Athens News Matters

Athens News Matters: Athens Poet Laureate

Feb 5, 2021

Athens-Clarke County made national news earlier this month with its announcement that the city is seeking a poet laureate, making it one of the first communities in the country to do so. 


Watching your favorite sports team looks a little different these days with masked-up players and little-to-no spectators, but what goes on behind the scenes to keep these players safe as they travel and train together? We talk with various members from the University of Georgia's Athletic Association to find out.

Special thanks to Vicki Michaelis and the students at Grady College who contributed to this segment, including Reeves Jackson, Mariah Rose, Josh Talevski, RJ Taylor, Camryn Williams.

Today on Athens News Matters, virtual learning – while necessary – is also a cause for growing concern among parents, educators, and also – mental health professionals. Also today, we talk to Athens Clarke County Commissioner Russell Edwards on his priorities as we move into a new year. Plus, the care gap and special needs kids. Those stories, our panel on the week in news, and more on Athens News Matters.

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The pandemic and the long-term closure of schools for in-person learning can have a deleterious, even catastrophic, effect on the mental health of kids.

We talk with local professionals about how kids are coping, and why some face more obstacles than others.

National Play Therapy Week: February 1-6

According to local counselor Leigh Ellen Magness, play therapy is "the strategic use of play in therapy to help kids process and identify their feelings. Play is the language of children and their play can often communicate what their words may not."

Today on Athens News Matters, lawmakers and the Governor are starting work on the state’s budget. Also today, the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement expands its operations with a new Justice Center. Plus, a historical look at the Trump presidency, an appreciation of poet Robert Burns, and our panel on this week's news.