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.

Ways to Connect

Clinton Edminster

Clinton Edminster, executive director of Art Rise Savannah, and Mahogany Bowers, founder of Blessings in a Bookbag, offer up some ways to have a fun weekend in the Savannah area.

Clinton's picks:

Savannah Stage Company

Plan your weekend right with a little help from Lauren Cleland, social media strategist for Visit Savannah, and Heather Henley, editor of Do Savannah.

Lauren's picks:

Service Brewing

Plan your weekend on the Georgia coast with help from Connect Savannah Community Editor Jessica Leigh Lebos.

Jessica’s picks:

-Start your summer weekend with some folksy fun at Ships of the Sea Museum. Musician Alan Reid will make his Savannah debut, playing with Bob Zentz and Jeanne McDougall. They’ll play music inspired by the sea, explorer Ernest Shackleton, the father of the American Navy and more. Friday, 7:30; $10 general admission, $5 for children.

 

Unity in the Community

Find some weekend fun with these ideas from Mia Amini, DJ with Y-100, and Scott West, founder of Savannah Master Calendar.

Jerry Harris / River Street Savannah

Molly Swagler, vice president of the Tourism Leadership Council, and Bevin Valentine Jalbert, co-editor of Paprika Southern Magazine, offer up some ways to have fun in the Savannah area this Fourth of July weekend.

 

Bevin’s picks:

Stephen Morton / Georgia Ports Authority

A delegation from Georgia was in Panama Sunday to mark the opening of the new expansion of the Panama Canal. It will allow larger cargo ships to pass from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.

 

The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is getting Georgia's ports ready to receive those ships. They do call at the Port of Savannah already, but they can't carry a full load of cargo and they can only travel up the river at high tide.

 

Emily Jones / GPB News

UPDATE 6/24/26: The Tybee City Council approved the adjustments to the permitting process for future productions that wish to film on the island. Existing regulations will be overhauled to more thoroughly address the concerns of citizens and local businesses.

 

 

Gullah-Geechee Nation

Larissa Allen, social media coordinator for Visit Savannah, and Clinton Edminster, executive director of Art Rise Savannah, offer up some ways to have fun in the Savannah area this weekend.

Savannah Food Truck Festival

Tanya Milton, vice president of the Savannah Tribune, and Marcia Banes, events editor of South Magazine, offer up some ways to have fun in the Savannah area this weekend.

 

  Marcia’s picks:

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About 38,000 fish were found dead in a 70-mile stretch of the Ogeechee in 2011. It led state regulators to warn against swimming over Memorial Day weekend that year.

NOAA National Hurricane Center

A tropical storm off the Southeastern coast caused flooding in several Savannah streets Memorial Day weekend.

 

The National Weather Service is encouraging residents to remain well guarded against flood areas and seek alternate routes. Officials say never attempt to drive through standing water.

 

200 Club of the Coastal Empire

Heather Henley, editor of Do Savannah from the Savannah Morning News, and Scott West, founder of Savannah Master Calendar, offer up some ways to have fun in the Savannah area this weekend.

 

Scott’s picks:

Discover Tybee Island

Mahogany Bowers, founder of Blessings in a Bookbag, and Molly Swagler, vice president of the Tourism Leadership Council, offer up some ways to have fun in Savannah this weekend.

 

Molly’s picks:

Cindy Hill / GPB News

In the Chatham County primaries on May 24, several candidates are challenging the incumbents. It echoes the push to shake up the status quo in last year’s Savannah municipal elections, which saw incumbents ousted in three races. GPB spoke with Savannah State University professor Allyne Tosca Owens about the incumbent backlash and what’s motivating that dynamic.

VIDEO: A Southern Lunch With Dora Charles

May 17, 2016
Teresa Earnest / Savannah Magazine

There are some things you simply don’t say no to. Free ice cream, for instance. Affection from a baby animal. Cold sweet tea on a summer day.

 

Also near the top of that list? A crash course in Southern cooking from one of the true masters of the art.

 

Humane Society of Greater Savannah

Jessica Leigh Lebos, community editor of Connect Savannah, and Amy Condon, editor of Savannah Magazine, offer up some ways to have fun in the Savannah area this weekend.

 

Amy’s picks:

Emily Jones / GPB News

On the cobbled walkway behind Savannah’s River Street, four large archways lead into vaults that stretch back toward Bay Street. They’re a curious sight for tourists and locals alike, and stories about their origin abound.

Now, the city’s offering some clarity in the form of new history panels that detail the site known as the Cluskey Embankment Stores or Cluskey Vaults, after their architect, Charles Cluskey. City historian Luciana Spracher said the panels started with a youth group.

HBO

GPB Savannah’s Emily Jones spends her Sunday nights like a lot of people: watching the HBO series “Game of Thrones.”  Jones has stuck with the show, even as she has harsh critiques for its misogynistic treatment of female characters.  In this commentary, she tells us why this bothers her almost more than mistreatment of women in the real patriarchal world. 

Savannah Bicycle Campaign

Bill Dawers, editor of the blog hissing lawns and columnist for the Savannah Morning News, and Siobhan Egan, co-editor of Paprika Southern magazine, offer up some ways to have fun in the Savannah area this weekend.

 

 

Siobhan’s picks:

Visit Tybee

Clinton Edminster, executive director of Art Rise Savannah, and Megan White, marketing projects manager of Visit Savannah, offer up some ways to have fun in the Savannah area this weekend.

Chatham County

Chatham County is voting a lot this year. Between special elections, primaries, and the general there will be at least five elections - and runoffs could bring the total to eight. Members of the elections board say the county could spend $1 million on elections this year. Now, they’re looking for changes.

Board chair Tom Mahoney told GPB’s Emily Jones all these elections are an opportunity for voters - but tough on officials.

The runoff in the special election to finish the House dist. 162 seat of the late Bob Bryant is Tuesday, Apr. 26. That term ends this year.

Emily Jones / GPB News

A small crowd, many of them students, gathered at Savannah State University’s Payne Hall Thursday afternoon for a first look at a new set of portraits decorating the halls.

The eight large paintings by local artist Scott Stanton - known as Panhandle Slim - feature well-known poets like Alice Walker and Gwendolyn Brooks, including several with ties to the university. In signature Panhandle Slim style, each prominently features a quote from the writer.

 

Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home

Marianne Ganem Poppell, co-editor of Savannah Master Calendar, and Marcia Banes, events editor of South Magazine, offer up some ways to have fun in the Savannah area this weekend.

 Marcia’s picks:

Emily Jones / GPB News

Savannah-Chatham schools let out for the summer in about six weeks. But district officials are already looking ahead to next school year. That’s when, for the first time in more than a decade, the district will run school buses instead of a private company. We looked at what that will mean for families - and bus drivers.

 

 

thesuffers.com

Heather Henley, editor of Do Savannah, and Tanya Milton, vice president of the Savannah Tribune, offer up some ways to have fun in Savannah this weekend.

 

 

 Tanya’s picks:

John Abbott / renemarie.com

Jessica Leigh Lebos, community editor of Connect Savannah, and Amy Condon, interim editor of Savannah Magazine, offer up some ways to have fun in Savannah this weekend.

 

 

Amy’s picks:

Chatham County

Chatham County elections officials are clarifying the rules ahead of next week's special elections.

There will be two elections on March 29. The first is the runoff for Sheriff, between Roy Harris and John Wilcher. Voters countywide can cast ballots in that race as long as they were registered by February 1.

The second vote is a special election to fill the seat of Garden City Representative Bob Bryant, who died last month. Only residents of the 19 precincts in Bryant's House district - the 162nd district - can vote in that election. Those precincts are listed below.

Emily Jones / GPB News

St. Patrick's Day started early this morning in Savannah with the Hostess City's annual parade - one of the largest in the country.

Bagpipers led the long procession of floats, bands, and marchers - many of them in town from around the state and country.

In a city where it's legal to drink alcohol in the street, St. Paddy's has a reputation for getting rowdy. But lifelong residents like Christy White say for them, it's about more than green beer.

Casey Jones / http://visitsavannah.com

Mia Amini, DJ for Y100, and Megan White, marketing projects manager for Visit Savannah, offer up some ways to have fun - and beat the crowds - this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Megan’s picks:

Chatham County Sheriff's Office

Chatham County voters this month will choose a sheriff to finish out the term of Al St. Lawrence, who died last year. Five candidates entered the March 1 special election. The top two vote-getters - Roy Harris and John Wilcher - will meet in a runoff March 29. GPB’s Emily Jones sat down with both candidates.

Roy Harris served as Chief Deputy under Sheriff St Lawrence, and has been interim sheriff since November.

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