My name is Johnathan McGinty, and I’m the latest “new blogger” in this rollout of Peach Pundit contributors.
Given that I’ll be doing some writing in these parts, I suppose it’s appropriate to tell you a little about me, so here we go …
I started out in journalism on the sports side of things, working as the high school sports editor at the Athens Banner-Herald (if you’re curious, the best athletes I covered were Commerce’s Monte Williams and Oconee County’s Tony Taylor) before moving to be assistant news editor for a few years. I spent a couple of years working in public relations at the University of Georgia before deciding to start a consulting business for non-profits at the onset of the worst economic downturn in generations.
As of late, I’ve been working as a freelance writer and public relations professional because, you know, you gotta pay the bills.
I live in Oconee County with my wife and daughter. I’m a Baptist – CBF, not SBC – and a proponent of Sunday Sales. I’m a fan of Georgia, all Boston pro teams and Waylon Jennings.
Blogging-wise, I got started back in 2004 when I launched Safe As Houses without even knowing what a blog was. A few buddies had started one, so I did the same and used it to complain about Georgia football, TV and other random things. At some point, my journalistic roots kicked in, and I started paying attention to the local political scene in Athens. In 2009, I served as a co-editor for Tondee’s Tavern for a brief period of time before starting up Beyond The Trestle. Since 2009, BTT has provided coverage and commentary of local politics, culture and sports in Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties, and we’ve been in a content-sharing partnership with Flagpole for the past few months.
Politically, I’m center-of-left (yay for the sacrificial liberal!), but it’s a little harder than that to pin me down. Slash the corporate income tax? Sign me up. Privatize Social Security? I’m not crazy about the idea, but we should at least talk about it. A federal carbon tax? We should probably do that. Spending cuts and tax increases? Let’s put it on the table. More money for alternative transportation and rail in Georgia? Yes, please.
I value pragmatism over ideology and discussion over pointless shouting.
I’m looking forward to getting started over here, and I’m grateful for the opportunity. So let’s give this whole thing a whirl, shall we?
(And feel free to follow me on Twitter too.)