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: Candidates make their cases at the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce forums

Sylvia Cooper recaps the recent Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce candidate forums.

Sylvia Cooper: Long-shot candidate not likely to win Augusta mayor’s race

Augusta's mayor's race isn't likely to be won by a long-shot candidate. Sylvia Cooper explains why.

Augusta Commission asks committee to look at Gold Cross contract

The Augusta Commission has asked a committee to look into a contract with Gold Cross EMS.

Column: Augusta Commission deals with scuffles, red herrings and a golden goose

The Augusta/Richmond County Commission had quite between alleged red herrings introduced at the meeting, how to deal with a golden goose and a scuffle after its Tuesday meeting.

Commissioners to move to more formal arrangement with Gold Cross

City staff have a week to write a formal contract with Gold Cross Ambulance after commissioners voted to replace the existing memo of understanding with a more formal document.

Sylvia Cooper Column: Augusta Commission pontifications target sheriff’s office request

The Augusta Commissioners pontificated at their meeting last night about the sheriff's department request for money for new surveillance cameras.

Column: Do something – anything to find out what’s going on with Augusta’s finances

Sylvia Cooper finds her ringside seat with Augusta government to be depressing these days.

Column: Upcoming city elections warrant more attention

The upcoming city elections need more attention so citizens will know who to vote for.

Politics plays second fiddle to golf during Masters week

The Master's golf tournament produces a slow news week in local politics but also memories from previous tournaments.

Column: Money, mayoral candidates and trees are week’s hot topics

This past week's big stories have touched on money, candidates for mayor and downtown trees. Read Sylvia Cooper's commentary on these and other topics.

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