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Athens News Matters for April 26, 2023

Today on Athens News Matters, Athens-Clarke County Police Chief Jerry Saulters joins us to talk about gun violence and gang crime in Athens – the scope of the problem and how his department is addressing it.

Then, we talk to Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez about the seemingly growing number of gang crimes in Athens and how her office is working with law enforcement to prevent – and punish – gang crime and gun violence.

Finally, April is National Poetry Month, and WUGA’s David Oates, host of the show “Wordland,” joins us to talk about some of his influences and why poetry still matters in the age of social media.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' 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 WUGA and GPB Classical. 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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