Athens News Matters

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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.

The Athens News Matters team:

Hosts: Alexia Ridley and Chris Shupe

Senior Producer: Martin Matheny

Producers: Jeanne Davis, Gemma DiCarlo, Colin Bergen, Savannah Sicurella

Contributors: Dr. James Cobb, Cathy Bradberry, Michael Cardin

After weeks of pushback from some faculty, staff and students, the University System of Georgia reversed its position and made masks mandatory on its campuses. That decision is welcome news to most – but not all – members of the UGA community.

WUGA's panel of commentators discusses the Mayor and Commission's approval of a local mask ordinance, pushback against the Clarke County School District’s re-opening plan, and the rest of this week in news.

In 2019, Athens-Clarke County police officers were involved in a number of shootings, and in many of those cases, mental illness played a role. Just last month, the Mayor and Commission approved the addition of a third mental health co-response team to the ACCPD. WUGA's Gemma DiCarlo tells us how these teams make a difference in how Athens police deal with mental health issues. 

Earlier this week, Athens-Clarke County commissioners unanimously approved a mandatory mask ordinance, defying an executive order from Governor Brian Kemp. WUGA's Savannah Sicurella has this report.

This week on Athens News Matters, hear: