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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Closer Look: MARTA CEO Jeffrey A. Parker; Journalist Eileen McNamara on Eunice Kennedy; And More

Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: The MARTA Board of Directors voted unanimously to confirm transit executive Jeffrey A. Parker as the authority’s new general manager and chief executive officer. What’s his vision for the transit agency and how does MARTA fit into regional plans for transit? Parker joins us in studio.
  • 23:07: Maribeth Simmons, a catheterization laboratory nurse in the cardiac care department of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is retiring after 41 years with the company. Rose speaks to Simmons during her retirement celebration, which took place yesterday.
  • 35:35: While her brothers John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy were being groomed by their father for political careers that would lead to the White House and the Senate, Eunice Kennedy was starting her own journey, one that would lead her to fight on behalf of millions of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Eileen McNamara, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of “Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World” joins us to talk about her book on the life of Eunice Kennedy and her family. We’ll also hear about the Kennedy family’s role in the civil rights movement and how the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, almost two months to the day after Dr. King’s assassination, shaped the year 1968.

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

Closer Look: China Tariffs Impact on Ga. Agriculture; Mayor Bottoms on Cabinet Resignations; And More

Tuesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief about a press conference from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms that will address transparency in Atlanta’s government, and about the indictment of a former city employee amid an ongoing investigation into corruption inside City Hall. Mitzi Bickers, who was the director of the city’s Department of Human Services under former Mayor Kasim Reed, faces 11 counts including conspiring to commit bribery, money-laundering and tax fraud. Prosecutors say she took more than $2 million in bribes from city contractors. Bickers pleaded not guilty last week. Three others have already pleaded guilty in the case – the city’s former procurement chief and two city contractors.
  • 2:30: A black Oldsmobile was the first car to roll off the assembly line at the General Motors plant in Doraville in November 1947. But the plant’s production days are long behind it. It shut down in 2008 – at the height of the nation’s economic meltdown. In 2014, the plant was sold for $50 million with a plan to re-purpose the site for mixed-use development. The Integral Group is spearheading the project. We get the latest from Egbert Perry, CEO of the Integral Group, and Matt Samuelson, COO for the Commercial Real Estate Division of the Integral Group.
  • 27:30: The Trump administration announced a proposal for 25 percent tariffs on imports of roughly 1,300 Chinese product lines valued at $50 billion, ranging from machinery to vaccines. Less than 24 hours later, China’s Ministry of Commerce revealed a list of 106 imports from the U.S. that will be subject to a 25 percent tariff, including soybeans, corn, and wheat. And now, additional tariffs are being considered – on both sides. As these talks of trade tariffs fly back and forth between China and the U.S., how could these tariffs impact the industries – in Georgia and across the country – that produce these goods? We’ll speak with Gary Black, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
  • 46:00: This afternoon, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms made a major announcement on transparency in Atlanta’s government. This was following a statement released by the Mayor saying, “I have asked for the resignation of all Cabinet members, and after further assessment will determine which resignations I will accept.” We listen in to the press conference to find out more about Mayor Bottoms’ efforts to evaluate leadership in her Administration.

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

Closer Look: Civil Rights Reporter Kathryn Johnson Recalls Time with The King Family; And More

Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how 50 years ago this day, the funeral for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took place. Today, a service inside the historic Ebenzer Baptist Church took place, followed by The March for Humanity. The March began in front of Ebenezer Baptist Church and is ending in a rally at the MLK statue outside the state capitol. Members of the King family and Gov. Nathan Deal are scheduled to speak.
  • 2:46: At the end of February, former Atlanta Braves first baseman and MLB All-Star Mark Teixeira, along with Urban Creek Partners Jimmy Barry and Joel Bowman, unveiled plans for Quarry Yards. How will this 70-acre mixed-use development, next to the Bankhead MARTA Station, fit into the existing neighborhood? Joel Bowman of Urban Creek Partners joins us in studio to tell us more.
  • 19:42: Our ATL68 series has featured those who knew or were influenced by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We hear stories and memories from Claire Sterk, Emory University President; Illya Davis, Professor of Philosophy and African-American studies at Morehouse College; and WABE’s own H. Johnson.
  • 30:49: Journalist Kathryn Johnson was one of the few women who covered the civil rights movement. And while a reporter for the Associated Press, she was welcomed into the circle of Dr. King. As our ATL68 series concludes, Kathryn Johnson recalls her time with the King family, and tells us about her book, “My Time with the Kings.”

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

Closer Look: Ga. Education Funding; SPLC’s ‘The Year in Hate and Extremism’; And More

Friday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute analyzes Georgia’s state budget, taxes and public policies to highlight solutions to improve the state’s public policies and build a more inclusive economy. Claire Suggs, senior education policy analyst with GBPI, joins us in studio to talk about Georgia’s education funding.
  • 16:43: The delegation in charge of searching for the location of Amazon’s HQ2 reportedly stopped in Atlanta last week, and visited eight sites around the city. We check in with our Amazon expert John Haber, CEO of Atlanta-based Spend Management Experts, about how Atlanta stacks up to the competition.
  • 33:43: The Southern Poverty Law Center has released its Spring 2018 Intelligence Report with a review of the “The Year In Hate and Extremism”. We speak to Heidi Beirich, director of SPLC’s Intelligence Project.
The Southern Poverty Law Center recently released its Spring 2018 Intelligence Report with a review of the “The Year In Hate and Extremism”. (Courtesy of Southern Poverty Law Center)

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

Closer Look: Georgia Tech’s WREK Celebrates 50 Years; RespectCon 2018; And More

Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief about the missing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employee, Timothy Cunningham. According to news reports, a body pulled from the Chattahoochee River has been identified as the Atlanta researcher. He was reported missing more than seven weeks ago and, according to the Atlanta Police Department, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the body as that of Cunningham. The 35-year-old epidemiologist was working for the chronic disease department of the CDC. He was last seen on Feb. 12, leaving his job. In a tweet from APD, a press conference regarding this investigation will be held at 2 p.m. at Atlanta Police Department Headquarters.
  • 1:56: Our ATL68 series continues with an excerpt from a previous conversation with Emory University’s Joe Crespino, Jimmy Carter Professor of History of 20th century American political history and southern history since reconstruction, about why Atlanta, unlike many other cities around the country, didn’t experience riots in the days following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4. Also, former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell shares his reflections on the days after Dr. King’s death.
  • 11:18: eSports, or E-gaming, is one of the fastest growing competitive game industries. But like many sports, it is largely male dominated; the audience for eSports is 85 percent male. But some Georgia schools are hoping to balance those scales by adding new opportunities for girls. The Georgia High School Association will offer two new programs next year: a wrestling program for girls, and e-sports program offered to all youths. We hear more from Robin Hines, executive director for the Georgia High School Association.
  • 29:17: RespectCon is a national conference that was created by Emory students to help foster conversations around the intersections of social justice with sexual assault prevention on college and university campuses. Now in its sixth year, RespectCon 2018 will be held April 6-7 at the Emory Conference Center. We’re joined by Wanda Swan, director of the Respect Program at Emory, and Erika Lyles, a grad student at Emory.
  • 46:12: Georgia Tech’s student run music radio station WREK celebrates 50 years on the air this week, and they’re celebrating with a concert and festival called WREKtacular. We get a tour of WREK to learn about the station’s past and present.
We get a tour of WREK to learn about the station’s past and present. (Jim Evans/WREK)

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

Closer Look: 50 Years Since The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. We revisit conversations and reflections from our ATL68 series remembering that day.
  • 17:51: As the nation mourned the death of Dr. King, the body of the Civil Rights leader was brought back to his home in Atlanta. His last sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church, a recording of his famous ‘Drum Major Instinct’ sermon, was played at the funeral on April 9. The private funeral was followed by a procession from Ebenezer Baptist Church to Morehouse College. Now, 50 years later, The King Center has organized a recreation of this funeral procession, which will take place on April 9, 2018. We speak with Reverend Jared Sawyer, who has been working to organize the march and drum up millennial support, and Rachel Parish, artistic director of Firehouse Creative Productions and creator of the Drum Major Project, which organized community engagement projects leading up to the reenactment.
  • 35:04: After his death, people from around the world came to visit Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s body at Spelman College. The woman playing the organ for those visitors was Dr. Joyce Johnson, professor emerita and Spelman College organist. We hear her reflections.
Dr. Joyce Johnson, professor emerita and Spelman College organist. (Candace Wheeler/WABE)

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