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.

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In search of some fun? Savannah Tribune Vice President Tanya Milton and Visit Savannah Digital Content Coordinator Larissa Allen have a few ideas for your Savannah weekend.

Larissa's picks:

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The University System of Georgia is making an antidote for opioid overdoses available on all its campuses.  The drug Naloxone can reverse the effects of an overdose on opioids like heroin and fentanyl.

The use and addiction of the opioid heroin has increased throughout the United States and is trending among 18-25 year olds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a little over 1,300 people died in Georgia from opioid overdoses in 2015, the most recent year with available data.

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A Savannah legislator says Georgia needs to revise its definition of where beaches end and private property begins.

Republican Rep. Jesse Petrea is a co-sponsor of a bill to revise the 1979 law that protects Georgia's dunes, beaches, shoals and sandbars — thus also protecting barrier island property from erosion and hurricane damage.

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Savannah has plenty to offer this pre-Valentine's Day weekend. Joshua Peacock, a freelance writer and DO Savannah columnist, and Mahogany Bowers, founder of Blessings in a Bookbag, offer up their ideas.

Joshua's picks:

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February brings plenty of events to the Savannah area. Bevin Valentine Jalbert of Paprika Southern magazine and Bill Dawers of DO Savannah and hissing lawns share their suggestions for weekend fun.

Bill's picks:

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There's plenty to do in Savannah this weekend, from music to tech to weddings. Mia Amini of G100 and Marcia Banes of Old Savannah Tours share their top recommendations.

Marcia's picks:

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History is all around in Savannah - including underfoot, according to Robin Williams, chair of the Architectural History department at SCAD. He talked with GPB's Emily Jones about why he says paving is an important part of history.

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Plan your weekend fun with some help from Savannah Magazine editor Amy Condon and Connect Savannah community editor Jessica Leigh Lebos.

Amy's picks:

-The Thursday Night Opry series at Trininty United Methodist Church kicks off 2017 with a singer-songwriter show, featuring local and regional artists. Performers include Kurtis Schumm, Dare Dukes, Rachel Shaner and Sarah Poole. Thursday, 7-10 p.m.; $10.

Telfair Museums

Enjoy a fun long weekend in Savannah with some help from Art Rise Savannah's Clinton Edminster and the Tourism Leadership Council's Molly Swagler.

Molly's picks:

Georgia Southern and Armstrong State Universities will combine under the name Georgia Southern University. The state Board of Regents approved the consolidation Wednesday.

Armstrong students and alumni have been critical of the plan, pointing to Armstrong's history in Savannah and the distance between the schools.

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Ready for some more fun in the new year? Do Savannah editor Heather Henley and Visit Savannah Digital Content Coordinator Larissa Allen have you covered.

Heather's picks:

Coastal advocacy organization One Hundred Miles will host the first "Choosing to Lead" conference this Saturday, Jan. 7, on Jekyll Island. Catherine Ridley joined GPB Savannah's Emily Jones to share more about why they created this conference on coastal conservation in action. Information about the conference may be found here.

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Coastal Georgia is a busy place during the holidays. Sara Lane of Visit Tybee and Amy Condon of Savannah Magazine help you navigate the fun.

Amy's picks:

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Ready to get festive? Freelance writer and Do Savannah columnist Joshua Peacock and Connect Savannah arts and entertainment editor Anna Chandler have some recommendations for a fun December weekend in Savannah.

Anna's picks:

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The Savannah City Council on Thursday walked back from a plan to cut about $400,000 in funding for social service and arts organizations.


The move came after supporters of the groups facing cuts packed the council meeting to voice their concerns.


Many speakers argued against reducing arts funding to put more money toward public safety, a reason often cited for the cuts proposed in the 2017 city budget.


Craft Scout Holiday Market

Ready for the holiday season in Savannah? Molly Swagler, vice president of the Tourism Leadership Council, and Clinton Edminster, executive director of Art Rise Savannah, have some ways to get celebrating.

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Work has resumed at a downtown Savannah construction site after two cannonballs were found and detonated there this week. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Ft. Stewart deemed them unsafe to transport.

Police called them Civil War-era  landmines. But Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society, says ammunition was last stored at the site before the war, so they're likely older.

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Flowers and notes of support adorned the fence of the Islamic Center of Savannah Monday after the mosque received a threatening letter.

The anonymous note called Muslims "vile and filthy" and said President-elect Donald Trump is "going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews."

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Thanksgiving is always a busy time for charities that feed the hungry. And Hurricane Matthew has forced many of those groups in Savannah to work overtime since early October. The storm created more need - but it’s also inspired people to give back.

More than a month after Hurricane Matthew, many in Savannah are still recovering from the losses the storm brought. Food, lost during the power outage. Wages, lost during the evacuation. Homes, lost to flooding and fallen trees.

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Plan your weekend with some help from Heather Henley of Do Savannah and Bevin Valentine Jalbert of Paprika Southern.

Bevin's picks:

-Spend a fall evening by the water at Isle of Hope Marina's oyster roast benefiting the Coastal Conservation Association. Junkyard Angel will provide live music. Thursday, 6-10 p.m.; $15 adults with oysters, $10 without, $5 for kids.

Telfair Museums

Plan your weekend with a little help from Alpha Media's Mia Amini and Savannah Master Calendar's Marianne Ganem Poppell.

Visit Tybee

With Halloween on the horizon and several festivals in the area, it's a busy weekend for Coastal Georgia. Mahogany Bowers of Blessings in a Bookbag and Lauren Cleland of Visit Savannah help you navigate it.

Lauren's picks:

The Savannah Food Truck Festival

Molly Swagler of the Tourism Leadership Council and Marcia Banes of Old Savannah Tours and South Magazine have some ideas to help you plan a fun Savannah weekend.

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UPDATE 10/19/16 5:13 p.m.

Federal Judge William T. Moore has denied the request to extend the voter registration deadline for all the Georgia counties that were under an evacuation order during Hurricane Matthew.

A lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union argued that the evacuation, subsequent power outages and other issues amounted to "complete and total disenfranchisement" for voters in the six counties evacuated for the storm - not just in Chatham County, where Moore already extended the deadline.

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Individuals in coastal Georgia can now get disaster relief aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA funds were previously only available for government debris removal and protective measures, like shelters.

Individual assistance is available for Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, McIntosh and Wayne counties.

Individual aid is also available in Beaufort and Jasper counties in South Carolina, as well as 15 other South Carolina counties.

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In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Savannah has come together to rebuild and help those who lost everything to the storm. Paprika Southern co-editor Siobhan Egan and Art Rise Savannah Executive Director Clinton Edminster share some ways to get help - and give back - this weekend.

Clinton's picks:


UPDATE 10/9/16 12:25 p.m

Governor Nathan Deal is lifting the mandatory evacuation order for coastal counties except for Chatham, where it won't be lifted until 5 p.m. At that point, Chatham County will be open to the public as well, though there will be a curfew in effect from 10 p.m.-7 a.m.

National Hurricane Center

As Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti and Cuba Tuesday, emergency management officials on the Georgia and South Carolina coasts urged residents to prepare for possible effects of the storm later in the week.

Telfair Museums

Are you ready for the weekend - and Savannah's busy fall social season? Let Amy Condon of Savannah Magazine and Jessica Leigh Lebos of Connect Savannah be your guides.

Amy's picks:

Allegations of sexual misconduct by Savannah Alderman Tony Thomas won't go before a criminal grand jury.

A Chatham County grand jury Friday found the evidence does not support a criminal case, largely because the statute of limitations has run out in all the cases, barring the state from prosecution.

Thomas is accused of sexually abusing several teenage boys. He has denied the allegations and said he plans to file civil suits.