Brian Rea, WSAV News 3

Brian Rea

WSAV News 3

Savannah, GA, United States

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Recent articles by Brian:

Doctors: Expanding COVID vaccines to youngest kids can help with herd immunity

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — About 18 million people in the U.S. still aren’t eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but that could change soon. Pfizer and Moderna both say they’ve created vaccines that are effective for kids 5 years old and younger. Earlier this week, Pfizer said its vaccine is 80% effective in preventing the […] → Read More

Loved ones waiting for answers in 18-year-old’s shooting death

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (WSAV) — Family and friends of an 18-year-old shot to death in Brunswick continue to search for answers months later. According to police, Amondrick Roberts was shot and killed in Selden Park on the day after Christmas in 2021. A place meant for fun, turned into tragedy. People close to Amondrick describe him […] → Read More

Tybee community to speak out against offshore oil drilling

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) — Leaders and environmental groups continue calls to keep Georgia’s coast clean. Advocates are calling on the Biden administration to permanently ban offshore drilling, which environmental groups say has devastating effects on marine life. Saturday, the community will gather for Hands Across the Sand, where business owners, environmental groups and elected […] → Read More

Savannah high school students walk out for Roe v. Wade

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — On Wednesday afternoon, students at more than 50 schools across the country participated in a walkout for reproductive rights — including some Savannah students. At 12:50 p.m., a couple hundred students at Savanah Arts Academy (SAA) walked out the school doors, with posters in hand and a message for the nation. […] → Read More

Georgia Southern students rally for reproductive rights

STATESBORO, Ga. (WSAV) – In the wake of the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion suggesting Roe v. Wade might be overturned, young people are are taking a stand on the issue. On Sunday, a couple dozen demonstrators took to the steps of the Bulloch County Courthouse to protest what they call a life-changing decision made […] → Read More

Hundreds rally across downtown Savannah for abortion rights

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Savannahians continue to protest weeks after a leaked draft opinion suggested the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade. On Saturday, multiple pro-choice rallies took place downtown, drawing in hundreds of women, men and children uniting as one voice. Demonstrators took to the streets of Savannah from Forsyth Park to […] → Read More

Smoking, vaping on Tybee Island beaches will soon come with penalty

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) – Lighting up on Tybee Beach will soon come with a cost. On Thursday night, Tybee Island City Council voted to ban smoking and vaping across the beach. A pilot program that expires this month banned smoking in the area around the pier. Back in March, council started considering a beach-wide […] → Read More

Savannah City Council discusses ways to solve homelessness crisis

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Savannah City Council is taking steps to help the city’s homelessness crisis, which affects more than 4,000 people, according to the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless. Mayor Van Johnson and city council members said they feel they’re moving in the right direction in addressing one of their top priorities. Leaders said […] → Read More

Local non-profit that delivers wheelchairs asking for community’s help

RINCON, Ga. (WSAV) — An Effingham County organization that helps disabled people and veterans is asking for the community’s help. The truck Wish to Walk Foundation uses to deliver wheelchairs, ramps and other equipment is in need of repairs after a crash left it damaged. James Shaw, founder of Wish to Walk, said 10 months […] → Read More

Historic marker unveiled at Virginia Jackson Kiah House

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks are just a few of the people who have walked the halls of the Virginia Jackson Kiah House here in Savannah and now — thanks to grassroots efforts of community members over the last decade — the civil rights-era relic will live on. A […] → Read More

‘Our children are dying in these streets’: Another violent weekend in Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The Savannah Police Department responded to multiple shootings this weekend, leaving three people injured and two dead. City leaders describe the rise in gun violence over the last weeks as an epidemic and say more needs to be done to save lives. “Our children are dying in these streets,” said District […] → Read More

Tybee Island community raises money for refugee orphans in Ukraine

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) — Since the war in Ukraine started more than two months ago, the United Nations estimates more than 12 million Ukrainians have fled their homes. An organization led by Savannahians is trying to help children who have become orphans during the course of the war. Matthew Adams is the director of […] → Read More

Coalition of faith leaders calls for action on affordable housing, justice system

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Hundreds of community members rallied as one voice on Monday night, with a goal to hold those in power accountable. Just Unites Savannah Together (JUST), which represents 20 Chatham County congregations, came together to ask elected officials for action and answers on issues like affordable housing and the criminal justice system. […] → Read More

Family, community honor legacy of Abbie DeLoach by giving back

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Seven years after losing their loved one, the DeLoach family said it doesn’t get any easier. Last Friday marked the 7th anniversary of a fatal crash, caused by a distracted driver, that left five Georgia Southern University nursing students dead, including DeLoach. “She was my big sister, so she was protective […] → Read More

Savannah City Council to vote on $80K plan to address nighttime safety

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – City council is set to vote on a program aimed at addressing “nighttime-related issues” in Savannah. The Office of Special Events, Film and Tourism is recommending the council approve $80,000 in order to develop a night management program with the Responsible Hospitality Institute. The nonprofit — which is currently working with […] → Read More

Historic Savannah building from Civil Rights era will prevail

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — After a years-long probate battle, a historic Civil Rights era relic in Savannah will live on. The Historic Savannah Foundation now owns the Virginia Jackson Kiah House. Kiah is a celebrated artist, teacher and activist. In 1959, Kiah and her husband established their home on W. 36th Street into a museum, […] → Read More

Photographer helps Bryan County families re-capture memories lost in tornado

BRYAN COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) – For almost 10 years, Kimberly Austin has been capturing memories for her photography business. But when she’s not behind the camera, she’s responding to emergencies. On April 5th, Austin was dispatched to assist with the tornado in Bryan County. It’s a sight she couldn’t put words to. “We saw flipped […] → Read More

Savannah city leaders react to multiple weekend shootings

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Savannah city leaders say shootings are becoming too common and it’s something they are concerned about. This weekend started with two people injured in a shooting near TA Wright Stadium at Savannah State University, according to officials. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating and officials said no students were involved […] → Read More

Family remembers Georgia Southern nursing students on 7th anniversary of fatal crash

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Sitting in Jimmy DeLoach’s office, it’s clear he loves his daughter, Abbie. Photos and handwritten notes hang on the walls — pieces of Abbie her father can hold on to forever. April 22, 2015 started as an exciting day for Abbie DeLoach, Caitlyn Baggett, Morgan Bass, Emily Clark and Catherine McKay […] → Read More

Port Wentworth city council looking towards future, leaders say

PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (WSAV) — The City of Port Wentworth will stay as one for now, according to city officials. Steve Davis, interim city manager, said the city is in a good place and council wants to try to move forward as one city. On Tuesday, all six council members and the mayor met for […] → Read More