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.
Column: Sylvia Cooper begins retirement. Again
Sylvia Cooper's fourth retirement began with a busy week.
Column: Ambulance service contract still unsettled
All the promises about transparency concerning a contract between the city and its new ambulance provider Central EMS seem to have turned into a bucket of mud.
Column: What’s changed since the last Masters
Plenty has changed in Augusta since the last Masters, and plenty has stayed the same.
Column: Central EMS is crunching numbers to see what is needed to make 10 percent profit
Ambulance discussions continue, and calls for a forensic audit of Richmond County government have been renewed.
Column: It’s déjà vu all over again for Augusta ambulance service discussion
The more things change, the more the stay the same with ambulance service for Augusta.
Column: Ambulance service negotiations continue
Richmond County commissioners continue to try to get a price out of the new ambulance service, but representatives say the want data first.
Column: Richmond County Commission digs into Boathouse lease
There's no time in Augusta for writing about dogs, not when there's so much politicking going on, according to columnist Sylvia Cooper.
Column: Bill giving Augusta mayor a vote will likely fail
Columnist Sylvia Cooper predicts the bill to give the Augusta mayor a vote will not make it through the legislature.
Column: Ambulance service bids take twists and turns
Commissioners continue to deal with ambulance service and a questionable bidding process that opened the door to a newcomer.
Column: Augusta’s emergency services contract is no laughing matter
Augusta's ambulance service woes continue. Still.