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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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: Mexico’s Ambassador; Young Voices of Atlanta; And More

Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: A conversation with Mexico’s Ambassador to the United States, Gerónimo Gutiérrez, about the relationship between U.S and Mexico, plus the current NAFTA negotiations.
  • 21:01: Kimora Hudson is the youngest student now attending the University of West Georgia. At just 13 years old she enrolled at the school this, fall and is now taking college course. Kimora and her mother Fawn Hudson joined Rose in studio.
  • 35:01: Rose speaks to a group of young entrepreneurs who recently won $10,000 in a global competition. Sherya Rekapali, Anushka Koratana and Ananya Ganesh talk about their prize winning invention “Chill Wipes”. Also, more about the organization behind the competition, the Indus Entrepreneurs networking organization (TiE), from its president Kanchana Raman

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Closer Look: Atlanta Mayoral Candidates Ceasar Mitchell And Laban King; And More

Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: We continue our series of one-on-one interviews with Atlanta mayoral candidates. Current Atlanta City Council president, Ceasar Mitchell, is vying to become the city’s next mayor. He joins Rose in-studio to talk about affordable housing, transit, education and more.
  • 23:05: All of Atlanta’s mayoral candidates say they have a plan for the city’s affordable housing crisis. We re-visit conversations with residents from Atlanta’s millennial and aging communities who have struggled to find housing that falls within their budgets.
  • 34:58: Laban King, a candidate in Atlanta’s mayoral race has announced he is ending his campaign. King who has previously worked in entertainment, real estate and as an entrepreneur explains his decision and talks more about his vision for the city of Atlanta.

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Closer Look: Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Peter Aman; Ga. Attorney General Chris Carr; And More

Tuesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: A conversation with Georgia’s Attorney General, Chris Carr. He rejoins Closer Look to talk about Equifax, where the hearing of its former CEO, Richard Smith, is underway, after the credit reporting bureau was hacked, compromising the personal information of at least 143-million consumers. AG Carr also addresses the opioid crisis, sex trafficking in Georgia and his bid for re-election.
  • 22:57: The nation is still learning more details from Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas — the deadliest mass shooting in modern history — where a gunman fired into a crowd of music festival attendees along the Las Vegas Strip, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 500. Prior to that, the nation was focused on natural disasters, like hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as it ravaged parts of the US. Dr. Melinda Page, clinical mental health counseling professor, offers guidance and suggestions to cope with these tragedies.
  • 35:57: Our series of one-on-one conversations with Atlanta mayoral candidates continues with mayoral candidate, and businessman, Peter Aman, who has served under two different city administrations.

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Closer Look: Atlanta Mayoral Candidates Michael Sterling And Rohit Ammanamanchi; And More

Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Last night a gunman fired into a crowd of music festival attendees along the Las Vegas Strip, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 500. The gunman, believed to be 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, who authorities say killed himself, fired upon the concert goers from a room inside the Mandalay Bay hotel, which was located across from the festival. The shooting is being called the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Local faith leaders, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Rev. Megan Johnson of the North Avenue Presbyterian church reflect on the events and discuss the role of faith leaders during these tragedies.
  • 15:49: Our series of one-on-one conversations with Atlanta mayoral candidates continues. Michael Sterling, former executive director of the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, talks about his vision for the city.
  • 36:07: Rohit Ammanamanchi is a civil engineer, recent Georgia Tech graduate and a candidate in the race to become Atlanta’s next mayor. Ammanamanchi tells us about his campaign.

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Closer Look: Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Vincent Fort; MARTA Crisis Training; And More

Friday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, Stephanie Mills, is in Atlanta for a concert this weekend. The musical icon talks to Rose Scott about her 40 year career in entertainment. Plus, local musicians Dara Carter and Rahbi, who were featured on our Summer Indie music series, play a tribute to Mills with their rendition of “Ease on Down the Road” from the Broadway musical “The Wiz,” which Mills starred in as Dorothy.
  • 25:50: MARTA’s police department is hosting the region’s largest emergency preparedness exercise this weekend. We learn more about the agency’s crisis training from Lt. Aston Greene, commander of the agency’s emergency preparedness unit.
  • 33:37: We continue our series of one-on-one conversations with Atlanta’s mayoral candidates with former Georgia State Senator Vincent Fort.

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Closer Look: Atlanta Mayoral Candidate John Eaves; Vote on Solar Tariff; And More

Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: The U.S International Trade Commission unanimously voted that imported solar products are hurting U.S. manufacturers, after two solar equipment manufacturers, Gwinnett-based Suniva and SolarWorld complained that imported solar products were putting U.S.-based solar companies at risk. We check in with James Marlow, president and co-founder of Radiance Solar, an Atlanta-based solar company, on how this vote affects his company as well as other solar companies in Georgia.
  • 19:58: Rose Scott speaks to DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson, who is in Washington, D.C., along with other members of the National Association of Counties (NACo), a bipartisan coalition, to speak out against Congress, which is potentially looking at modifying the State and Local Tax Deduction (SALT), as part of its tax reform plan. NACo believes this move could result in higher bills for taxpayers, even with a potential increase in the standard deduction, and consequently reduce county and local government revenues which will affect public service delivery.
  • 31:45:  Yesterday the U.S. Department of Justice gave its support to a free speech lawsuit against Georgia Gwinnett College. WABE’s Lisa Hagen reports on the suit, and why it may have drawn federal attention.
  • 33:23: Our series of one-on-one conversations with mayoral candidates continues with former Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves.

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