He is a four-time winner of the Otis A. Brumby Trophy, presented annually to Georgia’s top opinion columnist by the Georgia Press Association. Van Brimmer is a graduate of Ohio University and grew up in the rural countryside near Columbus, Ohio.
“Most journalists aspire to be part of a team that really owns its subject matter, and nobody does Georgia politics as well as the AJC. I’m grateful and excited for the opportunity,” he said.
Van Brimmer grew up in farm country in Central Ohio. His parents were factory workers. He and his wife have two teenage children.
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