Community Events

WABE's community event on february 23, 2018

The Brookings Institution reports that the difference in life expectancy between the rich and the poor and between whites and minorities has more than doubled since the 1920s.  In Georgia, access to quality healthcare may come down to how much you earn, the color of your skin, and where you live.  WABE presents “Race and Poverty in Healthcare” to connect you with medical professionals and advocates to share perspectives on what 2018 could mean for providers and patients, doctors, and hospitals. Your voice is vital to this dialogue!  Join the live taping of “Race and Poverty in Healthcare”, Thursday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m. on the campus of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

To submit your questions for our panel be sure to use the Community Conversations box at the top of this page.

CLICK HERE  for tickets.

Your ticket does not guarantee entry. Audience will be admitted on a first come first served basis.

Georgia’s Legislative session begins January 8th, and WABE is bringing you a look at the inner workings of our State Government at our next Community Conversation: State Government Matters Too: A Crash Course On The Georgia Legislature. WABE political reporters Johnny Kauffman, Elly Yu, and senior editor Susanna Capelouto host an interactive evening as we take a look at the ins and outs of Georgia’s State House of Representatives and State Senate; their powers, their limitations, and how decisions are made that affect you every day. It’s chance for us to learn more about how our State house works, and how we, as voters, can make it work for us.

Join us Tuesday, January 16th, at The Gathering Spot for State Government Matters Too: A Crash Course On The Georgia Legislature. Light fare will be served and the first 100 guests will receive a complimentary drink.

Leave us your question about State Government in the “Community Conversations” box above, and Click Here for tickets.

Funded in part by a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

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WABE’s Political Breakfast is live on Thursday, December 7 at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.  Join Denis O’Hayer for a lively conversation with Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson and Republican strategist Brian Robinson. They will look at the Atlanta mayoral election, the push for tax reform in Congress, and the upcoming legislative session under the Gold Dome.

Join us for the Political Breakfast Live on December 7 at 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00) at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.

Proof of the Pudding will be providing light fare for those in attendance.

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Metro Atlanta is a top-ten economy in the US, with a GDP of more than $330-billion. That’s partly because our region is the longtime home of global companies like The Home Depot and Delta Air Lines, and also because we’ve welcomed new arrivals like Mercedes-Benz USA.

As Atlanta continues to grow and attract companies big and small, what does our workforce need to look like to keep the area flourishing? What new industries can we attract? And what does the influx of people mean for Atlanta’s ever-changing identity?

Join WABE’s Jim Burress as he and a panel of experts tackle those questions and a whole lot more as part of WABE’s next Community Conversation: “The Future of ATL Jobs.”

That’s Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00) at Industrious at Ponce City Market.

PCM Food Hall favorite Super Pan will be serving snacks.

Click here to RSVP

Industrious is located on the west side of Ponce City Market, near West Elm. Enter the interior Food Hall and use the west elevators (nearest to West Elm inside the building – look for the WABE banner) to come up to the 8th floor.

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Join PBA30 and the Spelman College Education Department for a free Indie Lens Pop-Up preview screening of I Am Not Your Negro.

One of the most acclaimed films of the year and an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, and with a flood of rich archival material.

That’s Tuesday, 11/14 at 6 pm.

Sisters Chapel at Spelman College

440 Westview Drive, SW Atlanta, GA 30310

Attendance is on a first come, first serve basis.

Independent Lens airs Thursdays at 9p on PBA30.



Public Broadcasting Atlanta presents: The Future of Atlanta: From the Journalist’s Notebook.

Join WABE’s Johnny Kauffman, Molly Samuel, and Candace Wheeler as they share how they craft stories about the topics impacting metro Atlanta. Mix and mingle with other WABE fans, and get a chance to converse with our journalists in an intimate setting.

Hosted by Amplify, PBA’s young professionals committee.

Light food, and a free drink for the first 100 guests, will be served.

To RSVP, click here.

Funding for WABE’s Community Engagement events is provided in part by a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. 

The Falcons, Hawks, and Braves have become a part of the city’s identity and their respective stadiums have become a part of Atlanta’s skyline, but how have those facilities affected the neighborhoods they call home? WABE News reporter Stephannie Stokes hosts a panel of experts and asks your questions at WABE’s next Community Conversation: “Sports Stadiums and Community Impact.”

We’ll examine the way neighborhoods, and residents’ lives, have been changed by stadiums across the city’s landscape and history. We’ll look at past agreements with sports teams and local residents, and what we can expect to see now. We’ll consider the benefits and drawbacks that a new facility brings to an area. And we’ll do all of this together, asking for your questions to be a cornerstone of our discussion.

Join us for “Sports Stadiums and Community Impact” Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library.

Panel (subject to change):

  • Frank Fernandez, Vice President of Community Development, Blank Foundation
  • Benjamin Flowers, Professor of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Deborah Scott, Executive Director, Georgia Stand-Up
  • Ivory Lee Young Jr., Atlanta City Council Member, District 3

Funding for WABE’s Community Engagement events is provided in part by a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.



The 6th District Debate: Handel vs. Ossoff
Hosted by Denis O’Hayer

Karen Handel (R) and John Ossoff (D) are meeting to debate the issues affecting the 6th District and their plans to address them. On Thursday, June 8 they’ll have a live, in-depth conversation moderated by WABE 90.1’s Denis O’Hayer.

The debate will be broadcast live on WABE 90.1 at 9 a.m. It will also stream live via and on the WABE app. In addition, the debate will be televised on PBA30 that evening at 7 p.m. and will re-air on WABE at 7 p.m.

WABE 90.1 invites you to our Education Town Hall meeting, Tuesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Southwest Arts Center in Atlanta. The topic is the First Priority Act, a new law signed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

The law is aimed at improving schools and student performance. But what should parents, teachers and students expect? What is the role of the state’s new Chief Turnaround Officer? How will communities be involved?

Join education reporter Martha Dalton and a panel of education experts for an in-depth exploration of what happens next.

The panel of experts is:

  • Leah Austin, vice president of programs for the Southern Education Foundation
  • Leslie Hazle Bussey, deputy director of the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement
  • Michael O’Sullivan, executive director of Georgia Campaign for Achievement Now
  • State Rep. Valencia Stovall


Monday, April 24 WABE returns to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library as we continue to follow national news from a local perspective.

WABE’s Denis O’Hayer will be joined by guest co-host and NPR national correspondent Debbie Elliott. Our distinguished panel will feature former Georgia Congressmen Buddy Darden and Lynn Westmoreland, and Emory political science professor Andra Gillespie, discussing the first 100 days of the new administration, the changing relationships among branches of government, and asking the question: how powerful should any American president be?

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After 21 years representing the metro area, Tom Price is moving to Washington. What does that mean for his district?

With the special election a few weeks away, we’ll learn more at WABE’s next community engagement event: Georgia’s 6th District – High Stakes, Changing Times.

Denis O’Hayer hosts Michael Owens, chair of the Cobb County Democratic Party, longtime Republican political director Justin Tomczak and others to talk about the district and this race. Audiences will have the chance to discuss what they see in their neighborhoods, and ask one big question: what does the 6th want from a new representative?

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Immigration and border protection were talking points for President Donald Trump throughout the campaign, and now the president has signed a series of executive orders. They focus on suspending refugee resettlement, restricting travel from seven majority-Muslim countries, and building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The orders led to confusion and uncertainty around what happens next.

Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. WABE’s immigration reporter Elly Yu will moderate a diverse panel to shed light on the immigrant vetting and entry process, to understand the legality of the executive orders. We’ll also hear from people in favor of stronger border protection. We’ll take questions from the audience as we seek to understand this action and the affect it will have on Atlanta and our nation.

Join us Tuesday, Feb. 7 at WABE’s Studios for a special community engagement event: The State of Immigration.

Panelists Include:

  • Dr. Heval Kelli, Cardiology Fellow at Emory University School of Medicine, and former refugee
  • Bruce LeVell, Executive Director of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump
  • Brenda Lopez, Georgia House Representative, District 99 (D – Norcross)
  • Shana Tabak, Visiting Assistant Professor, Georgia State University College of Law

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