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Athens News Matters for October 28, 2023

Driving around town, you may have seen yard signs for the upcoming election in November – early voting is already underway. And, if you live in Clarke County, there is a race on your special election ballot – the race for Clerk of Court. Alexia Ridley spoke to Elisa Zarate, one of two candidates vying for the position.

As online dating, dating apps and other social technologies grow in popularity, so does the likelihood that someone gets ghosted after a few dates, or even just a few text messages. Yet despite its frequent occurrence, little is known about why people ghost or the psychological effects of this social phenomenon.

Christina Leckfor is a doctoral student in the UGA Department of Psychology. Along with University of Mississippi researcher Natasha Wood, Leckfor found nearly two-thirds of participants have ghosted and have been ghosted. She sat down with WUGA’s River Gracey to talk about her research.

In 2020, at the height of the pandemic, five University of Georgia graduates got together over Zoom to take on a big challenge – creating an alumni board to support the university’s College of Public Health.

Recently, those five members of what started as the alumni working group sat down to share their stories in this audio postcard.

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!
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.
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