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Athens News Matters: Panel for October 21, 2022

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Stacey Abrams (D), Shane Hazel (L), and Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on stage at an Atlanta Press Club debate on October 17, 2022.

Our panel recaps the recent debates between candidates for state offices, takes a look at how state law affects what local lawmakers are able to do, and updates us on how early and absentee voting is going. Also, a group seeking to move the District 2 special election to November 8 has vowed to fight on after an attempt to sue failed. We’ll bring you details of what happened at their meeting this week, and what their next steps might be. (15:00)

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!
Robin Whetstone began as the Operations Assistant at WUGA in 2019, and moved into Production at the station in 2021. She loves using production, broadcasting, and digitaL technology to deliver stories that inform and entertain.

Robin is the Senior Producer of Athens News Matters, WUGA's weekly news and culture program, airing Wednesdays at 6pm, and hosts All Things Considered each weekday from 4-6:30pm.

A UGA MPH alumna, she also hosts and produces the Georgia Health Report, a weekly look at health policy and practice in Georgia and in our nation featuring Andy Miller, Southern Bureau Chief and Senior Editor of Kaiser Health News. (Multiple airings on WUGA and state-wide on Georgia Public Broadcasting.)

Robin has worked previously as a journalist, and most recently was a columnist for Flagpole Magazine. She started her career in Public Broadcasting at WPBT, Miami and Southeast Florida's Public Television station. When Robin's not at the station, you can find her wondering why this thing happened and what that person thinks.