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Griffin Callaghan

One year ago, Griffin Callaghan was a summer intern at the Marietta Daily Journal, scrambling to put together the annual football preview magazine.

Now, he joins the Cherokee Tribune and Ledger-News as sports editor. Callaghan, a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in communications and a sports media certification, finds himself back with the very same network that helped mold him into the writer and editor taking over in Cherokee County.

“Working as an intern with the MDJ taught me all about the Cherokee and Cobb county sports scene.” Callaghan said. “I spoke with head coaches, players and athletic directors in the pursuit to be the most informed sports writer in the area. That is what I plan to bring to Cherokee now.”

Callaghan spent the last three years improving his craft at the Carmical Sports Media Institute at Georgia, covering sports for the Red & Black, the independent student-run newspaper in Athens. He worked with many different sports teams, ranging from cross country to the Bulldogs’ nationally ranked football team.

During that time, Callaghan worked on stories that introduced him to some of the most interesting people he ever met, including Sam Chelanga, a marathon runner who enlisted in the military before eventually returning to run in the Atlanta Olympic marathon trials in 2020.

One of Callaghan’s favorite stories on the Georgia football beat was an extensive feature on the Bulldogs’ leading receiver in 2020, Kearis Jackson. Jackson fought through numerous injuries at Peach County High School, even finding another sport he excelled at during his recovery.

“I find myself in a position now at the Cherokee Tribune and Ledger, where I can be the source of sports news in the county, and create the types of stories that made me fall in love with sports,” Callaghan said. “I look forward to beginning my work in this great community.”

Callaghan can be reached by email at

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