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Athens News Matters for April 13, 2024

On May 21st, voters in Athens-Clarke County will decide the winners of several local races. Last week we met with the candidates for County Commission in District 2. Today we turn to the race for County Coroner. William Gaulden Jr. works in funeral services and is running as a Democrat. WUGA’s Martin Matheny sat down with him to discuss his candidacy.

Earlier this week, WUGA’s Emma Auer sat down with Michael Eberhart, a funeral services professional who is also running for County Coroner as a Democrat.

WUGA works in tandem with the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia to foster new radio voices as a part of its News Ambassadors program. Izzy Wagner is a student at Grady College and a News Ambassador. Interested in representing the experience of Latinx Athenians, she visited Ulead, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping immigrant students succeed.

April is National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate an often over-looked art. Ariana Benson is a poet based in St. Louis, Missouri, whose collection of poetry, Black Pastoral, was published by the University of Georgia Press last September. She sat down with WUGA’s Martin Matheny to discuss her work.

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.