This is a newsmagazine featuring the key stories of the day that are relevant to you.  It’s a community forum for and about metro Atlanta. Host Rose Scott knows the ins and outs of covering news important around Atlanta.

She’ll lead discussions on the issues that impact where we live. WABE’s news team is going into metro Atlanta neighborhoods to provide context, storytelling and a sense of place. You’ll hear not only from the biggest newsmakers, but also from folks who don’t often get a voice.

“Closer Look” features a mix of local national and international stories and interviews. It’s an interactive space to share ideas and dig deeper into issues. It’s not just about Atlanta; it’s a program for Atlanta.

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Neuropsychologist Discusses COVID Brain Fog & New Study; Airbnb Prepares For Summer Travel; Clayton State University Student Discusses Plans After Graduation

Dr. Faith Gunning, a psychologist and the vice-chair of Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine, joins “Closer Look” to discuss why some people experience brain fog after recovering from COVID-19 and a new study she’s conducting to see if a prescription video game could be an effective form of treatment. Plus, Ben Breit, a public affairs representative at Airbnb, discusses Summer of Responsible Travel, an 8-point plan to help hosts and guests stay safe amid the pandemic as travel returns and the demand for short-term home rentals increase during the summer. Lastly, Rose talks with Clayton State University student André Lagoueyte to kick off this year’s “Road To Graduation” series.

Closer Look: Campus Carry; College Football Championship Financial Impact; And More

Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott:”

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on Governor Nathan Deal’s declaration of a state of emergency for 28 Georgia counties due to the cold weather. Also, the funeral for longtime Atlanta news anchor Amanda Davis was held earlier today at Cascade United Methodist Church.Davis died last week after suffering a massive stroke.
  • 2:51: Legal analyst Page Pate joins us in studio to discuss the biggest legal stories of 2017 – and what’s to come in 2018.
  • 25:29: The College Football Playoff National Championship game will take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Monday. As the championship nears, Closer Look will feature a series of segments about the game and how hosting it impacts Atlanta. First up, how much money will flow into the local economy? We’ll go inside the projected numbers with Marcelle English, Co-Owner and Director of Marketing and Brand Communications for Jersey Girl Sports.
  • 41:17: Health care was a major topic in 2017 and will continue to be in 2018. We look at the final Obamacare enrollment numbers, the potential impact of the Republicans repealing the individual mandate, and get an outlook for 2018. A conversation with Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for A Healthy Future.

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Closer Look: Women in Georgia Politics

Friday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

In December, 19 of the state’s 27 runoff contests were won by women. In this special edition of Closer Look we hear from several of the women lawmakers who will be newly sworn in next year.

  • 0:00: First up, a conversation with Atlanta City Council President-Elect Felicia Moore about her nearly 20 year career serving as a city council-member, working with the administration of Mayor-Elect Keisha Lance Bottoms and her vision and priorities for the city council.
  • 19:28: Representative-elect, Bee Nguyen, is the first Vietnamese America to be elected to the Georgia legislature. Nguyen talks about her historic victory, how her time as a community activist will inform her priorities as a legislator.
  • 32:24: Deana Holiday Ingraham is the new mayor-elect of the city of East Point. Ingraham discusses the city’s history with utility rate issues, ethics and transparency and her vision for its future.

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Closer Look: The Year In Review

Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

In this special edition of Closer Look we review some of the biggest local and national stories of 2017 including accounts of sexual harassment, and assault, perpetrated by public figures in Hollywood, the media industry and politics. Also, we revisit conversations on the Las Vegas massacre, efforts to combat the nation’s opioid crisis, the collapse of the I-85 bridge, and the Atlanta Falcons disappointing loss in Superbowl 51 against the New England Patriots.

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Closer Look: The Top Stories of 2017

Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Whether it’s the entertainment and media industry or politics, allegations of sexual harassment and assault against public figures have continued to dominate news headlines. A look back at the impact of the national conversation on sexual harassment this year and what it means going forward with Stephen Paskoff, founder of the Atlanta-based company ELI, which helps businesses address uncivil behaviors and maintain workplace compliance.
  • 21:58: Earlier this year it was allegations of sexual assault and harassment against film producer Harvey Weinstein that sparked a national dialogue. We revisit a roundtable discussion on sexual harassment with women in Georgia’s film industry including film producer Fran Burst-Terranella, President of Women in Film and Television Cheryl Jenkins, Film Atlanta attorney and actress Laura Lundy, and stunt performer Jazzy Ellis.
  • 39:46: We review the biggest national, and local, stories of 2017 with a roundtable of journalists including Stan Washington, senior writer for the Atlanta Voice; Gina Sandoval, news director/executive producer for Telemundo; and Dan Whisenhunt, founder and editor of Decaturish and AtlantaLoop.

Closer Look: Mayor Kasim Reed

Friday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • Mayor Kasim Reed joins us in studio for this full-hour special. We’ll hear the mayor’s thoughts on successful initiatives, the recent airport power outage, as well as battles he had during his time in office. As Mayor Reed’s term comes to a close, we’ll also take a look at how he sees his legacy, and what his next chapter may be.

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Closer Look: Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality; Holiday Shipping Delays; And More

Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott:”

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief on the Georgia Public Service Commission’s vote on the future of the construction for the two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle. Plus, former Atlanta Mayoral candidate Mary Norwood has conceded in this month’s run-off race against her opponent, now Mayor-elect, Keisha Lance Bottoms.
  • 3:46: Black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers – one of the widest of all racial disparities in women’s health – according to the CDC. A new report with NPR and ProPublica examines the racial disparities in maternal mortality and we speak with one of the reporters on the project, Nina Martin.
  • 24:22: This holiday season, UPS expects to deliver 750 million packages. But due to record-setting online shopping, major shippers like UPS and DHL have already experienced delays in delivering packages to customers. We talk to shipping expert John Haber, who worked at UPS for 10 years, about the cause of the delays.
  • 40:54: The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018 is here. The 2018 guide chronicles the most notable people, places, and events of 2017, along with a wealth of fascinating facts and statistics that aren’t publicly available anywhere else. We’ll speak with Sarah Janssen, senior editor of the The World Almanac, about its history, the information it contains, and why it’s an excellent resource for the upcoming year.

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