwise - in Savannah. Joshua Peacock of Do Savannah and Mahogany Bowers of Blessings in a Bookbag have some suggestions.

Mahogany's picks:

Roots Up Gallery on Facebook

Summer's officially here, and there's plenty to keep you busy in Savannah this weekend. Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calendar and Bill Dawers of the Savannah Morning News and hissing lawns share their best bets for weekend fun.

Bill's picks:

With a Twist on Facebook

Wondering what to do in Savannah this Father's Day weekend? Tanya Milton of the Savannah Tribune has you covered.

-Celebrate Juneteenth with the Daughters of Mary Magdalene's annual festival, held at 38th street park. The holiday celebrates the day - June 19, 1865 - when slaves in Texas first learned they were free. The festival features music and fun, as well as honoring locals who've helped the community. Saturday, 11 a.m.; free.

Tell Scarlet on Facebook

It's a packed summer weekend in Savannah. Paprika Southern's Siobhan Egan has some tips.

-It's time for Savannah's own "Dancing with the Stars" - Dancing Stars of Coastal Georgia. Local celebrities compete in a ballroom dance competition at the convention center, and audience members pay $1 per vote to support their favorites. Funds go to the Alzheimer's Association. Friday, 6 p.m.-midnight; $150.

The Savannah Bananas on Facebook

The summer season brings plenty to do in Savannah. Marcia Banes of Old Savannah Tours has her top picks for this weekend.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on Facebook

The wildfire in the Okefenokee Swamp has been raging for nearly two months, burning more than 152,000 acres near the Florida-Georgia line and sending dark smoke across the region. Now, new research shows that smoke could have a bigger effect on the climate than previously thought. Georgia Tech Professor Rodney Weber says it all comes down to a different type of carbon emissions - called brown carbon.

There's plenty of fun in Savannah this Memorial Day weekend. Jessica Leigh Lebos of Connect Savannah and Joshua Peacock of Do Savannah share some of their top recommendations.

Discover Tybee Island

From cars to bikes to beach chairs, Amy Condon of Savannah Magazine and Lauren Cleland of Visit Savannah have plenty of weekend fun lined up, no matter how you get there.

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Gov. Nathan Deal said Friday that he would support whatever is necessary to complete the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project "in a timely fashion," including the possibility of more state funding. 

Deal spoke at an event at the Port of Savannah welcoming the COSCO Development, the largest container ship ever to call on the U.S. East Coast.


Whether you're celebrating mom or just enjoying the summery weather, Molly Swagler of the Tourism Leadership Council and Clinton Edminster of Art Rise Savannah have plenty of ways for you to have fun on the Georgia coast this weekend.

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There’s mixed reaction on college campuses after Governor Nathan Deal’s signing of a bill allowing concealed weapons on some parts of public college and university campuses.

Susto on Facebook

Summer is coming and Savannah's weekends are packed with fun. Bill Dawers of the Savannah Morning News and hissing lawns and Bevin Valentine Jalbert of Paprika Southern Magazine offer up some can't-miss options from this weekend's lineup.

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On Skidaway Island today, you’ll find a state park, a marine science institute, and a private golf community. But 150 years ago, right after the Civil War, it was home to a monastery and a school for former slaves. An Armstrong State University professor and a team of student archaeologists are digging up the hidden history on the site of the former school.


Savannah Earth Day Festival on Facebook

Spring has sprung in Savannah, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate this weekend. Tanya Milton of the Savannah Tribune and Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calendar share some ways to have fun.

Marianne's picks:

Publix Savannah Women's Half & 5K

With plenty of events on the calendar this weekend, Savannah Magazine's Amy Condon and Visit Savannah's Larissa Allen share some top bets for weekend fun.

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State lawmakers passed new regulations for oil pipelines in Georgia on Thursday, the last day of the 2017 legislative session. Environmental groups and the petroleum industry applauded the legislation.