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

Animal shelters are expecting an influx of owner-surrendered animals as an unfortunate byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some owners may not be physically able to care for their pets, while others might face economic hardship. Georgia Humane Society director Debra Berger discusses the challenges shelters face, and how we can help.

Even though bars are restaurants are closed down or carryout/delivery only, some Athenians are making sure their favorite servers still get tips through the Athens Virtual Tip Jar.

As more socialization moves online, one expert says parents have to be proactive in making sure their kids aren’t falling prey to hate speech on the internet. 

WUGA's panel of commentators discusses the local response to COVID-19, a lawsuit filed against Athens-Clarke County challenging its shelter in place ordinance and how the pandemic is changing the local media landscape. 

University of Georgia public health professor Grace Bagwell Adams delivered sobering news about the shortcomings of Athens’ healthcare infrastructure at last week's Mayor and Commission meeting. She joins us to share her data and insight as Athens grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.