Meet The Press

The Augusta Press is a local online newspaper that covers Richmond and Columbia counties. The paper is locally owned by long-time residents and natives of these counties. We work from two premises:

  1. The purpose of the press is to tell the truth and to raise hell. (Chicago Tribune, 1861)
  2. The job of a newspaper is to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. (paraphrase from Peter Finley Dunne, Chicago Evening Post, 1893)

Mission Statement

The Augusta Press exists to bring the latest local CSRA news to readers; to serve as a watchdog on government by protecting the public’s right to know what their elected officials are doing and, more importantly, why they are doing it; to entertain readers with insightful, touching, and thought-provoking features; and to serve as a public forum for the discussion of public issues via editorials and opinion pieces. The staff and owners of the paper pledge to conduct their news/editorial work with an eye to the social responsibilities all journalists bear and to speak truth to power at all times.  We hold to the Society of Professional Journalists CODE OF ETHICS a copy of which can be found by clicking here.

 

Staff

Debbie Reddin van Tuyll is an award winning journalist who has experience covering government, courts, law enforcement, and education. She has worked for both daily and weekly newspapers as a reporter, photographer, editor, and page designer. Van Tuyll has been teaching journalism for the last 30 years but has always remained active in the profession as an editor of Augusta Today (a city magazine published in the late 1990s and early 2000s) and a medical journal. She is the author of six books on the history of journalism with numbers seven and eight slated to appear in Spring 2021. She is the winner of two lifetime achievement awards in journalism history research and service.
Charmain Zimmerman Brackett is a lifelong resident of Augusta. A graduate of Augusta University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, she has been a journalist for more than 30 years, writing for publications including The Augusta Chronicle, Augusta Magazine, Fort Gordon's Signal newspaper and Columbia County Magazine. She won the placed second in the Keith L. Ware Journalism competition at the Department of the Army level for an article about wounded warriors she wrote for the Fort Gordon Signal newspaper in 2008. She was the Greater Augusta Arts Council's Media Winner in 2018.
Scott Hudson is an award winning investigative journalist from Augusta, GA who reported daily for WGAC AM/FM radio as well as maintaining a monthly column for the Buzz On Biz newspaper. Scott co-edited the award winning book "Augusta's WGAC: The Voice Of The Garden City For Seventy Years" and authored the book "The Contract On The Government."
Dana Lynn McIntyre is an award-winning reporter who began working in radio news in her hometown of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She also worked as a television news photographer for a station in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Dana moved to Savannah, Ga. in 1984 to join the news team at WIXV-FM/I95 Radio. In early 1986, WBBQ Radio in Augusta invited her to interview for a position with the news department. Within three weeks, Dana was living in Olde Town and working at a legendary radio station. Dana left WBBQ in 1996 to join WJBF NewsChannel 6 as assignment manager. In 1998 she became a reporter/anchor covering law enforcement, crime and courts as well as witnessing two executions, one in Georgia, the other in South Carolina. She also spent time as an assignment manager-editor in Atlanta, metro New York City, and back in Augusta at WRDW Television. Dana joined The Augusta Press team in April 2021. Among Dana’s awards from the Georgia Associated Press Broadcasters Association are for Excellence in General Assignment Reporting, Spot News and Specialized Reporting. Dana also received an award for Public Service Reporting from the West Augusta Rotary Club for a story with actor LeVar Burton on his PBS Television show “Reading Rainbow."
Tyler Strong is a born and raised Augustan, having graduated from Davidson Fine Arts High School and Augusta University. He’s produced content for various local publications such as the Augusta Chronicle and Metro Spirit, and has spent his time since college traveling and working for CBS Sports. When not writing, he can be found supporting Augusta’s arts community, shooting photos outdoors, or agonizing over Indianapolis Colts football.
Skyler Andrews is a bona fide native of the CSRA; born in Augusta, raised in Aiken, with family roots in Edgefield County, S.C., and presently residing in the Augusta area. A graduate of University of South Carolina - Aiken with a Bachelor of Arts in English, he has produced content for Verge Magazine, The Aiken Standard and the Augusta Conventions and Visitors Bureau. Amid working various jobs from pest control to life insurance and real estate, he is also an active in the Augusta arts community; writing plays, short stories and spoken-word pieces. He can often be found throughout downtown with his nose in a book, writing, or performing stand-up comedy.
A proud native of Caddo Parish, La., Anna was then raised in New Orleans, where she acquired her love of music, and in Marietta, Ga., where she graduated high school with honors and distinction in history and a double distinction in English. She credits her excitement for joining The Augusta Press to her lifelong love of language and storytelling, several years working on the staff of two student literary magazines, a childhood spent with two parents who devour news, and war stories told by her dad about his years as a print journalist with newspapers in Texas and Louisiana. When she is not chasing a story, she is apt to be chasing her “barbarian horde," made up of two sons, two bonus-daughters, and their four beloved “hellhounds”. Her favorite season is football season, when she reverts to her earliest allegiances by rooting loudly and unapologetically for the New Orleans Saints.
Connie Wilson has worked in the commercial real estate industry for over a decade. She has lived in Columbia County for the last 30 years with her husband and two daughters. Connie is a graduate of Leadership Columbia County and is very active in the local community. In addition to being the CFO of The Augusta Press, Connie is the managing partner of Sherman & Hemstreet, Inc. the CSRA’s largest commercial real estate firm.
Joe Edge is a lifelong Augusta GA native. He graduated from Evans high school in 2000 and served four years in the United States Marine Corps right out of High School. Joe has been married for 18 years and has five children.

Columnists

Sylvia Cooper-Rogers (on Facebook) is better known in Augusta by her byline Sylvia Cooper. Cooper is a Georgia native but lived for seven years in Oxford, Mississippi. She believes everybody ought to live in Mississippi for awhile at some point. Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of Georgia, summa cum laude where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Zodiac. (Zodiac was twelve women with the highest scholastic averages). Her Masters degree in Speech and Theater, is from the University of Mississippi. Cooper began her news writing career at the Valdosta Daily Times. She also worked for the Rome News Tribune. She worked at The Augusta Chronicle as a news reporter for 18 years, mainly covering local politics but many other subjects as well, such as gardening. She also, wrote a weekly column, mainly for the Chronicle on local politics for 15 of those years. Before all that beginning her journalistic career, Cooper taught seventh-grade English in Oxford, Miss. and later speech at Valdosta State College and remedial English at Armstrong State University. Her honors and awards include the Augusta Society of Professional Journalists first and only Margaret Twiggs award; the Associated Press First Place Award for Public Service around 1994; Lou Harris Award; and the Chronicle's Employee of the Year in 1995.
Mike Meyers is a public relations and community relations leader as well as a church pastor. He is known as a calm and decisive leader, who can communicate and deliver. As a former government information officer with 20 years in public service, Meyers is known as a servant leader who uses storytelling, consistency and big picture examples to connect audiences. He states that his mission is to inspire pride, engagement, and advocacy for “the least of these.” Mike believes that “He who manages the information - manages the future.”
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. He also owns AugustaCrime.com. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel. He is married with two daughters.
Sports Columnist - Ashley, or “A.B.” as he is known, was born and raised in the Augusta Area, graduating from Lakeside High School in 1989. Ten years later, he was invited back to give the Commencement Address at the School’s Graduation Ceremony. He attended Columbus State University on a basketball scholarship. Following his college career, he moved back to Augusta and began a career as a radio talk show host that lasted for 21 years. He has also written more than 2,000 columns for local publications and serves as the color analyst for WJBF’s Game Night Live Football Broadcast. “A.B.” resides in Evans with his wife, Rebecca and children, John Chandler and Kendall.