Newspaper leads by serving

Bailey stays busy in community
Don Bailey, the president of The Augusta Chronicle, has helped launch two weekly newspapers since returning to Augusta.

The Augusta Chronicle continues its 225-year-old tradition of civic involvement under the leadership of Don Bailey, its president.


Bailey not only directs operations for the Augusta newspaper and its publications, but he also has been active in the community, serving as the chairman of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce in 2008 and continuing to serve on its executive committee.

He serves on the boards of the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau, United Way of the CSRA, University of Georgia -- Augusta Alumni Board, Augusta Bulldog Club and the Georgia Press Association.

Bailey has worked in the newspaper industry in Macon, Savannah and Augusta for 25 years, and has been with Morris Communications Co. LLP for 17 years. In addition to The Chronicle , he is also responsible for numerous publications in the Augusta region, including The Columbia County News-Times, AUGUSTA Magazine, Augusta Family and nine other regional newspapers.

Since his return to Augusta in 2002, he has successfully coordinated the launch of two new weekly newspapers, The McDuffie Mirror in Thomson and North Augusta Today.

He and his wife, Chelle, have two sons and a daughter.

"The Augusta Chronicle is here today because for 225 years it has served its readers by providing news and information, and worked with its business partners to publish commercial information," Bailey said.

"We serve our readers. We serve our customers. It's as true today as it was in August of 1785 when we started," he said. "It will be true tomorrow, as well."