Joy L. Woodson
Hometown: Atlanta, GA by way of Memphis, TN
Joy has more than a decade of professional experience in journalism, covering primarily county and city government and public education. She has worked at the Los Angeles Times, the Stamford Advocate, and The State newspaper.
She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and a master's degree in public administration from Georgia State University.
Joy also is the past editor for The Chronicle, a twice-a-year publication of the Children's Advocacy Centers of Georgia. In addition, Joy currently serves as chairwoman of the community relations committee at the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, and is a board member at VOX Teen Communications.
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How would you describe your political beliefs? Open-minded.
Are you registered with a certain party? Democrat, but I have been known to vote in any direction.
How religious would you consider yourself? I grew up Baptist, and me and God are still friends.
Local Hot-Button Issues
What do you think are the most important issues facing the community?
In Lilburn, the biggest issues center on economic development.
Where do you stand on each of these issues?
I don't really have an opinion about it.