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Athens News Matters for May 27, 2022

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This week on Athens News Matters, ACC Commissioner Russell Edwards joins us with an update on the county's budget process. We'll talk about what scientists are seeing in the community's wastewater. Legendary media executive, producer, and curator, Pat Mitchell, connects women with opportunities to discover, grow, and use their power to make the world a better place. Designer of the educational computer game, Oregon Trail, discusses the 1985 reboot that made the game a cultural touchstone. Election day is over, what should we do with all of those campaign yard signs? 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!