Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 102 Dick PettysReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 102 Dick Pettys

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 102 Dick Pettys

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 102 Dick Pettys
Creator Pettys, Richard, 1946-
Dates 2010 February 1
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractRichard Pettys attended the University of Georgia, where he worked on the student newspaper the Red and Black. In 1965 he began working for three newspapers in Gwinnett County that would soon become the Gwinnett Daily News. In 1969 he joined the Associated Press, and the next year was named capitol correspondent for Georgia. Considered the “Dean” of the Capitol Press Corps, he covered every governor from Lester Maddox to Sonny Perdue, and 40 legislative sessions. Pettys retired from the Associated Press in 2005 and went to work for Insider Advantage Georgia, an online political and business newsletter. Pettys discusses his entrance into journalism, his experience with many politicians at the capitol, and his life after journalism.

Administrative Information

Custodial History note

Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.

Preferred citation

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 102, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Biographical Note

Richard Pettys was born on November 25, 1946, in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia, where he worked on the student newspaper, the Red and Black. In 1965 he began working for three newspapers in Gwinnett County that would soon become the Gwinnett Daily News. In 1969 he joined the Associated Press, and the next year was named capitol correspondent for Georgia. Considered the “Dean” of the Capitol Press Corps, he covered every governor from Lester Maddox to Sonny Perdue, and 40 legislative sessions. Pettys retired from the Associated Press in 2005 and went to work for Insider Advantage Georgia, an online political and business newsletter.


Scope and Content

Dick Pettys discusses his childhood in Atlanta and his aspiration to be a writer. He explains that this led him to attend the University of Georgia to study journalism and participate in the Red and Black student newspaper.

Pettys recalls his reaction to the journalists working at the capitol when he arrived in 1970. He discusses meeting Zell Miller, who was serving as chief of staff for Governor Maddox. Pettys explains the importance of trust in the field of journalism. Pettys comments on the climate of journalism before and after the Watergate Scandal.

Pettys discusses the emotional impact he felt regarding former Speaker Tom Murphy's death, his own friendship with Governor Maddox, and his perception of Jimmy Carter's administration. Pettys discusses George Busbee's race against Governor Maddox and Joe Frank Harris's time as Governor.

Pettys comments on the difference between a wire service reporter and a local paper reporter and discusses the impact of talk radio, internet, and 24-hour news stations on newspaper journalism. Pettys comments on Governor Zell Miller's decision to run for reelection after promising to only stay in office for one term. He discusses his continuing work for Insider Advantage alongside Matt Towery, Chuck Clay, and Pierre Howard.


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Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Access Points

Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Georgia State Capitol (Atlanta, Ga.)
Georgia. Governor (1967-1971 : Maddox)
Georgia. Governor (1971-1975 : Carter)
Harris, Joe Frank, 1936-
Journalism--United States--Georgia.
Journalism.
Maddox, Lester G., 1915-2003.
Miller, Zell Bryan, 1932-
Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007
Newspapers
Oral histories.
Watergate Affair, 1972-1974.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
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