Laura Douglas Brown
Editor and co-founderLaura Douglas-Brown be-gan her journalism careerat Southern Voice coveringthe 1997 bombing of theOtherside Lounge, a Mid-town gay bar, and has chronicled our community’strials and triumphs for the last 15 years. An award-winning writer and editor, she believes passionate-ly in the power of community journalism to educateand empower readers to ght for LGBT civil rights.
Publisher and co-founderChris Cash founded South-ern Voice, Atlanta’s formerLGBT newspaper, in 1988 andserved at various times aspublisher and editor before selling the paper in 1997.During her tenure Southern Voice grew to a prot-able business with revenue in excess of $1,200,000.Cash has experience and knowledge in all aspects ofthe alternative newspaper publishing business.
Associate publisherTim Boyd, associate publish-er, is also a founding mem-ber of the GA Voice manage-ment. He worked as a salesexecutive for SouthernVoice in the early 1990s be-fore purchasing his Virginia-Highland store, Metropolitan Deluxe, which he grewto a chain of 11 stores throughout the Southeast.
Ryan Watkins began his ca-reer in publishing as a writ-er with news outlets, maga-zines and content-drivenwebsites, then changed hisfocus to digital content management. He is respon-sible for GA Voice’s website maintenance, contentuploads, social media and all things web-related.
In 2001 Marshall Grahambecame the top produc-ing sales representativefor Gay Community YellowPages, exceeding all previ-ous records for the next ve years. With a back-ground in sales and a focus on networking, shecontinues to lay the groundwork for GA Voice inthe Atlanta LGBT business community.
Dyana Bagby began hernewspaper career inCookeville, Tenn., and alsoworked at the GwinnettDaily Post before joiningSouthern Voice in 2004. Honored for her writingand social media skills, she can also be seen behindher camera documenting events in LGBT Atlanta.
Bo Shell started as a writerat Southern Voice beforeserving as art director fornewsprint and glossy pub-lications. He designs all GAVoice editorial and advertising, and is available forother projects through our Creative Services division.
The Georgia Voice, LLC, is managedby its co-founders, Christina Cash andLaura Douglas-Brown, bringing al-most 25 years combined experienceto lead both the editorial division andbusiness division of the company.
GA VOICEAWARDS & HONORS
NATIONAL NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION
2011 Better Newspaper Contest
• First place, Best Humorous Column, Daily & Non-dailyDivision, circulation 3,000-7,999: Topher Payne.• Second place, Best Newspaper Web Site, Daily & Non-daily Division: Ryan Watkins (web design) and Bo Shell(graphic design)• Second place, Best Sports Feature Story or Series,Non-daily Division: Dyana Bagby.• Third place, Best Original Editorial Cartoon, Daily &Non-daily Division: Mike Ritter
2010 Better Newspaper Contest
• Second place, Best Newspaper Web Site, Non-daily Division• Second place, Best Investigative or In-Depth Story or Series,Non-daily Division, circulation 6,000 - 9,999: Dyana Bagby
2012 GLAAD ATLANTA LEADERSHIP AWARDS
• Laura Douglas-Brown
2012 EMORY UNIVERSITY LGBT“CHANGE AGENT” AWARDS
• Laura Douglas-Brown
ATLANTA PRESS CLUB 2010AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
• Second place, Opinion Writing: Laura Douglas-Brown• Second place, Small Print Circulation / News: Dyana Bagby
TOP 10 ATLANTA JOURNALISTS ON TWITTER
• Dyana Bagby (@DyanaBagby)
ATLANTA GAY & LESBIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
• 2011 Best Businessman, nominee:Associate Publisher Tim Boyd• 2011 Best Businesswoman, nominee:Editor Laura Douglas-Brown• 2010 Best Businesswoman, nominee:Editor Laura Douglas-Brown
ATLANTA PRIDE 2010
• Community Grand Marshal, Laura Douglas-Brown
FENUXE 50: 50 LEADERS IN LGBT ATLANTA
• 2012 & 2010 honoree: Laura Douglas-Brown