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Athens News Matters for July 29, 2022

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This week on Athens News Matters:

  • COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Athens - A public health expert joins the team to talk about what to expect in the coming months.
  • The Panel discusses the bike lanes on Prince Avenue and the details of a local resolution addressing reproductive rights.
  • Renters are struggling to keep up with record breaking costs of housing.
  • Experts say taking a nice deep breath can do wonders for your health.
  • The summer reading series continues with a new guest.
  • WUGA's Robin Whetstone discusses her unique moving experience and how her cats turned their backs on her.
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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