Award-winning journalist Sandy Hodson has joined The Augusta Press as its courts reporter.
Hodson, a native of Indiana, comes to The Augusta Press from The Augusta Chronicle, where she has covered courts and public affairs since 1995. She has also done investigative reporting and holds a certificate in investigative reporting from the Investigative Reporters and Editors organization. Before joining the Chronicle, Hodson spent six years at the Jackson, Tenn. Sun.
“We are so pleased to welcome Sandy to our staff,” said Augusta Press Publisher Joe Edge. “With her background in reporting on legal affairs and in investigative reporting, she will be a valuable addition as we continue to build our staff of experienced reporters who have covered Augusta and the local area for a long time.”
The Georgia Press Association named Hodson winner of its prestigious Freedom of Information Award in 2015, and she has won press association awards for investigative reporting, non-deadline reporting, hard news reporting, public service and specialty reporting.
In 2000, Hodson won the Georgia Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, and in 2001, she received Honorable Mention for the same award.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to work at The Augusta Press where local news is the focus and the online format makes the operation nimble and quick,” Hodson said.
Hodson holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. She is a fellow of the National Press Foundation and a graduate of the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting boot camp.