Athens News Matters

Fridays at 1PM, Saturdays at 10am and Sundays at 11AM

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

Associate Producer: Gemma DiCarlo

Segment Producers: Sofia Gratas, Megan Wahn, Jessica Wurst

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

University of Georgia professor Daniel Hill, of the School of Public and International Affairs, is studying the relationship between violence and democracy, with surprising findings. 

Red & Black staff member and University of Georgia student Erin Schilling joins panel regulars Blake Aued and Lee Shearer to discuss the Clarke County School district and Board of Education member Antwon Stephens, as well as the community police review board.

 As medical experts, scientists and government entities continue to address the growing coronavirus crisis, there’s another aspect of the disease that is creating problems for leaders and officials – how to communicate about the disease responsibly.

UGA President Jere Morehead joins Alexia Ridley for a wide-ranging discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the university in its 235th year. 

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