Johnston

Johnston has covered sporting events on every level in his 33 years as a writer and editor for daily newspapers and websites. He was recognized as one of the country’s top sports columnists in 2004. He and his wife Lori started Fast Copy Communications, a freelance writing/editing/marketing company that contributed more than 1,000 articles a year to publications and websites across the country. His clients have included the NCAA, The Associated Press, FoxSportsSouth.com, DawgNation, SEC Country, CNN and the AJC, among others.

Education
  • MA, Emerging Media, University of Georgia, 2021
  • ABJ, University of Georgia, 1988

Chiles

About:

Nick Chiles is the Industry Fellow with the Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership at Grady. In his second year as an instructor at Grady, Chiles teaches Feature Writing. Previously he was the writing coach at the Grady Writing Lab for journalism students.

Education
  • M.F.A., Narrative Nonfiction, Grady College at University of Georgia (expected in 2022)
  • B.A., Yale University
Research Interests and Activities

Chiles is the author or co-author of 20 books, including three New York Times bestsellers he wrote with R&B icon Bobby Brown, civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and gospel legend Kirk Franklin. He is the co-author with Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx of the parenting memoir, Act Like You Got Some Sense, to be published in October 2021, and the co-author with Atlanta attorney Robbin Shipp of Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System, which was a finalist for a 2015 NAACP Image Award.

He is the co-author of Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge with retired NBA center Etan Thomas, who was a member of President Obama’s Fatherhood Initiative. Chiles was a co-writer with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick of his 2012 book, Faith in the Dream, and he co-wrote the 2019 book Engage Connect Protect: Empowering Diverse Youth as Environmental Leaders with environmental activist Angelou Ezeilo.

Chiles co-wrote four novels and wrote a fifth novel as a celebrity ghostwriter.

Teaching Specialties

Chiles’s teaching interests include narrative nonfiction, education reporting, cultural reporting, and magazine and feature writing.

Experience

Chiles served as a newspaper reporter for the Dallas Morning News, the Star-Ledger of New Jersey and New York Newsday. He has also written for magazines such as The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, Essence and Ebony. He was also a magazine and a website editor-in-chief. He has served as a professor at Columbia Journalism School, and at Princeton University. He is a consultant for the William Julius Wilson Institute at the Harlem Children’s Zone.

Awards and Fellowships

Chiles has won nearly 20 major journalism awards, including a 1992 Pulitzer Prize as part of a New York Newsday team. He has won a Green Eyeshade Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, several National Association of Black Journalists awards, an NAACP Image Award, and two National Education Reporting Awards presented by the Education Writers Association. He was the recipient of the Spencer Education Fellowship at Columbia University and the Ferris Fellowship at Princeton.

Tadashi

Writer and director Leandro Tadashi did his undergrad in Film and TV Production at the University of São Paulo and has been awarded several production and development grants that provided funds for his film projects. His short films have been screened in over 300 festivals worldwide, like the Festival de Cinema de Gramado (Brazil) and the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France).         

In 2015, Tadashi finished his MFA in Film & TV Production at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC. In Los Angeles, he directed the short “Tomorrow” (2014), and co-directed the feature “Actors Anonymous” (2017). The feature was produced by Elysium Bandini Studios and was based on the book written by James Franco, who also acted in the film.

Nix

About: Part-time instructor Ramsey Nix previously worked as Assistant Professor of Mass Communications at Piedmont College, where she taught journalism courses and advised the student newspaper. Previously, she served as the editor of Lake Oconee Living magazine after earning a master’s degree in journalism at UGA. Nix served in the Peace Corps in Uliastai, Mongolia from 2000-2002, an experience that continues to inform her life’s journey. Currently, Nix is raising two babies with her husband Jake in Athens, Ga., and freelance writing whenever possible.

Ledbetter

About:: His professional background includes work in both the print and broadcast media. He’s currently the award-winning Atlanta Falcons Beat Writer for The Atlanta Journal Constitution. He has appeared on ESPN’s First Take, Cold Pizza and Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith, MSNBC, NFL Network’s Total Access and ESPN’s SportsCenter. He’s been a sports reporter for the Charlotte Observer, the Cincinnati Enquirer, a sports reporter and columnist for the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Ledbetter started teaching at Georgia in Spring of 2015. He’s also taught Communications Law, Mass Media Writing and Reporting and Entertainment Law at Clark Atlanta University and has lectured at the Marquette University’s National Sports Law Institute.

Education

Darryl Orlando Ledbetter has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati, and has a B.A. in Journalism from Howard University.

Burns

About: Burns serves as publisher of The Red & Black Publishing Company, Inc., an independent student media nonprofit that publishes the largest student newspaper in Georgia, provides journalism training, produces year-round daily online news, and publishes a family of specialty publications including “UGA 101” and the 50,000-circulation “University of Georgia Visitors Guide.” Prior to joining The Red & Black in 2015, Burns had more than two decades experience in journalism and media management. She is the former editor in chief of Atlanta magazine and previously served as director of digital strategy for its parent company, Emmis Publishing, whose other titles included Texas Monthly and Los Angeles Magazine. The author of three books, she teaches part-time at the University of Georgia and previously taught at Emory University. She continues to work as a freelance writer and editor, contributing to publications such as The Guardian and POLITICO. She tweets @RebeccaBurns

Crist

About: Carolyn Crist is a freelance journalist based in Athens who teaches photojournalism, convergence journalism and travel journalism courses at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She writes regularly for Reuters Health, Paste Magazine and Anesthesiology News. She also curates the weekly Covering Poverty newsletter for Grady College, which shares tips for journalists to write about poverty in their communities. While a newspapers undergraduate and health and medical journalism graduate student at Grady College, Carolyn researched poverty journalism and diversity in the high school student newsroom.

Harris

About

Bryan joined Jackson Spalding, an Atlanta-based public relations and marketing agency, in 2006 and wears many hats within the agency. He leads their crisis/issues management practice as well as driving the agency’s work in the sports and higher education industries.

On the sports side, he has led work for clients like the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, College Football Hall of Fame, ESPN, SEC Network, Atlanta Sports Council, Mizuno, Parker Executive Search, Excel Sports Management and others. He has also helped manage media relations for marquee events like the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship, 2018 MLS All Star Game, Super Bowl LIII and multiple PGA TOUR-sanctioned events.

As the son of an educator, Bryan takes particular pride in supporting higher education clients like the University of Mississippi, University of Georgia, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Oglethorpe University, WGU and Berry College.

He has played a leadership role in several of the firm’s leading corporate accounts, including Chick-fil-A, Cricket Wireless, Urban One, TK Elevators, Google, Interstate Batteries, Publix and others.

Bryan is a past chair of the Grady Society Alumni Board and now serves on the Grady College Board of Trust. He is a leader in the Atlanta sports community and serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Sports Council.

Bryan is also active in his hometown of Athens, where he serves on the boards of the Mercy Health Center and Extra Special People.

Education

Huntingdon College, Montgomery, AL
BSEd, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
MA, University of Georgia, Athens, GA