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.

Ways to Connect

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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.




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:

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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.

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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.

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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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Bill Dawers, editor of the music blog Hissing Lawns and columnist for the Savannah Morning News, and Mahogany Bowers, founder of Blessings in a Bookbag, offer up some ways to have fun in Savannah this weekend.

Mahogany’s picks:


Funeral services for author Pat Conroy are expected to draw thousands of people in South Carolina's Lowcountry Monday and Tuesday.


 The best-selling author of "The Prince of Tides" and "The Great Santini" died Friday, just weeks after announcing he'd been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Funeral director Carla Anderson-Smith tells the Beaufort Gazette she's expecting 1,500 to 2,000 people to turn out to pay their respects to the beloved author.

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Marcia Banes, events editor for South Magazine, and Molly Swagler, vice president of the Tourism Leadership Council, offer up some ways to have fun in Savannah this weekend.

Molly's picks: 

-In the market for a boat, or just a fan? Check out the Savannah Boat Show at the convention center. The event features Capt. Paul Herbert of National Geographic's "Wicked Tuna." Friday, 12-6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 children, military, seniors.

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St. Simons Island could become Georgia’s next city. It attracts a lot of development. And some residents think only a local city government can make sure developers preserve the island’s character. But as GPB’s Emily Jones reports, not everyone is sold.




  When you drive around St. Simon’s Island, it’s easy to see why people love it. Old live oaks twist and spread their limbs over the roads, with tiny cottages tucked between them.