Athens News Matters

Fridays at 1PM, Saturdays at 10AM and Sundays at Noon.

For over 15 years, Athens News Matters has been a vehicle to connect listeners with the stories that matter from Athens and around Northeast Georgia. In July 2019, the program was relaunched in a new format, an hour of content, including the panel of commentators which has been a mainstay of Athens News Matters, but adding more stories, features, interviews, and more.

In the past two years, Athens News Matters has received multiple awards for excellence in journalism from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and the Public Media Journalists Association.

The Athens News Matters team:

Hosts: Alexia Ridley and Chris Shupe

Senior Producer: Martin Matheny

Producers: Jeanne Davis, Devon Zwald, Lucas Trevor, Kara Nelson, Abby Bustin

Contributors: Dr. James Cobb, Cathy Bradberry, Michael Cardin, Jimmy Sanders, John Slights

Website Intern: Nicole Jordan

Our panel, Gwen O'Looney and Chris Dowd, sits down with WUGA's Alexia Ridley to discuss former Senator David Purdue’s announcement that he will run for governor of Georgia, and how this might affect the race.

They’ll also talk about the December 7th Commission meeting, where rent relief, the permanent homeless camp, and more were debated.

Last year, ACC Commissioners passed two major initiatives related to the county’s housing crisis – a sanctioned homeless encampment and an eviction relief program. One of the commissioners behind both measures, District 5's Tim Denson, joins us with an update.

For the first time in 4 decades, the Georgia Bulldogs are the College Football National Champions. For many, the story goes deeper than that - football, The University of Georgia, and the City of Athens have had a relationship for well over a century.

Betty White, America’s sweetheart and lifelong animal lover and advocate, would have turned 100 this Monday. In honor of her birthday, the Athens Area Humane Society is hosting a celebration event that will feature no-cost, sponsored adoptions for all shelter animals aged eight months and older. 

Chris Shupe spoke with the CEO of the Athens Area Humane Society, Cheryl McCormick, about the event. 

This transcript was edited for clarity


Can you talk a little bit about Betty White's work as an advocate for animals?


Athens News Matters: 3 Local Lawmakers Might Lose Their Seats Under New District Map

Jan 14, 2022

Just after we finalized our show for broadcast last week, local political observers were stunned by a proposed new map of Athens Clarke County Commission districts put out by the four Republican members of the county’s state legislative delegation.

That map, if passed by state lawmakers, would make big changes to the county's current commission districts and leave three incumbent commissioners and thousands of voters sitting on the sidelines when five commission districts are on the ballot this year.