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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Augusta's longest tenured talk show host began his media career in 1983. Austin is an award-winning reporter, columnist, TV host, and all-around conservative provocateur. His domination in the local News/Talk format has been without peer. Along the way Austin has been named the Georgia Association of Broadcaster's "Radio Personality of the Year" four times. Married with two children, Austin is an active supporter of the arts and artists who call Augusta home!
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.”
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.
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.
Rob Pavey, an Augusta-area journalist since 1984, covered outdoor and environmental issues for The Augusta Chronicle, where he also produced an award-winning Sunday outdoors column for 15 years. He and his wife Tammi - a physician assistant at Interpoint Health - have three adult sons and a bloodhound named Murphy. In addition to fishing and hunting, he enjoys wildlife photography, kayaking, gardening and collecting antique fishing lures.