Closer Look: Paycheck to Paycheck — Recent Graduate Round Table; Suburban Poverty; And More

One in three college graduates are "underemployed," or working in jobs that don't use their skills. As Closer Look’s ‘Paycheck to Paycheck’ series continues, we talk to recent college graduates who understand this struggle firsthand.
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Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced two key appointments to her Administration. Nina Hickson has been permanently named City Attorney and Joshua Williams will serve as the City’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer. Hickson had served as General Counsel for the Atlanta BeltLine since 2016, before being named interim City Attorney in May. Williams joins the Bottoms administration after having served four years as COO for DeKalb County Schools. In her announcement, Mayor Bottoms highlighted each candidate for their experience and their commitment to transparency and public service.
  • In other news, it appears the Atlanta BeltLine is losing its president and CEO. Brian McGowan, who was named president and CEO of the Atlanta BeltLine Inc. late last year, is reportedly heading to Seattle to lead a regional economic development organization. On Tuesday, the Puget Sound Business Journal reported that McGowan will become CEO of Greater Seattle Partners. However, there’s been no confirmation from Beltline Inc. or Atlanta city government. Neither have responded to inquiries from Closer Look.
  • 7:18: One in three college graduates are “underemployed,” or working in jobs that don’t use their skills. That’s according to a 2017 study from the New York Federal Reserve. As Closer Look’s ‘Paycheck to Paycheck’ series continues, we talk to recent college graduates who understand this struggle firsthand. Joining us in studio are Laina Burgess, a 2015 Georgia State University grad; Akua Kumi-Ansu, a 2018 University of Georgia grad; and Magnolia Triplett, a 2017 University of Georgia grad.
  • 26:56: According to a new report, Atlanta was at the top in 2016 for showing some of the highest rates nationally for income inequality. This comes from a recent report by The Brookings Institution, which examined household income inequality trends in 100 metropolitan areas across the US. Closer Look recently launched a new series titled “Paycheck to Paycheck” where we take a look at how folks are living right here in Georgia and the metro Atlanta area. We revisit a conversation about the report with Alan Berube, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director for the Metropolitan Policy Program for The Brookings Institution.
  • 35:30: Research last year from the Joint Center on Housing Studies at Harvard revealed a massive migration of poverty in Atlanta. The study found the number of high poverty suburban neighborhoods had tripled between 2000 and 2015. What’s at the root of this suburbanization of poverty, and what risks are there if this trend continues? And how different are the metrics among all the neighborhoods surrounding Atlanta? We ask these questions and more with Mike Alexander, director for the Center for Livable Communities at the Atlanta Regional Commission, and Courtney Anderson, professor of law at Georgia State University.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock, Trevor Young, and Grace Walker.