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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As Chatham County and the City of Savannah get ready to separate their joint police department, some community groups are pushing to keep the force together.

 

Several groups spoke out against the separation Monday, including the Young Democrats and Republicans, and the National Action Network.

 

Antwan Lang of the Savannah Jaycees said his group has met with city and county leaders, some of whom he said are not putting public safety first.

 

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Georgia Congressman Buddy Carter said Friday that he continues to push for more federal funding to deepen the Savannah harbor. The state has already paid its share to get the project underway. But federal dollars have been slower.

 

The price of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project keeps rising. It now stands at $973 million.

 

That’s one reason Carter said he hopes to get things moving more quickly.

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The whole family - and fans of all sorts of music - can find something fun to do in Savannah this weekend. Marcia Banes of Old Savannah Tours and Joshua Peacock of Do Savannah have some tips.

Joshua's picks:

Psychotronic Film Society on Facebook

Looking for something to do this weekend? Bill Dawers of the Savannah Morning News and hissing lawns and Bevin Valentine Jalbert of Paprika Southern have you covered.

Panhandle Slim / Sulfur Studios on Facebook

There's plenty to do in Savannah this first weekend of November. Mahogany Bowers of Blessings in a Bookbag and Mia Mance of G-100 have some suggestions.

Bay Street Theatre on Facebook

As we head toward Halloween, there's plenty to do in Savannah. Connect Savannah's Jessica Leigh Lebos and Savannah Master Calendar's Marianne Ganem Poppell have some suggestions.

Marianne's picks:

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As debate flares over Confederate monuments around the country, one church in coastal South Carolina is building a memorial to Harriet Tubman. A model was unveiled Tuesday.

Savannah Food Truck Festival on Facebook

With another busy weekend on the way, Clinton Edminster of Starlandia Supply and Space Cat Books and Molly Swagler of the Tourism Leadership Council offer up some ways to have fun.

Picnic in the Park on Facebook

Fall has arrived in Savannah, bringing plenty of favorite local events. Heather Henley of Do Savannah and Larissa Allen of Visit Savannah have some tips on this busy weekend.

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As the world comes to grips with the unprecedented damage of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, millions of Americans in the southeastern United States are working to rebuild their lives. Irma crossed into Georgia in the early morning hours of Monday, September 11, 2017. Over the next 24 hours, water inundated island and beach communities over 100 miles of coastline. Winds topping 69 miles per hour toppled trees and power lines. 1.1 million Georgians lost power and three lost their lives.

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Hurricane Irma has made landfall, and is working its way up our state. The remnants of Irma were downgraded to a tropical storm, but that storm remains a major threat. We checked in with National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Nadler and GPB reporter Emily Jones.

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As Hurricane Irma’s track shifted farther west, many in the Savannah area wondered whether to evacuate as ordered. Some people who at first considered leaving opted to stay, rather than evacuate west to areas increasingly covered by storm trajectories.

 

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Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless has beefed up outreach efforts ahead of Hurricane Irma, after Hurricane Matthew left some individuals stranded in high floodwater last year.

 

Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless executive director Cindy Murphy Kelley said Friday that teams had gone out to the area’s homeless camps, distributing fliers with information about the storm and the evacuation, which begins Saturday. She said they planned “to be a bit tougher with folks,” stressing the danger of the storm.

 

Chatham Emergency Management Agency

Emergency Management officials on the Georgia coast said Wednesday that the area will likely see some effect from Hurricane Irma, though it was too soon to tell how strong the storm would be or whether evacuations would be ordered. Those decisions could come this weekend.

In the meantime, emergency management agencies on the coast were urging residents to monitor the storm and prepare in case it hits.

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The Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals--or DACA--program could launch of wave of political pushback.

 

U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the legal protections provided to hundreds of thousands of people who entered the country illegally as children will wind down over the next six months.

 

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Every day in the United States 91 people die of opioid overdose. That includes prescription opiates and heroin. Over a year, that’s more than ten times the number of people who died on 9/11. On today’s “On Second Thought,” we’re going to hear from some of the people struggling with addiction, those who offer help, and communities caught in the middle.

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Drugs like fentanyl aren’t just creating new risks for human police officers. The dogs who use their powerful noses to sniff out drugs are inhaling the dangerous synthetic opioids as well. So police departments are taking new steps to protect their dogs – and respond if the K-9s get sick.

Normally, it’s a police dog’s job to protect its handler, not the other way around. If you’re a police dog and somebody runs at your human waving a weapon, there’s only one response: you attack.

 

Caila Brown / Savannah Bicycle Campaign

As August winds down, Savannah has plenty of music - and more - to enjoy. Molly Swagler of the Tourism Leadership Council and Anna Chandler of Connect Savannah  have some recommendations.

Coastal Jazz Association on Facebook

It may be hot this weekend, but there's plenty of cool music (and other events) to check out. Bill Dawers of the Savannah Morning News and hissing lawns and Tanya Milton of the Savannah Tribune have a few recommendations.

Tanya's picks:

The Creative Mixture of Art on Facebook

Savannah's got plenty to do this first weekend of August. Mahogany Bowers of Blessings in a Bookbag and Joshua Peacock of Do Savannah have some tips.

Urban Hope Inc. on Facebook

Looking for some weekend fun? Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calendar and Marcia Banes of Old Savannah Tours have a few suggestions.

Marcia's picks:

-Looking to become an expert mixologist? You can give it a try at the Craft Cocktail Lab at Kitchen 320. Learn to make four different cocktails (and sip on them) and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres. Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m.; $30.

Flaujae on Facebook

It's another busy summer weekend in Savannah. Connect Savannah's Jessica Leigh Lebos and G100's Mia Amini have some tips to help you make the most of it.

Summer Soaker 5K on Facebook

Looking to have some fun this weekend in Savannah? Molly Swagler of the Tourism Leadership Council and Clinton Edminster of Art Rise Savannah have you covered.

Clinton's picks:

Devin Ray Smith / Savannah Art March on Facebook

There's plenty to do in Savannah and Tybee alike this weekend. Visit Savannah's Lauren Cleland has a few suggestions.

-Enjoy an evening of entertainment at the Charles H. Morris center with the Love & Soul Experience. The night includes live music, comedy, spoken word poetry and more. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; $40.

Visit Tybee

It's Fourth of July weekend, and that means lots of events - patriotic and otherwise - in Savannah. Joshua Peacock of Do Savannah and Mahogany Bowers of Blessings in a Bookbag have some suggestions.

Mahogany's picks:

Roots Up Gallery on Facebook

Summer's officially here, and there's plenty to keep you busy in Savannah this weekend. Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calendar and Bill Dawers of the Savannah Morning News and hissing lawns share their best bets for weekend fun.

Bill's picks:

With a Twist on Facebook

Wondering what to do in Savannah this Father's Day weekend? Tanya Milton of the Savannah Tribune has you covered.

-Celebrate Juneteenth with the Daughters of Mary Magdalene's annual festival, held at 38th street park. The holiday celebrates the day - June 19, 1865 - when slaves in Texas first learned they were free. The festival features music and fun, as well as honoring locals who've helped the community. Saturday, 11 a.m.; free.

Tell Scarlet on Facebook

It's a packed summer weekend in Savannah. Paprika Southern's Siobhan Egan has some tips.

-It's time for Savannah's own "Dancing with the Stars" - Dancing Stars of Coastal Georgia. Local celebrities compete in a ballroom dance competition at the convention center, and audience members pay $1 per vote to support their favorites. Funds go to the Alzheimer's Association. Friday, 6 p.m.-midnight; $150.

The Savannah Bananas on Facebook

The summer season brings plenty to do in Savannah. Marcia Banes of Old Savannah Tours has her top picks for this weekend.

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