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

Mourners Pay Respects To Rayshard Brooks At Ebenezer Baptist Church In Atlanta

We hear from WABE reporter Emily Green live on the scene at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Plus, Natosha Reid Rice, the founder of Fresh Rain for Life Ministries and minister for public life at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, discusses the growing need for racial reconciliation.

Agnes Scott President Talks Plans For Students This Fall Semester

Plus, we revisit last week’s conversation with Samuel Lee Reid, executive director of Atlanta’s Citizen Review Board. Also, a conversation with Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robb Pitts, who addresses his decision to form a election task force to address voting problems.

Georgia Dreamers Respond to the Supreme Court’s Ruling On DACA

Then, local immigration attorney and founder of the firm Owings MacNorlin Immigration Law firm, Sarah Owings, provides analysis of what this ruling means AND what’s to come. Plus, Representative Brenda Lopez Romero shares her reaction to the high court’s ruling. And, finally, there are marches and events happening around the city and state today to commemorate the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth.

Legal Analyst Examines The Charges Brought Against Officers Involved In Rayshard Brook’s Shooting Death

Plus, former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes weighs in on proposed hate crime legislation in Georgia. And finally, veteran law enforcement officer Marvin Reddick discusses the ‘blue wall,’ and the reforms he would like to see in law enforcement.

Atlanta Citizen Review Board Could See New Powers Under Proposed City Legislation

Plus, this Sunday, “Closer Look” was on the scene at the Wendy’s on University Avenue as community members gathered in response to the death of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, who was fatally shot by an Atlanta police officer on Friday. Today, we’ll hear from community members calling for change in light of Brooks’ death, as well as local representatives and lawmakers including Atlanta City Council Member Joyce Sheperd and state lawmakers Rep. Park Cannon, Sen. Nan Orrock.

Atlanta Mayor & City Council Announce Plans To Reform The City’s Police Force

Also, Yusef Salaam, a member of the “Exonerated Five,” reflects on current protests, the shooting of Rayshard Brooks and his vision for police reform. Plus, we hear part-two of yesterday’s conversation on effective de-escalation training. 

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