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Staff directory

Stephanie Woody


Stephanie Woody, a Forsyth County native and a graduate of North Forsyth High School,  has been with Swartz-Morris Media for over 15 years. Woody has experience in all facets of the operation of a local newspaper.

She is also publisher of the Forsyth County News. 

 Woody and her husband Robbie, also a Forsyth County native, have three children. 

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Joshua Demarest

706-265-3384 ext. 1

Joshua Demarest took up the role of editor at the Dawson County News in April 2019. Originally from South Carolina, he moved to Dawsonville in May 2018 with his wife and three cats. His background is in politics, economic development, and publishing. He is thrilled to get to work with the amazing Dawson community.


Jessica Taylor

Education and features reporter
706-265-3384 ext. 2

Jessica Taylor began working at the Dawson County News in November 2017. She graduated from the University of North Georgia magna cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts in History in May 2017.

From 2008-2017 Jessica worked as the staff photographer and columnist for the Barrow News-Journal. She has won over 30 photography awards from the Georgia Press Association and received First Place Sports Photograph from the National Newspaper Association in 2012.

She was the editor-in-chief of her school paper, The Paw Print, her freshman, junior and senior year at Winder-Barrow High School.

She moved to Dawsonville in December 2017 and has been married to her husband, Philip, since November 2018.


Bob Christian

Sports reporter
706-265-3384 ext. 5