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Athens News Matters for September 16, 2022

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This week on Athens News Matters:

  • The District 2 special election creates headaches for the Board of Elections officials.
  • Historic Athens annual Porchfest returns on Sunday, October 2 - The team gets a preview from the executive director of Historic Athens.
  • The panel discusses the week in news, including the plans for an east side library and a meeting of the county's board of elections.
  • NPR's Nina Totenberg discusses her new book, Dinners with Ruth, and her legendary career as a Supreme Court reporter.
  • UGA study finds active teens may be more likely to vape.
  • Tales from the garden returns - The Chaste Tree.
  • A tribute to the great Art Rosenbaum.
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!
Robin Whetstone is a local writer and storyteller who loves Athens, cats, and podcasts. She came to WUGA in 2018 to serve as our Operations Assistant, checking programs for broadcast and assisting the Operations Director with day-to-day scheduling and technical processes. She is now Senior Content Producer, and she reports for Athens News Matters, is the local host for All Things Considered and the Georgia Health Report.
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