The small town of Ellijay, Georgia, with a population of just 1,800, is surrounded by the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Alison Gerber is editor of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
She joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 2003 and has served as assistant metro editor, metro editor and managing editor. She has been editor of the newspaper since 2011.
Prior to joining the Times Free Press, Gerber was a reporter in Florida. She covered city hall, crime and education at the Naples Daily News and the Fort Myers News-Press.
She is married with a 17-year-old daughter. When Gerber is not in the newsroom, she spends her time cooking, gardening and hiking with her dogs.
Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org, @aligerb or 423-757-6408.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press was recognized for its work by the Society of Professional Journalists in its 2022 Green Eyeshade Awards.
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