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

Remembering Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron

Several guests join “Closer Look” to reflect on Aaron’s life and legacy. Rose talks with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, CJ Stewart, a former Chicago Cubs outfielder, Atlanta Technical College Dr. Victoria Seals and Doug Shipman, a Kingian Nonviolence scholar, the founding CEO of The National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Closer Look: College Football National Championship Predictions; Fan Roundtable; And More

Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott:”

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on the weather forecast for the metro Atlanta area. Also, the U.S. Supreme Court has halted the execution of Georgia death row inmate Keith Tharpe. Attorneys for Tharpe say racial bias played a part in his trial. The case will now head back to the federal appeals court in Atlanta.
  • 3:42: In advance of tonight’s College Football National Championship game, a winter weather advisory was in effect throughout this afternoon. A look at how GDOT is preparing the roads with spokesperson Natalie Dale.
  • 9:00: We continue to look at how the city’s preparing for tonight’s game, and with thousands expected to be in attendance many people might choose MARTA to get around town. MARTA’s acting senior director of communications, Stephany Fisher, talks about the transit agency’s preparations.
  • 17:09: Tonight, it’s the Georgia Bulldogs vs. Alabama Crimson Tide. Regular sports contributors Marcelle English and Brian Jones join us in studio to discuss the upcoming game, and talk predictions.
  • 34:18: Are you a dawg or do you roll tide? We’ll have fans for both Georgia and Alabama in studio. Can they get along? And how well do they know their team?
Alabama fans Jennifer and Chryston and Georgia fans Grant and Evan. (Emilia Brock/WABE)

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Closer Look: Lyft Plans for NCAA Game; 2018 Cyber Security; And More

Friday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott:”

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on how the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International, is preparing for travelers headed to Atlanta for Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship game.
  • 3:05: Saturday is National Technology Day. After all of the data breaches and cyber-attacks that made headlines last year, we’ll talk cybersecurity for 2018. University of Georgia Associate Professor and tech thought leader Dr. Dave Chatterjee joins us in studio.
  • 22:05: Healthcare continues to be a major issue for the nation. With many unsure about the fate of the Affordable Care Act beyond 2018, what role can community hospitals play in all of this? A conversation with Dr. Ninfa Saunders, the chairwoman of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals and CEO of Navicent Health.
  • 39:24: Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship game and Presidential motorcade will make traffic tough. If you’re not driving yourself, or taking public transportation, you may be thinking about using a ride-sharing service. But will your ride cost as much as a ticket to the game? We’ll ask General Manager for Lyft Southeast, Sam Bond, and find out what the company has planned for Monday’s event.
  • 48:00: It’s been reported that this College Football Championship could have the biggest economic impact, the most expensive tickets, and the greatest level of fan interest of any college football game ever played. The boost in tourism means a boost to Atlanta’s local economy. We speak with Mark Vaughan, executive vice president and chief sales officer of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, to learn more.

Closer Look: President Trump to Attend NCAA Game; SunTrust CFO Aleem Gillani; And More

Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott:”

  • 0:00: The College Football National Championship game will draw a lot of visitors to Atlanta for Monday’s game – including President Donald Trump. Retired secret service agent Ray Moore joins us in studio to discuss priorities and challenges the secret service will face in last-minute security planning for the president’s visit.
  • 17:53: Now that President Trump has signed the new GOP tax plan, an Atlanta-based banking giant pledges changes as a result. SunTrust says it will raise its minimum wage and create a $50 million Community Fund. SunTrust’s Chief Financial Officer Aleem Gillani explains why.
  • 39:04: Social media has provided activist movements with fast and viable ways to share their messages and spread the word. We speak with Yalanda Lattimore, founder of Dryerbuzz.com and regular social media contributor, about the major social media activism moments of 2017, and get a look forward into 2018.

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Closer Look: Campus Carry; College Football Championship Financial Impact; And More

Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott:”

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on Governor Nathan Deal’s declaration of a state of emergency for 28 Georgia counties due to the cold weather. Also, the funeral for longtime Atlanta news anchor Amanda Davis was held earlier today at Cascade United Methodist Church.Davis died last week after suffering a massive stroke.
  • 2:51: Legal analyst Page Pate joins us in studio to discuss the biggest legal stories of 2017 – and what’s to come in 2018.
  • 25:29: The College Football Playoff National Championship game will take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Monday. As the championship nears, Closer Look will feature a series of segments about the game and how hosting it impacts Atlanta. First up, how much money will flow into the local economy? We’ll go inside the projected numbers with Marcelle English, Co-Owner and Director of Marketing and Brand Communications for Jersey Girl Sports.
  • 41:17: Health care was a major topic in 2017 and will continue to be in 2018. We look at the final Obamacare enrollment numbers, the potential impact of the Republicans repealing the individual mandate, and get an outlook for 2018. A conversation with Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for A Healthy Future.

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Closer Look: Women in Georgia Politics

Friday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

In December, 19 of the state’s 27 runoff contests were won by women. In this special edition of Closer Look we hear from several of the women lawmakers who will be newly sworn in next year.

  • 0:00: First up, a conversation with Atlanta City Council President-Elect Felicia Moore about her nearly 20 year career serving as a city council-member, working with the administration of Mayor-Elect Keisha Lance Bottoms and her vision and priorities for the city council.
  • 19:28: Representative-elect, Bee Nguyen, is the first Vietnamese America to be elected to the Georgia legislature. Nguyen talks about her historic victory, how her time as a community activist will inform her priorities as a legislator.
  • 32:24: Deana Holiday Ingraham is the new mayor-elect of the city of East Point. Ingraham discusses the city’s history with utility rate issues, ethics and transparency and her vision for its future.

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Closer Look: The Year In Review

Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

In this special edition of Closer Look we review some of the biggest local and national stories of 2017 including accounts of sexual harassment, and assault, perpetrated by public figures in Hollywood, the media industry and politics. Also, we revisit conversations on the Las Vegas massacre, efforts to combat the nation’s opioid crisis, the collapse of the I-85 bridge, and the Atlanta Falcons disappointing loss in Superbowl 51 against the New England Patriots.

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