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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. 


Brenda Bohn

General Manager
706-265-3384 ext. 3
Alex Mathison

Alex Mathison

Advertising Account Executive
706-265-3384 ext. 4

Allie Dean

706-265-3384 ext. 1

Allie Dean began working at the Dawson County News in August of 2016 after graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in public affairs journalism.

As editor she has oversight of all content of the Dawson County News, its various special sections, social media and the website. She also covers local government, crime and general assignment beats.

Allie wrote for The Red & Black, an independent student newspaper at UGA, prior to graduation.

Dawsonville is her hometown.


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