Sydney Hood grew up in Swainsboro, making her no stranger to the CSRA.
Growing up, she watched local and national news just about every morning before school and every evening before bedtime. From an early age, she knew she could transform her love for history, passion for asking questions and natural curiosity into a career.
Sydney interned for WRDW/WAGT during the summer of 2022. She joined the weekend team as a part-time multimedia journalist in August 2022 (a few days shy of the start of her senior year in college). She’ll join the team as a full-time MMJ in June 2023.
She will graduate from the University of Georgia in May 2023 with dual degrees in journalism and political science, a minor in communication studies and a certificate in news literacy.
Throughout her time in college, she has remained active in various extracurriculars outside of the classroom. She serves as president of DiGamma Kappa (UGA’s oldest broadcasting society), writes and delivers on-air content for the student radio program, writes for the Cox Institute’s Journalism Writing Lab and volunteers with Extra Special People.
During her freshman year at UGA, Sydney found Grady Newsource, the university’s television program, and started working as a technical volunteer, eventually becoming a senior production manager. She would later work her way up to reporter, opening the door to her covering Stacey Abrams’ 2022 run for governor of Georgia.
In her free time, she enjoys running, biking, playing tennis and cooking (although she isn’t very good at it, but she loves a good challenge). She is excited to work with the News 12 team and looks forward to connecting with the Augusta community. Feel free to connect with her on Twitter or through email.