BBN Staff and Columnists
Political Correspondent and Columnist
John Fredericks, a Georgia resident for 21 years, is the founder and Chairman of The Beacon Broadcast Network, LLC.
A 1980 graduate of Fairleigh-Dickinson University, where he majored in economics and political science, Fredericks has been a senior media executive for more than 25 years and has served some of the largest newspaper companies in the United States.
Fredericks is an accomplished and seasoned journalist, columnist, and a formidable investigative reporter. His weekly column, "Political InSighter," has become a must read for those interested in statewide and national political analysis. Throughout his media career, Fredericks has covered local, regional and national news events that span the gamut of government, business, economics and politics. He is known for combining tough investigative reporting with in-depth news analysis.
Fredericks has personally interviewed many of the most powerful political leaders on the national scene, including Sen. John McCain, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and many more. His direct contacts in the U.S Congress and the Georgia State House run deep.
Fredericks hosts a live weekly cable television show, "Impact Georgia, " that takes the most compelling issues of the week and breaks them down with live guest interviews of Georgia's most prominent political figures.
As the host of his television show, Fredericks has gained an uncanny reputation for asking the tough questions to the right people at the best time while providing thoughtful debate and astute political commentary. Fredericks also hosted and produced a radio show, "The John Fredericks Show," on WGKA 920 in Atlanta.
Fredericks has anchored live election night broadcasts in the Atlanta metropolitan area since 2007, and moderated some of the largest statewide candidate debates in Georgia. His column, "Political InSighter," appears several times per week on beaconcast.com
Fredericks, his wife Anne, and their three children live in North Fulton.
Reporter and Columnist
Tim Altork got started in the newspaper business as a sportswriter covering high school sports in Roanoke, Alabama, for the Randolph Leader.
He also was a sports columnist for Atlanta's Sunday Paper before coming to the Beacon Broadcast Network. He was born and raised in Albany, Georgia, and played baseball at Darton College for two years before earning a BA in political science from Valdosta State University in 1999. Tim lives in Woodstock with his wife Heather and three young children. Tim's column, "Tim's Take" is a must read for Georgia High School sports enthusiasts. His candid analysis and "breezy" writing style makes his work iconic.
Reporter and Columnist
His primary journalistic influence is Dianna Gordon of the Elbert County News ("Every story has fourteen sides"; "If your mother says she loves you -- check it out anyway").
D. Jefferson Bean was born in La Plata, Maryland, on September 22, 1967. A Department of Defense "brat," he has lived in five states; and spent six years in Europe before graduating from Roswell High School in 1985 and majoring in English at Georgia State University. He speaks several English dialects, rusty German, and can order a beer or a shot of rak? in Turkish.
His interests include language, literature, history, philosophy, religion, anthropology, psychology, martial arts/self-defense, shooting (but alas! he lives in Roswell...), music, cooking, gardening, and animals -- especially catfish.
Bean's column, "No Holds Barred," takes municipal and county governments to task for abuses of power and money grabs.
His literary influences include Joseph Conrad, Samuel L. Clemens, Ambrose Bierce, G.K. Chesterton, Sinclair Lewis, H.L. Mencken, Hunter S. Thompson, William Faulkner, P.J. O'Rourke, Marc MacYoung, Barry Eisler, Andrew Vachss, Lewis Grizzard, Bert Vincent, Samuel Adams, John Kennedy Toole, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ayn Rand, and James Joyce.
A Roswellian since 1976, Bean is a freelance writer/researcher/photographer and blogger. He is working on his first novel. And he is married to Maggie West.
Sports Editor and Columnist
John Breech has spent the last two years of his life trying to come up with synonyms for the word "disappointing" as he wrote weekly about the Cincinnati Bengals on Growlzone.com. He began his college career in the fall of 2000 as a football player at Hanover College (Ind.). He finally finished his higher education, an unexpected shock to family and friends, in Dec. 2005 with a B.A. in English Journalism from Miami of Ohio. While at Miami, John was a student assistant for a football team that made consecutive bowl trips for the first time in 30 years. He also co-founded the university's favorite publication, Miami Quarterly (Mq). John now resides in the North Fulton area.
Breech's weekly column, "Behind The Bleachers," is legendary reading.
Breech, who is single, tells friends he is the most eligible bachelor OTP.