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Forsyth County News names new publisher
Stephanie Woody moves from Dawson County News
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Stephanie Woody, Publisher, Forsyth County News - photo by Jim Dean

Charles Hill Morris Jr. of Swartz-Morris Media, the parent company of the Forsyth County News, announced Thursday a change in management as Stephanie Woody is the new publisher of the paper in Cumming, effective immediately.

Woody, a Forsyth County native and North Forsyth High School graduate, was most recently the publisher at the Dawson County News, sister-paper of the FCN and also owned by Swartz-Morris. She replaces Vince Johnson, who resigned from his role as publisher to accept another job opportunity in local media in the Southeast.

“I am very excited to take on this role in my hometown,” Woody said. “I truly believe there is no better place to live than Forsyth County. I look forward to the opportunity to get involved in this community, as well as getting to know our readers.

“The staff of the Forsyth County News has accomplished some great things, and I am very excited to become a part of it.”

Woody began her career with Swartz-Morris 15 years ago. She was a legal clerk with what was then called the Dawson Community News and has since worked her way up the ranks of the company’s Dawson County coverage before being named publisher of the Dawson County News.

Stephanie has done an amazing job leading the team in Dawson, and we look forward to seeing great things from her and the outstanding staff at the Forsyth County News.
Charles Hill Morris Jr., Swartz-Morris Media

She and her husband, Robbie Woody, a Forsyth County native whose family dates several generations in the county, have three children, Braxton, 11, Kenadie, 10, and Asher, 3.

On his leaving FCN, Johnson said, “I can’t thank the staff of the Forsyth County News, the people of Forsyth County and our loyal readers enough for the last three-and-a-half years. It’s a world-class community, and, together, we’ve built one of the premier local media organizations in the country.”

Woody and her family are active members at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Forsyth County.

To contact Woody, email her at or call (770) 887-3126.