Alexia Ridley

News Anchor

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This week on Athens News Matters, hear: 

  • How local businesses and community leaders are trying to bring a national carrier to Ben Epps Airport

  • An interview with the Cedar Shoals High School student journalists who broke the story that recent Board of Education appointee Antwon Stephens didn’t graduate from CSHS

  • The director of the UGA Institute for Disaster Management discuss the coronavirus outbreak

Last week, a group of reporters broke the news that newly-appointed Board of Education member Antwon Stephens did not graduate from Cedar Shoals High School, as he implied. That story wasn’t broken by WUGA, The Athens Banner-Herald, or Flagpole Magazine. Those reporters were all student journalists at Cedar Shoals High School. Student journalists Jackie Wright and Stephanie Gaona-Perez join Alexia Ridley to talk about breaking the story.



The panel on the week in news and politics, including the latest from the Clarke County School District.

This week on Athens News Matters, hear:


  • A report on ACC Animal Services

  • Former State Representative Deborah Gonzalez talk about her running for District Attorney 

  • WUGA’s panel discuss the week in news and politics

  • UGA professor Audrey Haynes talk about Georgia’s two upcoming U.S. Senate races

The film “Joker” has earned eleven Oscar nominations, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director. But how well does it portray mental illness? University of Georgia psychology professor Gregory Strauss explains.