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Athens News Matters for April 1, 2022


This week on Athens News Matters, our series of candidate conversations continues with ACC District 1 Commissioner Patrick Davenport. Dr. Kenny Esho joins the team to discuss child hunger and the scope of the problem within our community and in Georgia. Engineering and art come to a fascinating intersection at a new installation at UGA's Driftmeier College of Engineering. As the Athens music scene slowly returns to normal, Jordan Stepp joins the team to talk about some must-see shows in April. Dr. Allan Armitage takes us into his garden to talk about how the plant 'Jack in the Pulpit' got its name. Our panel breaks down the week in news and politics.

Martin Matheny is the Executive Producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters', and he covers local government for WUGA News. He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on WUGA at 10pm. 'Night Music' can also be heard statewide on the GPB Classical stream Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm. As part of 'Athens News Matters' Martin works with student interns to help cultivate the next generation of Public Media rock stars! In his spare time Martin is an amateur book binder and freelance musician who frequently performs with Big Band Athens playing bass trombone. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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