WABE 90.1 Announces Local Reporting Fellow for ‘Guns & America’ National Reporting Collaborative

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Two-Year Collaborative Includes 10 Multimedia Journalists Across Country

WABE announced today it has hired Lisa Hagen as a member of the inaugural cohort of Audion Fellows, who will spend two years reporting on the role of guns in American life as part of a new national “Guns & America” reporting collaborative. All 10 fellows have been hired by participating public newsrooms across the country.

Lisa Hagen has been reporting on criminal and social Justice in Georgia since joining WABE in 2015.  She’s an award winning journalist who has covered stories ranging from criminal justice reform and police shootings to confederate flag rallies and campus carry policy.  She will be WABE’s Guns in America fellow, covering gun culture and violence.

“We are excited that journalists like Lisa Hagen are taking on this complex topic.  She will add the important perspective of Atlanta and the South to this national project” said Wonya Lucas, CEO of Public Broadcasting Atlanta.

Supported by a $5.3 million grant from The Kendeda Fund, the Audion Fellowship will provide ongoing professional development training to participants to foster a diverse new generation of multimedia public media journalists. The first fellow’s class sets the model for the program – providing in-depth, nuanced fair reporting across digital, radio and print platforms on a topic of national importance.

“To fairly cover a topic as complex as guns in America, it’s essential to hear from communities that reflect the full spectrum of relationships to firearms,” said Andi McDaniel, senior director of content and news, at WAMU, the lead station for the initiative. “Thanks to our public media partners, Guns & America will surface stories from rural and urban communities of all political shades, with a wide range of relationships to gun ownership and regulation. By participating, WABE will bring Atlanta’s stories to a national audience.”

To learn more about the fellows and follow their reporting, visit gunsandamerica.org.


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