The Macon Newsroom

Liz Fabian
Veteran multimedia journalist Liz Jarvis Fabian has been on the frontlines of the headlines in Middle Georgia for more than 35 years. The former hurricane chaser and news anchor for The Weather Channel won numerous awards for spot news and writing both hard news and feature stories. In 2017, she was chosen by the Associated Press as Georgia’s Best Beat Reporter from among the state’s leading newspapers for her extensive live coverage of Hurricane Irma. Fabian has worked at all of Macon’s television stations in a variety of roles including news anchor, managing editor, reporter, weathercaster, producer, videographer and editor.

A native of New York’s Long Island, Fabian moved south with her family to Milledgeville, Ga., while she was in high school. She began studying journalism at Georgia College where she received a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in speech and drama.  She wrote for the campus newspaper, the Colonnade, and served as morning news director for the WXGC radio station.  Although she began working in television before graduation, her radio skills would later come in handy anchoring nightly newscasts for WSB radio in Atlanta and for the Mix in the Morning and NewsTalkCentral morning shows in Macon.

While at WMAZ-TV, she earned numerous accolades for her live reporting during the Great Flood of ’94 and was recruited to provide satellite coverage of the aftermath of the Centennial Olympic Park Bombing for the Gannett (Tegna) broadcasting network. Before joining the Center for Collaborative Journalism, she served as The Telegraph’s premiere multimedia journalist and its first social media interactivity editor.  Her on-scene reporting of the Pactiv packaging plant fire and videos from the 2008 Mother’s Day tornado outbreak helped earn President’s Awards from the McClatchy corporation.  Liz considers her greatest honor to be nicknamed by her broadcast colleagues as “The most trusted journalist in all of Middle Georgia.”

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

Jan 15, 2021
Cost of COVID: New loans could save Macon businesses (Story)
Jan 15, 2021
Robert Reichert in retrospect and his vision for Macon-Bibb beyond 2020 (Story)
Jan 05, 2021
Retired fire chief honored by Kiwanians as interim successor named (Story/Media)
Jan 03, 2021
21 things to look for in 2021 – Part 3 (Story/Media)
Dec 27, 2020
21 things to look for in 2021 – Part 2 (Story/Media)
Dec 20, 2020
21 things to look for in 2021 – Part 1 (Story/Media)
Dec 18, 2020
Macon stars in Mike Rowe’s new TV series (Story)
Dec 11, 2020
New AirBnB and lofts in downtown Macon; Concerns over Vineville laundry (Story/Media)
Dec 07, 2020
Storied Macon welcome sign resurrected for Second Street Corridor (Story)
Dec 03, 2020
Portion of Jeffersonville Road to be named for Sen. David Lucas (Story/Media)
Dec 02, 2020
Absentee ballots not automatic in Ga. U.S. Senate runoff (Story)
Dec 01, 2020
Roxy Theatre’s history brings new life to a Macon Black business district (Story/Media)
Nov 24, 2020
Cost of COVID: Rescue dogs fly from Macon to new homes in pandemic adoption boom (Story)
Nov 20, 2020
Need a job or workers? Macon Chamber offers technology to help (Story/Media)
Nov 17, 2020
Downtown Macon low income housing complex earns crucial tax credits (Story)
Nov 13, 2020
New Bloomfield library opens after COVID-19 delay (Story/Media)
Nov 09, 2020
Former Macon mayors C. Jack Ellis, David Carter up for naming honors (Story/Media)
Nov 06, 2020
Pedestrian bridge connector coming soon to Macon’s Ocmulgee Heritage trail (Story/Media)
Nov 05, 2020
Cost of COVID: Mayor vetoes $765K to boost internet technology for Bibb students (Story)
Nov 03, 2020
Christmas shopping season kicks off early in downtown Macon (Story/Media)
Oct 30, 2020
New ‘Barks n’ Brews’ dog park and bar opening downtown next year (Story/Media)
Oct 30, 2020
Elections board scrambles as truck rentals canceled for voting equipment (Story/Media)
Oct 28, 2020
Halloween volunteers needed to kill invaders at Amerson River Park (Story/Media)
Oct 26, 2020
It took 9 months, but new BBQ restaurant approved for northwest Macon (Story/Media)
Oct 23, 2020
Poll observers can’t speak to Macon-Bibb voters; COVID-19 contract for workers (Story/Media)
Oct 21, 2020
$557K grant to boost Macon-Bibb 2020 election outreach (Story)
Oct 16, 2020
Changes coming to downtown Macon parking meters (Story/Media)
Oct 15, 2020
P&Z OKs new homes in recession-stalled neighborhoods; Event center approved (Story/Media)
Oct 06, 2020
Restaurant, caterer moving into historic Beall’s Hill building (Story/Media)
Oct 02, 2020
New $14 million River Edge center a ‘game changer’ for recovery efforts (Story/Media)
Oct 02, 2020
You’ll be paying for a rainy day under Macon-Bibb’s new stormwater utility (Story/Media)
Sep 28, 2020
Barberitos opening downtown; Sonny’s BBQ tries again on Zebulon Road (Story/Media)
Sep 25, 2020
Cost of COVID: Macon hospitality industry recovery may take years (Story)
Sep 24, 2020
No Sunday voting prompts Bibb Democrats to remove elections representative (Story)
Sep 23, 2020
Keep Macon Bibb Beautiful’s new leader brings fresh start to board (Story/Media)
Sep 22, 2020
Cost of COVID: Hyatt Place hotel derailed as new Marriott saved by bond deal (Story)
Sep 18, 2020
No Sunday voting but Macon-Bibb expands early voting sites (Story/Media)
Sep 18, 2020
Cost of COVID: Pandemic alters this year’s Open Streets gatherings (Story/Media)
Sep 17, 2020
COVID-19 street vendor policy goes into effect in Macon-Bibb (Story/Media)
Sep 14, 2020
Culver’s restaurant coming to Macon. P&Z approves new open church and medical complex (Story/Media)
Sep 10, 2020
New north Macon eatery, Napier health hub, old Greyhound terminal change go to P&Z (Story/Media)
Sep 07, 2020
Know a talented teen resembling Emmett Till? The movies are calling (Story)
Sep 04, 2020
Auditor finds some Macon-Bibb retirees shorted in pension calculations (Story/Media)
Aug 21, 2020
Macon’s old Greyhound bus station could become liquor store (Story/Media)
Aug 20, 2020
Paid drive-in audience needed for daredevil TV show at Macon Coliseum (Story/Media)
Aug 19, 2020
Downtown alcohol law change; SPLOST funds save historic rec center, build south Macon park (Story/Media)
Aug 17, 2020
Macon-Bibb mask mandate sought as COVID-19 deaths double after last push (Story)
Aug 11, 2020
Property taxes increase for some as Macon-Bibb holds millage rate (Story/Media)
Aug 10, 2020
Rosa Parks Square gets boost in $23 million Macon-Bibb hotel bond deal (Story/Media)
Aug 07, 2020
New alcohol policy would allow outdoor drinking downtown every night (Story/Media)
Aug 03, 2020
Miller and Whitby face off in Macon-Bibb mayoral debate (Story)
Jul 31, 2020
 Should taxpayers get a break or give Macon-Bibb a $2.6 million tax windfall? (Story/Media)
Jul 29, 2020
Masks now required at Middle Georgia libraries to protect COVID-19 ‘wellness bubble’ (Story/Media)
Jul 28, 2020
New COVID-19 cases ‘completely different’ at Macon hospitals (Story/Media)
Jul 27, 2020
Pio Nono Kroger could become new food oasis; Sonny’s BBQ and Agape Nursery rejected (Story/Media)
Jul 24, 2020
Old Pio Nono Kroger storage units, Sonny’s BBQ on Zebulon back at P&Z (Story)
Jul 17, 2020
Mayor plans to remove Confederate monuments for downtown improvements (Story)
Jul 15, 2020
Keep Macon Bibb Beautiful seeks new CEO (Media)
Jul 13, 2020
P&Z approves new downtown hotel but defers Agape nursery move (Story/Media)
Jul 10, 2020
New downtown hotel, 2 convenience stores, Agape nursery move going before P&Z (Story/Media)
Jul 10, 2020
Macon-Bibb health board calls for mandatory masking to slow COVID-19 (Story/Media)
Jul 09, 2020
New signs will welcome, guide visitors in downtown Macon (Story/Media)
Jul 09, 2020
What is considered ‘exposure’ to COVID-19? Macon business owners advised how to handle infections (Story/Media)
Jul 07, 2020
Another new downtown hotel planned; Macon Rocks Climbing Gym project update (Story/Media)
Jul 06, 2020
COVID-19 concerns move Macon-Bibb meetings online again (Story)
Jul 01, 2020
Should ‘Colored Waiting Room’ be removed from Macon’s Terminal Station? Black leaders speak out (Story/Media)
Jun 30, 2020
Macon-Bibb elections will be fully funded, board members assured (Story/Media)
Jun 26, 2020
New glass lobby, restroom wings planned for Macon City Auditorium renovation (Story)
Jun 25, 2020
Kumho disputes union leader’s claims it was ‘reckless’ with COVID-19 (Story/Media)
Jun 24, 2020
‘We don’t have enough money,’ Macon-Bibb elections board says of budget reduction (Story)
Jun 22, 2020
New eatery on College Street; Pio Nono Kroger likely to be storage units; Sonny’s BBQ on hold (Story/Media)
Jun 19, 2020
Historic Macon railroad viaduct demolished but won’t be forgotten (Media)
Jun 18, 2020
Ruling in discrimination lawsuit of Whitby’s former assistant at Industrial Authority (Story/Media)
Jun 16, 2020
Report businesses for COVID-19 violations, urges Macon-Bibb Board of Health   (Story/Media)
Jun 15, 2020
Macon’s oldest church, historic school part of planned housing for seniors (Story/Media)
Jun 08, 2020
COVID-19 grace period ending for Macon Water Authority customers (Story/Media)
Jun 08, 2020
Your vote for mayor puts hundreds of other people in power (Story/Media)
Jun 05, 2020
Does it matter where your mayor lives? Macon-Bibb charter is unclear (Story/Media)
Jun 03, 2020
Navicent’s new COVID-19 testing machine makes ‘significant impact’ in fighting virus (Story)
Jun 01, 2020
New roundabouts for Mercer University Drive; GDOT proposes more (Story/Media)
May 29, 2020
Concerned about Macon-Bibb’s budget? Here’s how to get your voice heard (Story/Media)
May 29, 2020
Publix closing leaves large retail space to fill in north Macon (Story/Media)
May 22, 2020
 Will COVID-19 kill off or boost planned downtown Macon projects? (Story/Media)
May 20, 2020
Georgia budget cuts cause ‘grave concern’ for Macon-Bibb health board (Story/Media)
May 12, 2020
Sheep are eating their way through Macon-Bibb’s newest park (Media)
May 11, 2020
Census folks could come calling as Macon sees mixed response rates (Story/Media)
May 08, 2020
COVID-19: Coliseum releases test results as Macon hospitals resume procedures (Story/Media)
May 06, 2020
Tension rises in contentious debate over Macon-Bibb insurance broker (Story)
May 01, 2020
GA absentee ballots are different; Gov. Kemp’s COVID-19 order could limit poll workers (Story)
Apr 29, 2020
Hotel-motel tax shortfall hurts Macon-Bibb non-profit organizations (Story/Media)
Apr 24, 2020
COVID-19 task force encourages hospitals to resume elective surgery. Is Macon ready? (Story/Media)
Apr 22, 2020
Macon-Bibb leaders urge Gov. Kemp to let them decide when to reopen (Story/Media)
Apr 20, 2020
Macon-Bibb a potential ‘powder keg’ as COVID-19 peak likely weeks away (Story)
Apr 17, 2020
Have questions about this year’s Macon-Bibb elections? Here are some answers (Story)
Apr 16, 2020
Commuter jets parked due to COVID-19 help fund Macon-Bibb airport enhancements (Story/Media)
Apr 15, 2020
Commissioner worries about COVID-19 spread in factories, questions validity of Macon-Bibb’s virus numbers (Story/Media)
Apr 13, 2020
Need help for a small business? COVID-19 relief coaching available (Story/Media)
Apr 07, 2020
How to apply for COVID-19 business loans and federal benefits (Story/Media)
Apr 07, 2020
Garbage piling up, some collections on hold as Macon-Bibb stays home (Story/Media)
Apr 03, 2020
How Macon-Bibb County employees will keep working during stay at home order (Story/Media)
Apr 01, 2020
‘We’re ready,’ Navicent Health CEO says as staff braces for surge of COVID-19 (Story/Media)
Mar 27, 2020
Wesleyan Chinese students harassed over COVID-19 receive outpouring of support (Story/Media)
Mar 27, 2020
Bibb Board of Elections hears candidate challenge, pushes absentee ballots, still at odds with Macon Water Authority post (Story/Media)
Mar 26, 2020
Taking care of business amid COVID-19 closures in Macon (Story/Media)
Mar 25, 2020
COVID-19 leads to private funeral for Bibb deputy, but sheriff promises “more fitting tribute” (Story)
Mar 24, 2020
50 jets to park in Macon during COVID19 crisis; Commissioners closing streets for new Mercer fields (Story/Media)
Mar 23, 2020
Pio Nono bridge work likely to slow critical fire response times; New Otis Redding bridge opens soon (Story/Media)
Mar 20, 2020
Macon Water Authority ‘illegal’ appointment creates ‘quagmire,’ election chair says (Story/Media)
Mar 19, 2020
New downtown creative crosswalk comes to life in COVID-19 school break (Story)
Mar 18, 2020
Hospitals report virus response in Macon-Bibb teleconference; Commissioners question ‘topless bar’ (Story)
Mar 16, 2020
P&Z goes virtual as COVID-19 concerns cancel most Macon-Bibb govt. meetings (Story/Media)
Mar 13, 2020
Low-income housing, homeless respite planned for downtown Macon (Story/Media)
Mar 11, 2020
Shortage of deputies and firefighters leads to $1.9 million in overtime costs (Story/Media)
Mar 10, 2020
‘Lame duck’ mayoral appointments have commissioners crying foul (Story/Media)
Mar 09, 2020
New plans for old Pio Nono Kroger to hold storage units and grocery to ease ‘food desert’ (Story)
Mar 06, 2020
Sheriff’s outreach center thwarts proposed teen rehab as P&Z ponders Forsyth St. revitalization, new house downtown and day care in NW Macon (Story/Media)
Mar 05, 2020
Macon’s Sandy Beach Water Park will reopen under new management at Lake Tobesofkee (Story/Media)
Mar 04, 2020
Macon-Bibb to blame for business dept. problems, commissioners say before split vote to privatize (Story/Media)
Feb 28, 2020
Is Macon-Bibb poised for lawsuit in outsourcing business permitting, inspections? (Story)
Feb 26, 2020
New free rides for kids on Macon Transit Authority buses (Story/Media)
Feb 25, 2020
Public input sought as Macon poised to curb alcohol licenses (Story/Media)
Feb 24, 2020
Sonny’s BBQ hits design roadblock; Hotel, nightclub, convenience store approved (Story)
Feb 21, 2020
Sonny’s BBQ, larger lofts, new hotel and nightclub seek zoning approval (Story/Media)
Feb 21, 2020
Macon offers money saving deal to delinquent businesses (Story)
Feb 19, 2020
Macon-Bibb Commission stalls over privatizing business services (Story)
Feb 14, 2020
Euthanization ‘not my intention,’ Bibb sheriff says as animal shelter cleared to open (Story/Media)
Feb 12, 2020
Downtown Macon general store opening for pets, plants, people (Story/Media)
Feb 11, 2020
Macon-Bibb commissioners nearly kill deal to privatize building services (Story/Media)
Feb 10, 2020
North Macon neighbors oppose assisted living development (Story/Media)
Feb 07, 2020
New north Macon raw bar; Bowman assisted living plan changes; Church for Bloomfield? (Story/Media)
Feb 06, 2020
Macon-Bibb to use cameras to fight crime; New sales tax sought to roll back property tax; Centreplex, courthouse upgrades    (Story)
Feb 04, 2020
Builders raise questions as Macon-Bibb plans to outsource permitting, inspections (Media)
Jan 30, 2020
Macon-Bibb voting precincts move; Registration peaks; Poll workers needed (Story/Media)
Jan 29, 2020
Should Macon-Bibb save old Bibb Mill’s Train Recreation Center? (Story/Media)
Jan 27, 2020
Neighbor complaints stop plans for old Pio Nono Kroger (Story)
Jan 24, 2020
Bass Road crosswalks to nowhere spark safety planning discussion (Story/Media)
Jan 23, 2020
UPDATE: GDOT alters traffic flow to ease congestion at I-16 ramp (Story/Media)
Jan 21, 2020
New interstate traffic patterns confound Macon drivers (Story/Media)
Jan 17, 2020
Macon-Bibb sees $13.5 million surplus for first time since consolidation (Story/Media)
Jan 14, 2020
Pio Nono Kroger plans stall; North Macon neighbors help sink events center (Story/Media)
Jan 06, 2020
Peacing Together: Macon funeral home offers youth tours to quell violence (Story/Media)
Dec 20, 2019
2020: Housing Authority begins final phase of Tindall Fields; plans north Macon senior living (Story/Media)
Dec 20, 2019
2020: Couple staying in Robins AFB encroachment zone as solar field encircles them (Story/Media)
Dec 13, 2019
Macon’s I-75 Welcome Center remains closed after GDOT raises ownership questions (Story/Media)
Dec 11, 2019
Will some Macon bars, restaurants and package stores go dry on Jan. 1? (Story/Media)
Dec 10, 2019
Neighbors help block developers’ plans in north Macon (Story/Media)
Dec 10, 2019
Security concerns arise after Municipal Court move (Story)
Dec 06, 2019
New Macon Water Authority member has little time to get his feet wet (Story)
Dec 05, 2019
Luxury downtown condos, Sonny’s BBQ, assisted living memory care facility seek P&Z approval (Story/Media)
Nov 27, 2019
Company plans $22 million renovation project for Vineville Christian Towers (Story)
Nov 22, 2019
Drivers need to be aware of new crosswalk safety measures (Story/Media)
Nov 18, 2019
‘Pretty magical” as downtown Macon celebrates the holidays (Story/Media)
Nov 15, 2019
Macon Sculpture Walk celebrates 6 public works of art (Story/Media)
Nov 13, 2019
Wellness time off for Macon-Bibb workers dies in committee (Story)
Nov 06, 2019
Can Macon-Bibb afford employee pay raises? (Story)
Nov 05, 2019
New downtown Macon music park debuts with encore of Sculpture Walk (Story/Media)
Nov 01, 2019
Got junk? Macon-Bibb County will haul it away for free (Media)
Nov 01, 2019
Lynching memorial, bus, statue discussed for Macon’s Rosa Parks Square (Story/Media)
Oct 31, 2019
Macon’s new municipal judge to focus on blight, environmental issues (Story/Media)
Oct 31, 2019
HBO likely filming new “Watchmen” episodes in downtown Macon (Story/Media)
Oct 28, 2019
New adventure park coming to north Macon (Story/Media)
Oct 25, 2019
Work to begin on new Macon-Bibb Health Department (Story/Media)
Oct 24, 2019
Is your pool water safe? Take this free course to be sure (Story)
Oct 23, 2019
HBO cameras to return downtown; Cal Ripken headed to Macon; Sheriff targets homelessness and the cows are coming! (Story/Media)
Oct 17, 2019
Macon leaders urge GDOT to make highways safer for pedestrians (Story/Media)
Oct 14, 2019
Bridge to reopen by spring to link Second Street Corridor Vision Block (Story/Media)
Oct 10, 2019
Severe Drought in Middle Georgia prompts record water usage in Macon (Story)
Oct 08, 2019
Macon Bacon plan for cooling fans at Luther Williams field draws heat from Commissioner Lucas (Story)
Oct 04, 2019
Is the Bibb 2020 ESPLOST worth your pennies for education? (Story/Media)
Oct 03, 2019
Should Macon-Bibb raise taxes for local businesses? (Story)
Sep 25, 2019
Macon’s new Marriott hotel will focus on food and history (Story/Media)
Sep 24, 2019
Sheriff pilots new surveillance program (Story)
Sep 23, 2019
Macon’s Terminal Station to be the backdrop for new film project (Story/Media)
Sep 19, 2019
East Macon Arts Village open house to showcase Mill Hill renovations (Story/Media)
Sep 12, 2019
New Macon high-rise could offer great views as downtown adds ax-throwing club, Ramen restaurant and brewery (Story/Media)
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Liz Fabian