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He was one of the original developers of ajc.com in 1998. Under his direction, the AJC web portfolio grew from three employees to an organization that included more than 75 FTE's and generated annual revenues in excess of $25 million. Prior to focusing full-time on the web, he served as assistant managing editor in charge of the daily Atlanta Constitution and also headed the Innovation Group, a cross-functional skunkworks for new product development. He served previously with the newspaper as a reporter, special projects editor and assistant managing editor for local news. Projects he edited and/or directed garnered a number of awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting (bank redlining in Atlanta -- 1988) and the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting (bacterial resistance to antibiotics --1993).
He currently works from St. Simons Island, Georgia as a consultant in the digital strategy and web development arena, and as a freelance writer and editor.
He also currently serves as a board member for the non-profit National Freedom of Information Coalition, and he is president and founder of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation.
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By Hyde Post:
Ben Smith said it best, so I’ll just borrow his line. “Ron was probably the worst hiker I ever knew, but I would never want to go on a camping trip without him.”
I knew Ron forever as a colleague at the AJC, and was privileged to work with him, learn from him and to be his editor for some of the amazing early reporting he did on the AIDS epidemic. But my best memories are about camping with him — in North Georgia on John and Diane Turner’s farm, on the Appalachian Trail, on Cumberland Island too many times to count, and in the Okefenokee Swamp.