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John Simmons is an experienced, award winning journalist who has written more than 30,000 news stories for television stations and newspapers, written and produced more than 250 documentaries and magazine-style stories, and has produced and supervised more than 4500 live newscasts and public affairs programs.  He is an experienced still and video photographer and graphic designer.

He worked for The Jones County News, WMGT-TV, WITN-TV, WJKS-TV, WGHP-TV, WAWS-TV, WMAZ-TV, WSPA-TV and WTEV-TV as a photographer, reporter, writer and producer.  As a newsroom manager, he was responsible for copy editing and approving scripts, graphics, video and supervising all phases of stories before they were publisher or aired.

His career also included stints at Vision Productions, Inc. and Video Law Services, Inc.

Awards include:

Associated Press Best Newscast Award 1985

Series “The Quality Basic Education Act,” Georgia Association of Educators School Bell Award 1987

Associated Press Best Newscast Award 1991

Associated Press Best Continuing Coverage Award 1991 (Gulf War Coverage)

Gavin Conwell Documentary, Summit Award 2001

Hayley Hawkinberry Documentary, Communicator Award 2001

Anika Sulzburg Documentary, Communicator Award 2001

Axiem Award for Excellence in Electronic Media 2001

David Hoffman Documentary, The DV Award 2002

Estate of Jim Warmowski Documentary, Communicator Award 2002

Maurice Duncan Documentary, The DV Award 2002, Communicator Award 2002

Dr. Alvin Gross Documentary, The DV Award 2002, Communicator Award 2002

Skye McQueen Documentary, The DV Award 2002, Communicator Award 2002

Johanna Shirley Documentary, The DV Award 2003, Summit Award 2003

Michael Walters Documentary, The DV Award 2003, Summit Award 2003

Krista Miller Documentary, The DV Award 2006

Hope Patterson Documentary, The DV Award 2007

Our Students Are More Than A Test, Telly Award 2014