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

Households In Georgia And Nationwide Face Eviction Crisis Amid The Pandemic

First, Corianne Payton Scally, a principal research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, discusses the findings of a new analysis that finds one in four United States rental units were covered by he CARES Act eviction moratorium.

Then, Dan Immergluck, a professor in the Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University, discusses how the pandemic has affected affordable housing in Georgia, as well as his recommendations for solutions at the state and federal level.

And finally, a roundtable of guests including Don Coleman, co-managing attorney at Atlanta Legal Aid, Alison Johnson, executive director of the Housing Justice League, and Georgia Legal Services eviction prevention director Susan Reif, share what they are hearing directly from tenants and landlords across the city and state.

High School Sports Are Expected To Happen This Fall, With Restrictions

Plus, Pam Tatum, CEO Quality Care for Children CEO Pam Tatum shares some of the challenges childcare workers are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

And, Kristin Lewis, director of Measure America, discusses the the findings of a new report, “A Decade Undone: Youth Disconnection in the Age of Coronavirus.”

APS Superintendent Shares What To Expect On The First, Virtual Day Back To School

Ed Chang, executive director of redefined atlanta and Dr. Kenneth Zeff, executive director of Learn4Life, discuss the findings of a new report that measure COVID-19’s impact on student achievement in the metro Atlanta area.

South Atlanta Community Leaders Discuss District Representation From City Council

Plus, Atlanta Dream point guard and WNBA champion Renee Montgomery shares why she’s sitting out this basketball season to focus on social justice issues.

GSU President Responds To Black Faculty Members’ Calls For New Policies

Plus, Agnes Scott College will begin the fall academic semester remotely. Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Christine Cozzens discusses the college’s plans.

More Than 200 Black Georgia State University Faculty Sign Letter Calling For A More Inclusive Campus

Plus, Margaret Huang, new president and C-E-O of the Southern Poverty Law Center shares her her goals for the organization amid protests, the pandemic, and recent internal changes within the nonprofit. 

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