Buzz Keeps Buzzing With New Publisher

March 7, 2018|

By Neil Gordon

As I enter year 55 of life, I often forget more than I remember!

Somewhere around the turn of the 21st Century, just after the Y2K scares faded, I got a visit to my office at NBC 26 from the well-respected Dennis Sodomka, Executive Editor The Augusta Chronicle. He explained that The Chronicle wanted to look at “strategic alliances” and “journalistic synergies” with local TV stations. Our anchorman would contribute a weekly column in the newspaper and The Chronicle would send over a reporter to de-brief big stories of the week.

Sodomka sent a new reporter, Ashlee Griggs, to speak with our 6 p.m. anchor team on live television. She had “it,” the undefined TV news terminology for someone who “popped on the air” or had spark.

Morris Communications saw that spark, too, and after several years in their newsroom, she transitioned into other roles, including Marketing Director of Chronicle Media, and is currently publisher of Augusta Magazine, Augusta Family, Aiken Homes & Lifestyles and Athens Magazine, plus produces several chamber of commerce publications.

Unofficially, Ashlee Griggs Duren has been the publisher of Buzz on Biz since the November issue. Our masthead below lists all the existing and new folks who help put this together. The two full-time Buzz employees work out of Ashlee’s office in downtown Augusta where she also oversees the “fun stuff” like revenue, expenses and other administrative functions that are not in my wheelhouse – along ensuring the final product you are reading stays excellent.

Speaking of synergy, Ashlee has very capable ad-building and design professionals who have stepped in and continued our high standards.

Her sales manager, Lisa Dorn, is someone I worked with about 25 years ago when she was an expert guest on the News 12 Midday show I co-hosted.

All facets of the Buzz publication are in good hands – and now I get to focus on managing the editorial functions of our brand, like the News 12 business minute, the print and online editions and our newest addition, the daily Buzz e-newsletter. If you are not one of our nearly 8,000 newsletter subscribers, please sign up by visiting

I’ll also continue to help out on the sales side plus manage the brokered sales and creative arm of the Buzz brand. Some of the advertisers featured in this edition entrust us to place their ads in other media as part of their overall marketing campaign. The best part for me is that I can manage all of this virtually, while awaiting plans to travel to assist in other Morris Markets, like with my recent visits to Anchorage, Alaska.

I’m happy to work with you editorially or sales-wise in any way I can! Please reach me at my email below.

Neil Gordon founded Buzz on Biz in 2005 and his company was acquired by Morris Communications in 2016. The daily business minute runs weekdays at 6:25 a.m. on News 12/NBC 26. He is the Managing Editor of Buzz on Biz and can be reached at

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