Gordon Sawyer is an American history buff, an author and a radio commentator focusing on Northeast Georgia history, politics and mountain entrepreneurs. He has written six books (see adjacent page) about the history and people of the Southern mountains, numerous articles for magazines such as Georgia Backroads, and taught history-related courses at Brenau University’s Learning and Liesure Institute.
After retirement in 1991 as an advertising agency executive, Gordon Sawyer has served on the board of the Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University, Georgia Backroads (a history and lifestyles magazine), and the Sautee-Nacoochee Center. He has been a frequent speaker on the distinctive history and culture of the Northeast Georgia mountain area. Currently he is a commentator on radio station WDUN, in Gainesville and Clarkesville, Georgia, and a columnist on AccessNorthGeorgia.com.
After a 40-year career in advertisig, Gordon Sawyer retired as Chairman of SawyerRileyCompton, an Atlanta advertising agency. He served on the board of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, on the boards of both the Georgia State Chamber of Comerce and the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, as President of the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville, as a Presbyterian Elder, and several other business and civic groups. He attended Georgia Tech, did graduate work at Emory, and is a Navy veteran of World War II.