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

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

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

ACC District 7 Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tempore Russell Edwards joins the panel to discuss the latest local and state news, including Wednesday's town hall and the financial repercussions of the pandemic.

State Representative Houston Gaines (R-Athens) joins us with an update on the state budget and a proposed hate crimes law as the end of the legislative session looms. 

Clarke County School District Interim Superintendent Xernona Thomas joins us to talk about recently released plans for the district’s return to in-person instruction. 

This week on Athens News Matters, hear:

This week marks the 48th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, which jump-started a watershed moment in American journalism and led to the downfall of a president.