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Athens News Matters for March 2, 2024

This week on Athens News Matters, we speak to Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz about how local government is investing more in public safety. WUGA’s Martin Matheny reviews progress on House Bill 1105, which supporters say would crack down on illegal immigrants who commit crimes in Georgia. We’ll pay a visit to the Clarke County School District’s new bistro. WUGA’s Alison Salerno takes a look at the mental toll student debt takes on young adults through the eyes of two University of Georgia professors - one who carries debt and the other who studies it.








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!