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

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we’ll get a lesson in how to choose wine from our resident sommelier, Krista Slater of the Expat. 


Nicole Lazar is a statistician and one of three co-authors of an editorial published in a special issue of The American Statistician in March 2019 that addressed a compelling issue affecting research and clinical trial results across the sciences: the use of statistical significance in research findings. 

Freshmen under the age of 21 are required to live on the University of Georgia campus, but there’s no rule that says they have to eat in UGA dining halls. Some students are eschewing the all-you-can-eat meal plan in favor of doing their own cooking. 

WUGA’s Megan Wahn brings us this report of University of Georgia researchers working to develop compostable plastics. 

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.