Lori Geary joins “The Georgia Gang”

She worked at Channel 2 Action News for 19 years until 2016
Lori Geary (second to left) joins Fox 5's "The Georgia Gang," which features Tharon Johnson, Phil Kent, Alexis Scott and Dick Williams. CREDIT: Fox 5

Lori Geary (second to left) joins Fox 5's "The Georgia Gang," which features Tharon Johnson, Phil Kent, Alexis Scott and Dick Williams. CREDIT: Fox 5

Originally produced Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Former Channel 2 Action News reporter Lori Geary has joined Fox 5's weekly news discussion program "The Georgia Gang."

Geary, who has covered politics, left WSB-TV in 2016 after 19 years, citing personal reasonsShe also runs her own consultancy group in which she does videos for non-profit groups.

The show, created and led by Dick Williams, airs weekly on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. The other panelists are Alexis Scott, Phil Kent and Tharon JohnsonIt has been around in some form since 1981 and under its current name since 1989.

"She's a very good political reporter who wants back in the game but without full-time responsibilities," Williams said. "It's a work in progress. She'll do reports, ease on to the panel. For now, she'll fill in as needed for me and the others."
He said he liked her work on WSB. "Reporters of her caliber are rarely available on a part-time basis," he noted. He said the station wants to "spiff up the program and add production elements."

Geary said she never left the political world. Before this came along, she was already contributing to Bill Nigut's radio show "Political Rewind" on 88.5/WRAS-FM.

She was thrilled when Fox 5 asked her to help out the show.

“It’s such an impactful show,” Geary said in an interview Thursday. “I know all the politcos watch it. It’s been on so many years. People respect the views of all the participants. And it fits the kids’ schedules. It tapes Friday morning.” (She has kids ages seven and 10.)

She said the Georgia state press corp has “dwindled” in the face of economic issues. This makes a show like “The Georgia Gang” that much more important, she said, because the show enables them to go deeper into issues like the Gulch or MARTA than regular broadcast news.

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