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.

Featured Episode

Can Georgia’s Voting Issues Be Fixed Before The Big Election?

Plus, election integrity advocate Marilyn Marks discusses the state’s new voting machines, cybersecurity and other concerns she has surrounding Georgia’s voting process.

Emory Epidemiologist Talks Pandemic’s Toll On Georgia’s Rural Communities

Plus, Jelani Favors, associate professor of history at Clayton State University and author of “Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism,” gives historical context to today’s Black Lives Matter protests.

Outgoing Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Reflects On Her Six-Year Journey

Plus, Fulton County and Atlanta Hawks officials announced plans today to create what they call ‘Georgia’s largest-ever voting location’ at State Farm Arena.

College Park Mayor Reflects On Her First Six Months In Office

Plus, WABE health reporter and host of the podcast “Did You Wash Your Hands?” Sam Whitehead provides an update on the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Georgia. And, in other health-related news, College Park-based celebrity photographer and director Derek Blanks shares his experience being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Fulton Elections Director Addresses Primary Voting Challenges

Fulton County Director of Registration and Elections Richard Barron discusses his plans for addressing voting challenges in this year’s upcoming elections. Plus, “Closer Look” meets Rebecca Serna, executive director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, on the BeltLine’s Eastside trail for a socially-distant conversation about how the pandemic has affected the city’s transportation landscape and traffic. And finally, Adam Roseman, co-founder and CEO of Steady, discusses the challenges gig workers are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project Welcomes A New Class Of Students

Plus, state librarian Julie Walker discusses the process of re-opening the states’ libraries. And, newly named President of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Katie Kirkpatrick shares her vision for the organization’s future.

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