Beau Evans

Investigative Journalist , Georgia

Beau Evans’ roots run deep in Georgia. His grandfather, Warren, served as Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner from 1985 to 1991 and as a member of the state House of Representatives from 1975 to 1985, representing McDuffie County near Augusta. An Atlanta native, Beau worked as a journalist in New Orleans and California’s Bay Area before returning home to Georgia in the summer of 2019 to cover state government. Since then, he’s reported on two legislative sessions, the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 election cycle, including the U.S. Senate runoffs. From flooding and crime in New Orleans, to schools and climate change on California’s shores, to the halls of the State Capitol in Atlanta, there are few subjects Beau has not covered in his passion to understand the issues and interests that matter most for the communities he serves.

Illustration by Brittney Phan (State Affairs)
Illustration by Brittney Phan (State Affairs)

The Great Resignation in Georgia’s State Government

February 09, 2022
4 min read
Georgia’s state government notched its highest-ever annual staff turnover rate at 23% from mid-2020 to mid-2021, according to state data – higher than many other state governments such as Louisiana, Alabama and Arizona.

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Credit: Office of Gov. Brian Kemp
Credit: Office of Gov. Brian Kemp

Meet Chris Carr: Georgia's Attorney General Eyeing Reelection

February 16, 2022
5 min read
From his youth in a staunchly Republican family, to serving as the late U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s chief of staff, to becoming one of Georgia’s top elected officials, Carr has had no shortage of political influences in his life.

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Illustration by Brittney Phan (State Affairs)
Illustration by Brittney Phan (State Affairs)

Do Georgia's Low-Income Students Need More State School Funding?

February 24, 2022
4 min read
Taxpayers spend billions of dollars each year on Georgia’s public k-12 schools, but none of the state’s education dollars goes specifically to kids from low-income families who often struggle in class, State Affairs has found.

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Credit: Georgia Department of Education
Credit: Georgia Department of Education

The Challenges of Changing Georgia's Public School Funding System

February 24, 2022
3 min read
Paying for Georgia’s roughly 2,300 public k-12 and charter schools ranks among the state’s most important taxpayer costs. At $12 billion this year, state spending on schools dwarfs other crucial expenses like Medicaid, law enforcement and mental-health service.

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Illustration by Brittney Phan (State Affairs)
Illustration by Brittney Phan (State Affairs)

Does Georgia Spend Too Much on School Administrators Instead of Teachers?

March 10, 2022
4 min read
Costs to pay public-school administrators in Georgia more than doubled over the past two decades, rising faster than the state’s annual spending on teachers and classroom supplies, State Affairs has found. Spending on school administrators swelled by 106% during that time, eclipsing the 88% increase in spending for teachers.

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Illustration by Brittney Phan (State Affairs)
Illustration by Brittney Phan (State Affairs)

Georgia has a Prison Problem, but State Efforts to Fix it in Limbo

March 24, 2022
4 min read
Georgia lawmakers likely won’t act this year to keep better watch over the state’s $1.4-billion prison system amid a federal investigation into unsafe and unsanitary prison conditions.

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Credit: Jeff Breedlove
Credit: Jeff Breedlove

What’s Next for Mental Health in Georgia After Key Bill’s Passage?

March 30, 2022
4 min read
State lawmakers moved not only to expand mental-health care coverage for hundreds of thousands of Georgians who struggle with accessing it, but also to keep people with severe conditions from winding up in jail or the emergency room instead of local treatment centers.

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Illustration by Brittney Phan (State Affairs)
Illustration by Brittney Phan (State Affairs)

With Less Staff to Renew Driver’s Licenses, Georgia Pivots to Machines

April 06, 2022
3 min read
More Georgians are getting their driver’s licenses without having to wait in frustrating lines or even interact with another human. A big reason why is the huge number of workers who quit the state Department of Driver Services (DDS) during the COVID-19 pandemic, pushing the DDS to bring in machines.

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Illustration by Brittney Phan (State Affairs)
Illustration by Brittney Phan (State Affairs)

Georgia Won’t Gamble this Year on Sports Betting, Casinos

April 13, 2022
3 min read
Once again, Georgia lawmakers won’t roll the dice this year on legalizing more kinds of gambling like sports betting and casinos, leaving potentially hundreds of millions of dollars on the table for preschools, college scholarships and low-income students.

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Credit: Georgia House of Representatives
Credit: Georgia House of Representatives

Georgia Sex Predator Ankle Monitor Removals Near 670 as Legislation Stalls

April 21, 2022
4 min read
Quietly over the last two-and-a-half years, Georgia has released hundreds of the state’s most dangerous sex predators from their ankle monitors despite court officials giving state lawmakers a roadmap in 2019 for how to fix the issue.

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Illustration by Brittney Phan (State Affairs)
Illustration by Brittney Phan (State Affairs)

Medical Marijuana in Limbo for Thousands of Severely Ill Georgians

May 04, 2022
4 min read
Georgia’s medical cannabis program has stalled amid a licensing snafu for growers and the state legislature’s failure to resolve delays.

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Credit: Beau Evans (State Affairs)
Credit: Beau Evans (State Affairs)

Georgia 2022 Elections off to Record-Setting Pace with Early Primary Voting

May 11, 2022
3 min read
Early voting is off to a hot start in Georgia for the 2022 election cycle, tallying more than 254,000 votes about halfway into the three-week voting period ahead of the May 24 primaries.

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Credit: Beau Evans (State Affairs)
Credit: Beau Evans (State Affairs)

Meet Spencer R. Moore, Georgia’s Driver Services Chief

May 12, 2022
4 min read
State Affairs sat down with Spencer R. Moore, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Driver Services, this week for a conversation about his career, accomplishments in office and what he hopes to achieve next.

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Photo Source: iStock
Photo Source: iStock

New Election, New Rules: What Georgia Voters Need to Know

May 17, 2022
4 min read
For most Georgians, this year marks their first encounter with sweeping changes state lawmakers made to election laws last year in response to public concerns over voter integrity in the 2020 presidential contest.

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Credit: America's Second Harvest of Coastal Geo...

Georgia Families on Food Stamps Set for Less Benefits as Program Ends

May 20, 2022
3 min read
Thousands of Georgia’s low-income families are set for a cut to their food stamps when a pandemic-era federal program ends later this month, heightening concerns that many children could go hungry once schools let out for summer break.

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Credit: Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon (State Affairs)
Credit: Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon (State Affairs)

Key Election Matchups Set in Georgia After Primary Day

May 25, 2022
2 min read
Georgia heads to the 2022 general election in November with key matchups set for governor, attorney general and U.S. Senate following the results of Tuesday’s primary contests.

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Credit: Dario Lopez-Mills/Associated Press
Credit: Dario Lopez-Mills/Associated Press

‘I Couldn’t Stop Crying’: Georgia Parents, Teachers Cope with Texas School Shooting

June 02, 2022
5 min read
Since 2014, Georgia has been struck by 137 mass shootings involving at least four victims that have left 530 people injured and 149 dead. Now, thousands of families in Georgia — not unlike those across the country — are enduring yet another mass shooting in the U.S.

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Credi: Canva

‘Gas Is Ridiculous’: Georgians Weather Inflation with Few State Solutions

June 17, 2022
6 min read
From Atlanta to Savannah, inflation is pummeling people in Georgia. Costs have doubled recently to buy groceries or fill up the gas tank, leaving many Georgians asking what their elected leaders can do to help ease the financial pain.

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Joy Spears Walstrum via Canva

Costs Could Climb for Georgia Women Seeking Abortions as Court Scraps Roe v. Wade

June 30, 2022
2 min read
Georgia women seeking abortions out of state could face stiff fees for procedures in North Carolina and Florida amid rising costs for abortion pills and surgeries in recent years.

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Credit: Beau Evans (State Affairs)
Credit: Beau Evans (State Affairs)

‘In God’s Hands’: Georgia Renters Outside Atlanta, Savannah Wait Months for Help

July 01, 2022
9 min read
Thousands of Georgians have tried and failed to benefit from a pandemic-era relief program with nearly $800 million in federal funds available to help low-income residents pay rent.

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