0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how Governor Nathan Deal officially announced today that SK Innovation — a Korean battery maker — plans to invest $1.6 billion in a plant in Jackson County. It’s one of Governor Deal’s final economic development projects as outgoing governor. According to the Governor’s office, the first phase of the project will begin this year and will include hiring 1,000 advanced manufacturing employees and the construction of a one-million-square-foot facility. Another 1,000 employees would be hired in the second phase. The CEO of SK Innovation, June Kim, says the company may eventually invest up to $5 billion in the state.
4:16: Now that the countdown to 2019 is over, another one begins for Atlanta. Super Bowl LIII will come to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3. With just 30 days until the big game, how are planning and preparations coming along? And what’s in store for the city as game day approaches? Super Bowl LIII Host Committee COO Brett Daniels joins us in studio.
23:00: Lisa Rayam is a broadcast veteran with strong ties to the Atlanta community. She is a former Fox 5 news anchor, and previously worked as Capitol Correspondent for GPB’s show “Lawmakers”. Now, she has joined the WABE team as the local host of “Morning Edition”. It’s a conversation with Rayam about her career, the evolution of journalism, and her role as a host and senior producer here at WABE.
36:00: Since May of last year, Vilma Carrillo has been separated from her 12-year-old daughter due to the migrant family separation policy. Carrillo was detained while seeking asylum in the United States after experiencing domestic violence in Guatemala. Currently, she is waiting in Georgia’s Irwin Detention Center as the Tahirih Justice Center’s Atlanta Appellate Project works two reunite her and her daughter — and appeal her asylum case. We’ll hear more from Shana Tabak, executive director of the Atlanta Tahirih Justice Center.
Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Grace Walker.