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Athens News Matters: State Lawmakers will Head to Washington to Draw the New Legislative Districts

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The proposed redistricting map based on the 2020 census data.

Every 10 years, state lawmakers are tasked with redrawing congressional and state legislative districts based on the new census data. This process is called redistricting.

In just under a month, state lawmakers will be back at the Capitol, drawing these new congressional and state legislative districts. We’ll find out what could be in store for the Athens area.

WUGA's Chris Shupe sits down with Georgia Public Broadcasting's political reporter Stephen Fowler.

Chris Shupe began work at WUGA as a part time weekend announcer in 2010. At the time Shupe was focused on maintaining a thriving career in Real Estate, as well as balancing his time as a local entertainer. Shupe may be best known as The Athens King, a tribute to Elvis Presley, which often included an 8 piece show band! In 2012, Shupe joined WUGA full time as the station’s Morning Edition Host and Assistant Operations Director, and after 2 years of serving in that role Shupe was hired as Program Director for the station. As PD, Shupe spearheaded a return to more involvement in national conferences and continuing education opportunities through industry professional organizations like the Public Radio Program Director's Association, Public Media Development and Marketing Association, Morning Edition Grad School, the NAB, and the Public Media Journalists Association. This involvement led Shupe to undertake a comprehensive market study in 2015, the first such examination of local audience trends in more than 15 years.
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