Newspaper columnist and local writer Rebecca Johnston is a Cherokee County native and former managing editor of the Cherokee Tribune. For more than a decade in the 1980s and 1990s she was a reporter and editor at the county newspaper. For the last eight years she has been a local columnist for the Cherokee Tribune and has won several Georgia Press Association awards for her writing, including the 2007 First Place Award for Serious Columnist. Growing up in the Canton of the 1960s flavors her writings with a wonderful sense of times past. A graduate of Cherokee High School and the University of Georgia, during her career she has also hosted local radio shows and appeared on cable television news and programming. She and her husband, Harry Johnston, live in historic Canton. They have two grown children.