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Emily G. Garcia

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Emily Garcia is an investigative journalist covering the University of Georgia and Athens communities.

I joined The Red & Black in the fall of 2020—the semester I transferred to the University of Georgia. Despite the pandemic, I was able to cover multiple protests, in-person events and the 2020 election in Athens. The articles I wrote were nice additions to my portfolio but the real gains I made were in my ability to share knowledge with the community. Writing for The Red & Black also launched me into multiple internships, such as Georgia Public Broadcasting, the Georgia affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union and Ballotpedia.

At Georgia Public Broadcasting, I primarily researched voting bills proposed in the Georgia General Assembly. In a story about the impact of Senate Bill 202 on poll workers, I called poll managers from several counties of varying sizes around Georgia and asked a series of questions about how the bill would impact their precincts. Their answers opened my eyes to the tangible impact state legislation has on individuals and their ability to do their jobs.

Since working with GPB, I have found that I am most eager to write when I have the opportunity to explain these tangible impacts to the general public. This resulted in my application to the ACLU of Georgia to work as a policy intern during the special redistricting session. I’ve also interned with the news department at Ballotpedia and updated their application programming interface to reflect changes in the status of political officeholders. I am particularly passionate about this work because it aligns with my belief that the public should have accessible and reliable information about the people who govern them.

Currently, I am a research intern FOIA’ing the federal government for the Campaign for Accountability.


Selected Works:

Dissatisfaction with Oglethorpe Ave. Elementary leadership runs deeper

Pajama day at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School was supposed to be fun. Attitudes about the event, which took place the day before winter break, quickly shifted after the school received a bomb threat and students and teachers were evacuated to a nearby church parking lot for two hours. The threat turned out to be aContinue reading “Dissatisfaction with Oglethorpe Ave. Elementary leadership runs deeper”

UGA graduate students advocate for repeal of special institution fee

The Franklin College’s faculty senate passed a resolution on March 23 written by the Graduate Student Council’s advocacy committee to signal support for eliminating the Special Institution Fee for graduate students at the University of Georgia. The resolution also encourages UGA to work with the University System of Georgia to eliminate the fee for allContinue reading “UGA graduate students advocate for repeal of special institution fee”

UGA First Amendment Clinic, residents ask transparency of Oconee County School Board

On Feb. 5, the University of Georgia’s First Amendment clinic sent its second letter to the Oconee County School Board asking for the board to increase transparency with the community, promote more virtual accessibility to board meetings and unblock members of the community on its Twitter account. The First Amendment clinic is a semester-long courseContinue reading “UGA First Amendment Clinic, residents ask transparency of Oconee County School Board”