Biography – Kimberly Boim

Kimberly Boim is an award-winning investigative reporter in Georgia. In 2014, she was recognized by the Georgia Press Association with a First Place Otis A. Brumby Award for a serious column.

Also that year while serving as editor/publisher of the Dawson News & Advertiser, a series of stories Boim wrote on the cloak of secrecy governing Georgia’s Pardons and Paroles Board lead to legislative changes in 2015. Under the new law, rather than make its decisions in total secrecy, the board is required to issue written findings to victims or their family that reflect evidence supporting clemency or parole. The previous law allowed all of the board’s decisions to be kept as “Confidential State Secrets.” The old law had been on the books in Georgia more than 50 years. Gov. Deal to sign pardons bill into law in Dawson

Boim and Gov. Deal
Gov. Nathan Deal (seated) signs into law a bill that requires Georgia’s Pardons and Paroles board to be more transparent. From left: House Rep. Kevin Tanner,  Editor/Publisher Dawson News & Advertiser, Kimberly Boim, Katie Strayhorn, Victims Advocate/Dawson County, Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle (background), District Attorney Lee Darragh, the parents of murder victim Keith Evans, Mildred and Cleve Evans, sister Angela Decoursey, and other family members.

Boim was interviewed on Georgia Public Broadcast News shortly before the bill was passed by the Georgia Legislature 2015. Looking for clarity in death row clemency

She served four years as editor, publisher and investigative reporter for the Dawson News & Advertiser, a 128-year-old community newspaper, until it was sold in September 2015. She previously served six years as publisher and editor of the second most successful medical magazine in the country, M.D. News Atlanta. She has taught writing and literature at Chattahoochee Technical College in Powder Springs, Ga.

Boim holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she graduated with highest honors, and a MA in English from George Mason University.

She is a contributor to the “Dawson County, Georgia, A History” book published by the Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Society in 2015.

In October 2013, Boim began working on the unsolved murder of 11-year-old Levi Frady of Forsyth County. This news blog is the result of her research and investigative work.