Jennifer Brett

Jennifer Brett is a multiplatform journalist and digital coach at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is a North Carolina native and graduate of the University of North Carolina. She and her husband live in Cobb County.

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Live updates: Brian Kemp is sworn into office
 Brian Kemp was sworn in as Georgia’s 83rd governor on Monday, kicking off a week of events that will define his first year in office.  The ceremonies began at 10 a.m. with a prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead followed by a 2 p.m. swearing-in at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion. At 4:30 p.m., Kemp...

Posted: a day ago

Brian Kemp was sworn in as Georgia’s 83rd governor on Monday, kicking off a week of events that will define his first year in office.  The ceremonies began at 10 a.m. with a prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead followed by a 2 p.m. swearing-in at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion. At 4:30 p.m., Kemp...
Things to know about the site of Brian Kemp’s private prayer service 
 Before today’s inauguration, gala and other festivities, Georgia’s new governor, Brian Kemp, and family  gathered for a private prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Philip.  The prayer service was a private event open to ticketed guests only. Security was very tight, with members of the Georgia State Patrol out in...

Posted: a day ago

Before today’s inauguration, gala and other festivities, Georgia’s new governor, Brian Kemp, and family gathered for a private prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Philip.  The prayer service was a private event open to ticketed guests only. Security was very tight, with members of the Georgia State Patrol out in...
‘There’s all this stress.’ Federal workers navigate longest shutdown
 A typical afternoon in the middle of the week would find Chelsea Goddard picking up her kids from school while her husband is at work. These aren’t typical times. Goddard’s husband is a furloughed federal employee, and with his next paycheck coming who knows when, they have swapped roles. “I went out and got a job as a waitress...

Posted: 4 days ago

A typical afternoon in the middle of the week would find Chelsea Goddard picking up her kids from school while her husband is at work. These aren’t typical times. Goddard’s husband is a furloughed federal employee, and with his next paycheck coming who knows when, they have swapped roles. “I went out and got a job as a waitress...
Free beer for furloughed federal workers
 In south metro Atlanta tonight, a stay-at-home mom starts her new waitressing job. Her husband, a furloughed federal worker not sure when his next paycheck comes, has picked up carpool duty as they try to figure out how to weather the ongoing government shutdown. Elsewhere, a Georgia Head Start Pre-k teacher worries about funding for her...

Posted: 5 days ago

In south metro Atlanta tonight, a stay-at-home mom starts her new waitressing job. Her husband, a furloughed federal worker not sure when his next paycheck comes, has picked up carpool duty as they try to figure out how to weather the ongoing government shutdown. Elsewhere, a Georgia Head Start Pre-k teacher worries about funding for her...
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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park was officially closed on Saturday due to the partial government shutdown. It didn't shut down Brian Jory's hiking plans though. AJC photo: Jennifer Brett

Posted: 6 days ago

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park was officially closed on Saturday due to the partial government shutdown. It didn't shut down Brian Jory's hiking plans though. AJC photo: Jennifer Brett
As shutdown drags on, volunteers collect trash at National Park site
 Way down yonder on the Chattahoochee, someone’s soggy football, tennis ball and softball, a few beer cans and a bottle that once held cheap sparkling wine went into a sturdy black bag. “It’s not too bad,” said Mary Kimberly, one of the volunteers who arrived early on a drizzly Tuesday morning to pick up trash at the...

Posted: 7 days ago

Way down yonder on the Chattahoochee, someone’s soggy football, tennis ball and softball, a few beer cans and a bottle that once held cheap sparkling wine went into a sturdy black bag. “It’s not too bad,” said Mary Kimberly, one of the volunteers who arrived early on a drizzly Tuesday morning to pick up trash at the...
Weight loss or wellness: what’s your 2019 resolution?
 It seems 2018 codified “diet”  as a four-letter word. Weight Watchers rebranded after more than 50 years of point-counting and weigh-ins to become “Wellness that Works,” and Miss America axed the swimsuit competition.  Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian took heat for her now-deleted social media post touting appetite...

Posted: 12 days ago

It seems 2018 codified “diet” as a four-letter word. Weight Watchers rebranded after more than 50 years of point-counting and weigh-ins to become “Wellness that Works,” and Miss America axed the swimsuit competition.  Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian took heat for her now-deleted social media post touting appetite...
PHOTOS: Jimmy Carter at Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Botanical Garden
 President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter, accompanied by about 40 friends and family members, toured the Georgia Aquarium and Atlanta Botanical Garden last week during their time in Atlanta. The Carters usually travel at the holidays but stayed in Georgia this year. They worshiped on Sunday at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where their grandson...

Posted: 12 days ago

President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter, accompanied by about 40 friends and family members, toured the Georgia Aquarium and Atlanta Botanical Garden last week during their time in Atlanta. The Carters usually travel at the holidays but stayed in Georgia this year. They worshiped on Sunday at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where their grandson...
Former first kids reveal what life in the Georgia Governor’s Mansion is like
 The elevator doors open. A bunch of strangers look at you. You’re in your pajamas. The recurring nightmare scenario happened to Alyssa Barnes not long after her dad, former Gov. Roy Barnes, was inaugurated in 1999. She came downstairs one January morning, not realizing public tours had started again following the holiday hiatus. &ldquo...

Posted: 19 days ago

The elevator doors open. A bunch of strangers look at you. You’re in your pajamas. The recurring nightmare scenario happened to Alyssa Barnes not long after her dad, former Gov. Roy Barnes, was inaugurated in 1999. She came downstairs one January morning, not realizing public tours had started again following the holiday hiatus. &ldquo...
From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli, to a kids’ salon
 His 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps had Dave Beltran-Roof ready to act when tensions started to escalate. He assumed a tactical position, looked the other guy in the eye and delicately defused the situation. The peace deal he brokered lasted two minutes. Then the kid started squalling again. “Haircuts weren’t his thing,&rdquo...

Posted: 23 days ago

His 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps had Dave Beltran-Roof ready to act when tensions started to escalate. He assumed a tactical position, looked the other guy in the eye and delicately defused the situation. The peace deal he brokered lasted two minutes. Then the kid started squalling again. “Haircuts weren’t his thing,&rdquo...
Federal shutdown shutters parks, idles workers across Georgia
 The federal budget impasse shuttered national parks and other facilities across Georgia on Saturday, while negotiators in Washington tried without success to hash out a deal. Parts of the federal government shut down at midnight Friday amid a standoff between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over funding for a security...

Posted: 24 days ago

The federal budget impasse shuttered national parks and other facilities across Georgia on Saturday, while negotiators in Washington tried without success to hash out a deal. Parts of the federal government shut down at midnight Friday amid a standoff between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over funding for a security...