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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Stacey Abrams Seeks Georgia’s Highest Office; Pfizer Vaccines Now Available For Younger Children; Third-Party Candidates Need Fewer Signatures

Just days after her big announcement, Stacey Abrams talks with Rose about why she’s running to be Georgia’s next governor.

Plus, Emory’s Dr. Andi Shane discusses COVID vaccination for children ages 5 and older.

Lastly, Tammy Greer, an assistant professor of political science at Clark Atlanta University, shares her thoughts about third-party candidates now being allowed to collect fewer signatures to run for elected offices in Georgia.

Stacey Abrams Running To Be Georgia’s Next Governor; Cobb County Residents Want To Create A New City; Navigating Christmas Tree Shortage Amid Holiday Season

Stacey Abrams announced Wednesday that she’s running to be the next governor of Georgia. Fred Hicks, an Atlanta-based political strategist and analyst, discusses what a possible rematch between Abrams and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp could look like.

Plus, Rose talks with Craig Chapin about the East Cobb Cityhood and Matt Bowman, the owner of Tradition Trees in Little Five Points, about this year’s Christmas tree shortage. 

City of Atlanta Working To Combat Climate Change; Local Police Officers Learn Jiu-Jitsu

Shelby Buso, the chief sustainability officer for the city of Atlanta, discusses the Solar Atlanta Program and how the new initiative will help the city combat climate change.

Plus, Major Jake King of the Marietta Police Department talks about launching the Jiu-Jitsu training program at the department and how the martial arts training is expected to help reduce use-of-force injuries. 

Jury Finds All 3 Men Accused of Killing Ahmaud Arbery Guilty of Murder

Wednesday afternoon, on the second day of deliberations, a Glynn County jury found all three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery guilty of murder. Travis McMichael, who shot Arbery on Feb.23,220, was found guilty on all nine counts. His father, Gregory McMichael, was found guilty on eight counts. The McMichael’s neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, who captured Arbery murder on video, was found guilty on 6 counts. All three men face minimum sentences of life in prison.

On Wednesday’s edition of the “Closer Look,” program host Rose Scott has reaction from the courthouse and state and local leaders. Scott also talks with Hank Klibanoff, an Emory University professor, veteran journalist, and the host of the WABE podcast Buried Truths,” which investigates the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, about the verdict.

MUST Ministries Gears Up To Help Families This Holiday Season; Atlanta’s Mayoral Runoff Election Quickly Approaches

Dr. Dwight “Ike” Reighard, the president and CEO of MUST Ministries, discusses the nonprofits’ response amid the pandemic and how MUST is helping individuals and families this holiday season.

Fred Hicks, an Atlanta-based political strategist and analyst, discusses Atlanta’s upcoming mayoral runoff, election polls and a new congressional map recently approved by the Georgia General Assembly.

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