Skylar Nicholson

Skylar Nicholson is an associate producer on Lawmakers.

She has been with Georgia Public Broadcasting for four years, since completing an internship during her senior year of high school. Her focus beats within politics are education, arts and entertainment, and healthcare. She has worked on a variety of different shows including Football Fridays, A Seat at the Table, and the Atlanta Press Club Debates. She will be graduating in May of 2020 with a double major of Journalism and Political Science from the University of Georgia.


Pebblebrook High School

You may never hear the cast of Pebblebrook High School sing High School Musical because their own high school experience is a casualty of COVID-19.


“The most disappointing thing is for the kids who had been cast in the productions. It means that they don't have the opportunity to perform,” said Director Frank Timmerman.  


The Masters

The prestigious Masters golf tournament has been rescheduled for early November, the Augusta National Golf Club announced Monday. This year’s tournament, already once rescheduled for this week, was first postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Masters have taken place in Augusta every year since 1934, but as other sports events are postponed or canceled around the world, officials have put a hold on the popular golf tournament. In the 84 years of its existence,  the tournament has only been canceled during World War II. 

Wendy Wynne

Lions and tigers and bears... or COVID-19, oh my!

Neighbors in Roswell practiced social-distancing and rallied together to create a makeshift, stuffed animal zoo for the neighborhood children. Families took a wild excursion through their front yards and porches to find exotic animals hanging out among their friends. These animals were stuffed and offered no immediate threat or danger to the public, neighbors were assured.

Naman Patel

Cheering and honking their car horns, hundreds of people filled the evening air with appreciation for local healthcare workers on the front lines of the coronavirus battle at the Newnan Piedmont Hospital, as has happened many nights in cities worldwide.


More than 200 cars filled almost every parking spot in the lot. Some had hazard lights cutting through the evening light, others had music blaring and there were even more supportive messages written on signs.

Vincent Hancock

Vincent Hancock, Georgia’s famed skeet shooting gold medalist, is still training for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics even though the games have been postponed. The gold medalist told GPB News he has been smiling since qualifying for the Olympic team trials two weeks ago and isn’t worried about the changes to the competition.

Still, Hancock’s disappointed.

We need to flatten the curve to control the coronavirus outbreak, WHO has said repeatedly. 

What is flattening the curve?

In epidemiology, the curve is defined as the projected number of new cases over a period of time, according to the CDC. Through observing a curve, scientists can learn the outbreaks time trend, magnitude of the outbreak, most likely time period of exposure and spread of the illness.

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Ray Jones left the Atlanta Range and Ordnance with a new gun and ammunition, wanting to protect his stockpile as he prepares for a new lifestyle amid the spread of coronavirus.


Jessica Gurell

While we’re still in flu season, symptoms of the coronavirus have prompted inevitable confusion over what might be the source: Flu or allergies or coronavirus?

Is COVID-19 pretty much the same type of sickness as the flu or common cold? Or does it pose a much more dire threat to society? Here is what we know:

Jessica Gurell

The coronavirus is an upper respiratory infection with mild to severe respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath which could appear between two to 14 days after exposure.


The World Health Organization has declared it a pandemic.


Jessica Gurell

GPB News understands it’s a stressful time and we want to help provide some of the best practices to help protect you and your family, as well as the broader community.


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During the first week of March, I did not understand the extent to which many people across the country might have already come into contact with the coronavirus. Instead of stocking up for groceries, a group of students and I, from the University of Georgia, continued on with travel plans for spring break. For nearly a year, we’ve had plans to take a cruise to celebrate our May graduation. As we kept an eye on the news, we did discuss the situation, going back and forth.

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University seniors say they are concerned about their last few months of classes after the University System of Georgia mandated online instruction by all institutions until the end of the semester.


Some, like University of Georgia senior Megan Wahn, are upset at the sudden forced departure from campus.



Gov. Brian Kemp has been in contact with the White House and various health officials regarding the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, he told Lawmakers Capitol Correspondent Patricia Murphy at a press conference Wednesday.

He then outlined preparations being made in and by the state of Georgia. Officially named COVID-19, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention labeled the virus an epidemic.

GPB Lawmakers Host Donna Lowry interviews (L to R) Dr. Patrice Harris, Dr. Sally Goza and Dr. Jacqueline Fincher
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Three of the country’s leading medical organizations are run by Georgian women who say they hope to focus efforts — at national levels — around improving healthcare in rural communities, which is a leading healthcare concern in Georgia.

President of the American College of Physicians Dr. Jacqueline Fincher, President American Academy of Pediatrics Dr. Sally Goza and President American Medical Association Dr. Patrice Harris spoke to GPB Lawmakers’ Host Donna Lowry, breaking down how the impact the lack of access to healthcare can affect communities.

Senior Mai Brown has already taken some of the general college classes required to graduate from a university, even before starting college. The 17-year-old film enthusiast enrolled at the Central Educational Center because she hopes to be a director one day and wants to focus on the classes that will matter to her craft.

“I took a lot of classes over the summer to make my senior year a lot easier and so that I could focus on my career,” she said.