J.D. Sumner, government reporter

J.D. Sumner, government reporter

Hired as a part-time photographer right out of high school by his hometown newspaper, The Tifton Gazette, Sumner has more than seven years of news experience.

While employed with the Gazette, Sumner also wrote and shot for The Stallion, the student-run newspaper at Abraham Baldwin College where he later became editor. Under his leadership, the Stallion was named the best two-year college newspaper in the state and received awards for news coverage, layout and design, and photojournalism from the Georgia College Press Association.

While at ABAC, Sumner also served on the board of the Georgia College Press Association.

Sumner has an Associates Degree from ABAC in Journalism with a Bachelors Degree in English from Valdosta State. Sumner also studied media law at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

He has been the recipient of several Associated Press Awards for his news coverage including an award for best photo portfolio and best news story.

He has been a featured guest on the Fox News' show, the O'Reilly Factor, and has been published throughout the state and the Southeastern United States and globally through the Internet.

Sumner came to the Herald in December 2005 as the cops and public safety reporter. In January 2009 he began covering the local government beat.