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Athens News Matters for January 27, 2023

Every year, hundreds of mayors arrive in Washington, DC for the United States Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting. Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz attended the meeting in DC last week. WUGA’s Martin Matheny sat down with him to discuss his recent trip, plus some updates about projects in Athens.

Significant percentages of the US population go without access to high-speed internet, despite its increasing use by healthcare and education systems. One University of Georgia first year, however, is advocating to bridge this so-called “digital divide.”

Shriya Garg is a Foundation Fellow and a Stamps Scholar at UGA studying genetics and biology. She’s involved in a recent study published in Nature Mental Health which explores the connection between the “digital divide” and a lack of access to mental healthcare.

She sat down with WUGA’s Alexia Ridley earlier this week.

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!