Sylvia Cooper

Sylvia Cooper-Rogers (on Facebook) is better known in Augusta by her byline Sylvia Cooper. Cooper is a Georgia native but lived for seven years in Oxford, Mississippi. She believes everybody ought to live in Mississippi for awhile at some point. Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of Georgia, summa cum laude where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Zodiac. (Zodiac was twelve women with the highest scholastic averages). Her Masters degree in Speech and Theater, is from the University of Mississippi. Cooper began her news writing career at the Valdosta Daily Times. She also worked for the Rome News Tribune. She worked at The Augusta Chronicle as a news reporter for 18 years, mainly covering local politics but many other subjects as well, such as gardening. She also, wrote a weekly column, mainly for the Chronicle on local politics for 15 of those years. Before all that beginning her journalistic career, Cooper taught seventh-grade English in Oxford, Miss. and later speech at Valdosta State College and remedial English at Armstrong State University. Her honors and awards include the Augusta Society of Professional Journalists first and only Margaret Twiggs award; the Associated Press First Place Award for Public Service around 1994; Lou Harris Award; and the Chronicle's Employee of the Year in 1995.
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Sylvia Cooper: Mayor’s expenses have cost Augustans thousands

With only about three months left in his term, Mayor Hardie Davis Jr. is still costing taxpayers thousands of dollars.

Sylvia Cooper: Where in the world is the mayor?

Columnist Sylvia Cooper has good news and bad news about Augusta politics, and she's also wondering just where the mayor has gotten off to.

Sylvia Cooper: It’s not wise to live in a glass house and file for divorce

Mayor Hardie Davis wants privacy for his divorce proceedings, and a contact with Gold Cross is getting close.

Sylvia Cooper: Counting down the days …

Counting down the days ... while we all wonder where in the world is Hardie Davis?

Sylvia Cooper: COVID-19 is a nightmare, and so is news from Augusta

Augusta and COVID-19 nightmares intertwined to make for a long two weeks for columnist Sylvia Cooper.

Augusta Commissioners fail to set tax rate during special called meeting

Augusta Commissioners talk but don't act on tax rates during special called meeting Thursday.

Sylvia Cooper: Davis shares recent work on gun violence with commission

Countdown to the end of Hardie Davis Jr.'s term as mayor is beginning.

Sylvia Cooper: Sias trial shows if you strut like a peacock, you can get plucked like one

Sylvia Cooper discusses the Sammie Sias trial in her weekly opinion column.

Sylvia Cooper: Commissioners travel to Colorado for continuing education

Commissioners have traveled to Denver for continuing education and more . . .

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