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Athens News Matters for April 8, 2022

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This week on Athens News Matters, our series of candidate conversations continues with District 3 candidate Asia Thomas. Georgia prison deaths hit an all time high last year, a grieving mother wants answers. Program Coordinator for The Ark, Terrell Moore, joins the team to discuss the non-profit's mission as well as what they're working on lately. Animals take center stage at the Cedar Creek Water Reclamation Facility. Michael Brewer, music director of The Classic City Band, joins the team with a preview of this weekend's concert. Our panel breaks down the week in news and politics.

Martin Matheny was promoted to Program Director and Content Strategist on July 1, 2022. He has served as 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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