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Athens-Based Podcast Tracks Unsolved Murder of Tara Baker

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An Athens resident is reaching out to the community for help in resolving an unsolved murder of a UGA student. Cameron Jay is co-producer and host of the Classic City Crime podcast. 


“I’ve always had a fascination with true crime, I was actually in the funeral business for three years and got to see a lot of true crime cases up close and personal.” 


He says he started the podcast when the pandemic began and he wanted to do something to make a difference. 

“I started doing some research and I came across the case of Tara Louise Baker, a UGA Law student who was brutally murdered and attacked in her home here in Athens in 2001. Two decades later, there are still no answers in that case, well no answers until now that is, and we’re just working every day to find new leads.” 

Jay says the podcast has evolved as he has gotten more involved.  


"When I started the podcast, Alexia, I must tell you that I thought I would do one case per episode and then we would just keep moving and keep talking about different cases, that was until I met the Baker family and got to know them very well and got to know Tara’s life very well and I said, there’s so much here and so many people willing to talk that we can’t just stop, we have to keep going. So here we are, episode 18 of season one, 'The Tara Baker Story'."


To hear more about Tara Baker’s story and the Classic City Crime podcast, tune in to this week’s edition of Athens News Matters. 

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!