A news story written by a reporter for The Red and Black may have been influenced by her connections to the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce. Sources within the Chamber of Commerce and the Athens Clarke-County government confirm that the reporter, Cristen Conger, is the daughter of the Chamber’s communications director, Dan Conger.
Ms. Conger’s story, published in Thursday’s edition of The Red and Black, covered the proposed redistricting of state senate districts in Athens Clarke-County. The proposed redistricting measure was introduced in the Georgia General Assembly by State Senator Ralph Hudgens (R-Comer). Hudgens has said publicly that he introduced the legislation based in part on requests from the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce.
Representatives from The Red and Black and the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as Ms. Conger herself, did not respond to requests seeking comment.
Related: The Red and Black: “Sen. wants to redraw lines,” 01/26/06