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: The Plight Of Rohingya In Myanmar; And More

Friday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00 In 2015, construction workers discovered the remains of 105 people buried underneath a parking lot at the University of Georgia, 30 of the remains were well-preserved, and are believed to be that of slaves. University of Georgia’s Director of Center for Geospatial Research Dr. Marguerite Madden, talks about a project where the public can visualize the conditions and environment of these enslaved people.
  • 18:24: More than 400,000 Rohingya people have fled violence in Myanmar, a region in Southeast Asia, as violent attacks escalate. We hear from Mohammed Ayub, Rohingya refugee, living in Clarkston, Georgia. Spelman College professor Tinaz Pavri explains more about the ethnic tension in Myanmar.
  • 37:49: A look at the impact of lead poisoning with WebMD’s Brenda Goodman and Georgia Health News’ Andy Miller. The two organizations have partnered for a series focused on lead in Georgia.

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Closer Look: Georgia Recovers From Tropical Storm Irma

Tuesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on recovery efforts across the state following after Hurricane- turned-Tropical Storm Irma hit Georgia.
  • 5:48: More than one million people were without power as tropical storm Irma hit Georgia, we get an update from Georgia Power spokeswoman Adrienne Tickle.
  • 9:13: A look at the latest on flight travel at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport spokesperson, Andrew Gobeil, explains when flights will resume.
  • 16:40: The personal information of 143 million Americans has been exposed to hackers through a data breach with credit reporting agency, Equifax. Roy Hadley Jr., a cybersecurity expert and attorney weighs in. Also joining the conversation, Tom Smith, an economist and professor at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
  • 38:36: As Tropical Storm Irma hit, many stayed home due to safety concerns, including the local nonprofit, Open Hand, which prepares and delivers, 5,000 meals per day to Atlantans in need. It closed its doors yesterday, but today they are open as Kari Morrison, director of volunteer services at Open Hand explains.
  • 44:05: Residents Stephen Perras and Zack Raby talk about their efforts to help their neighbors impacted by tropical storm Irma. Perras and Raby are part of a group of residents who have helped remove tree debris, and patch up leaky homes following the storm.

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Closer Look: Ga. Prepares for Hurricane Irma; And More

Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has expanded a state of emergency to 24 additional counties, in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. WABE senior editor, Susanna Capelouto, gives us the latest on Hurricane Irma, including a mandatory evacuation for some areas, to begin on Saturday.
  • 6:13: A look at how Hurricane Irma is affecting travel plans at the world’s busiest airport. Andrew Gobeil, spokesperson for Hartsfield-Jackson, talks preparations for flight travel.
  • 13:38: When natural disasters occur, journalists around the country travel to affected areas to report what’s happening. A conversation with Mike Oreskes, vice president of news for National Public Radio about how, and when, NPR deploys its reporter to cover natural disasters like tropical storm Harvey.
  • 26:00: Downtown Atlanta is on the verge of a major revitalization, from the newly-opened Mercedes-Benz stadium to plans to redevelop Underground Atlanta. A look at the German based company, Newport Holdings, which recently acquired 50 properties in Downtown Atlanta. The company’s Vice President of Development, Katherine Kelly, talks about the company’s vision for downtown Atlanta.
  • 37:38: After two years of negotiations, the city of Atlanta has sold the Underground, a mall in downtown Atlanta, to South Carolina Developers WRS Real Estate Investments. A conversation with Steve Howe, vice president and chief operating officer of WRS and urban planner, Demetri Baches, about plans for the area.

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Closer Look: Keith Parker Talks About His Decision To Step Down As MARTA CEO

Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on Hurricane Irma.
  • 1:41: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, or MARTA, CEO and General Manager, Keith Parker, is stepping down from his post after five years. Parker talks about what’s next for him. MARTA Chairman Robbie Ashe joins the conversation to talk about the agency’s future.
  • 28:03: The Trump administration has rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Alma, a student at Freedom University, with DACA protection, shares her personal story. Freedom University was founded, in part, by undocumented students. Executive Director Laura Emiko Soltis tells us how she is advising DACA students following the White House’s decision.
  • 43:42: Peachtree Pine, Atlanta’s largest homeless shelter, is closing its doors after years of legal battles with the city. Executive Director of Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, Carl Hartrampf, tells us about what’s next for the shelter and their transition.

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Closer Look In The Community: Eventide Brewing In Grant Park

Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

This is a special edition of “Closer Look” taped at Eventide Brewing in the Grant Park neighborhood. It kicks off our series “Closer Look in the Community” where we focus on the issues important to Atlanta’s neighborhoods.

Rose Scott speaks to Nathan Cowan and Geoffrey Williams, co-founders of Eventide Brewing; Councilmember for District 1, Carla Smith; COO of the Beacon Atlanta, Will Joiner; and Secretary for NPU-W, Jim Voris.

Closer Look: Transforming Atlanta’s Westside Neighborhood


Friday on a special edition of “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: “Closer Look” looks at the Transform Westside Summit, held on the first and third Friday of each month. The forums were developed to bring together all stakeholders involved in revitalizing Atlanta’s Westside. At the May summit, Rose Scott moderated a conversation with Atlanta CEOs and philanthropists Arthur Blank, CEO of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and owner of Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC, and Chick-fil-A President and CEO Dan Cathy, discussing why their brands are involved with transforming the Westside;
  • 30:29: “Closer Look” continues with a one-on-one interview between Rose Scott and Arthur Blank, speaking in further detail about the opening of Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium and what it means for the surrounding communities;
  • 40:58: “Closer Look” went on a behind-the-scenes tour of the new stadium and sat down with Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler, discussing how the luxury vehicle maker is going beyond its global brand and collaborating with community initiatives.

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