The 2018 Legislative team poses for a photograph at the Georgia State Capitol Thursday, January 042017. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC
Photo: Steve Schaefer
Photo: Steve Schaefer

Your AJC team at the Capitol

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will have the largest group of journalists at the Capitol during the 2018 legislative session, providing expertise that can’t be found anywhere else. Here’s a look at the team:

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Bob Andres joined the AJC in 1998. He has held photography and photo editing positions in California, Florida and Georgia. He will produce photos and videos from the Capitol during the legislative session.

Greg Bluestein covers the governor’s office and state politics. He joined the AJC in June 2012 after spending seven years with the Atlanta bureau of The Associated Press, where he covered a range of beats that included politics and legal affairs. He also contributes to the AJC’s Political Insider blog. This is his 14th legislative session and his sixth with the AJC.

Saurabh Datar is a news applications developer at the AJC. He uses computational techniques and programming to report on politics. He joined the AJC in the summer of 2016.

Jim Denery has worked at nine newspapers, mostly in the South, over the past 34 years. He has been at the AJC for 10 years. His primary duties during the session will be editing stories and writing the Capitol Recap, a summary of some of the biggest stories of the week from the General Assembly, with a dash of odd ones thrown in.

Bria Felicien joined the AJC in 2017. She currently works as an audience specialist for Politically Georgia, distributing content through various platforms to reach readers throughout the state.

Jim Galloway has been an editor and writer for the AJC since 1979. He is currently its political columnist and was the creator of its current-events blog, Political Insider.

Ariel Hart will be covering health care during the session. She has been at the AJC since 2005 and worked on its award-winning Doctors & Sex Abuse series.

Mark Niesse covers the Georgia House of Representatives and has been a reporter for the AJC for five years. He’ll report on rural Georgia, medical marijuana, voting machines and religious liberty.

Susan Potter is the senior editor of the AJC’s State Government and Politics Team and has led political coverage for more than nine years. She has been at the AJC for 20 years.

Maya T. Prabhu joined the AJC last year and will be covering the Senate during the legislative session, along with other aspects of state government and Georgia politics. During her career she has covered all levels of government, most recently the South Carolina General Assembly for The Post and Courier, based in Charleston.

Jeremy Redmon will cover a variety of issues at the Legislature, including immigration, refugees, and the opioid and heroin overdose epidemic.

Isaac Sabetai is an audience specialist who analyzes data, creates interactives and handles social media. He has been at the AJC for 10 years and is from Florida.

James Salzer has covered Georgia politics and state government since 1990, including five years on the AJC’s Investigative Team. Prior to that he covered state politics and wrote a political column in Texas. He specializes in stories about state spending, taxes, campaign finance and ethics.

Ty Tagami has covered government, politics, crime and, now, schools for the AJC. During this session, he’ll follow legislation affecting k-12 and higher education.

David Wickert will cover transportation issues during the legislative session. He joined the AJC in 2010 and has also covered local government in Fulton and Gwinnett counties. He previously worked at newspapers in Illinois, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington state.

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