This Year on WABE: 2023

2023 was a big year for WABE! We celebrated our 75th anniversary as a radio station, and launched WABE Studios with a whole new slate of podcasts and video content. The WABE Newsroom covered the most important issues to Atlantans while highlighting how consequential Georgia remains in the national news sphere. Here are just a handful of stories, photos, television and podcasts we think stand out from this past year.

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Georgia V. Trump

A Fulton County grand jury indicted former President Donald Trump and 18 others in a case related to efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. Georgia’s RICO law is the foundation of the 41-count indictment, in which D.A. Fani Willis alleges the defendants conspired to unlawfully change the outcome of the election in favor of Trump.

Conflict in the South River Forest

The conflict surrounding the controversial Atlanta Public Safety Training Center opponents have dubbed “Cop City” continues. 2023 saw the death of protester named Manuel “Tortuguita” Terán by a Georgia State Trooper, 61 other protesters indicted on RICO charges, a referendum campaign now stuck in legal limbo after garnering over 100,000 signatures from those who oppose the center and much more.

Beyond Pride

To take a deeper look at the issues affecting LGBTQ people in Georgia, a team of WABE reporters worked on a series of feature stories throughout June and beyond. This is a look behind the headlines.

Watch for the Hook

There’s no better example of Atlanta’s impression on mainstream pop culture than its rich past, present and definitive future shaping the world of hip-hop music. In the East Coast/West Coast hip-hop debate, ATL often gets overlooked but make no mistake — the South’s got something to say.

Remembering Rosalynn Carter

Rosalynn Carter, wife of former president Jimmy Carter, lifelong mental health advocate and co-founder of the Atlanta-based Carter Center, died at age 96 at her home in Plains, Ga. on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023.
Carter was a trailblazer in leading more than five decades of national advocacy for mental health awareness, destigmatization and policy reform –– a cause she picked up as the first lady of Georgia, carried on as first lady of the United States and continued championing as a private citizen through her work at The Carter Center.


WABE Politics Desk


WABE Health Reporter

Jess Mador


WABE Environment Desk


WABE Education Reporter

Juma Sei


WABE Immigration Reporter

Emily Wu Pearson


WABE Business Reporter

Marlon Hyde


WABE Southside Reporter

DorMiya Vance

WABE Reporter

Julien Virgin

Criminal Justice

WABE Criminal Justice Reporter

Chamian Cruz


WABE Housing Reporter

Stephannie Stokes



Closer Look with Rose Scott

Closer Look with Rose Scott” brings you the issues that impact where we live, how we interact, and how we can all thrive. It’s not just about Atlanta; it’s a program for Atlanta. Rose connects with community leaders, CEOs, policymakers, and people who don’t often get a platform, and she brings you in on the conversation.

City Lights with Lois Reitzes

City Lights” explores the creative fabric of Atlanta – our expressive, diverse, influential city. WABE host Lois Reitzes covers pop culture, music, theater, dance, visual arts, food and more.


Political Breakfast

Every Wednesday morning on “Political Breakfast“, veteran Atlanta journalist Lisa Rayam, Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson and Republican strategist Brian Robinson deliver Georgia’s best analysis of local politics with a weekly dose of informed, respectful and lively discussion.

The Brief

The Brief” from WABE brings you daily news with context from Atlanta’s public media outlet and NPR member station. Updated daily before 7 p.m. with a look at what is happening in the metro Atlanta area brought to you by your WABE News Team.

Week in Review

Each week, WABE’s managing editor Alex Helmick takes a look at the work from his team of award-winning reporters, producers and hosts.

The Boom

From WABE Studios, “The Boom” is a weekly look at Atlanta’s growing film and television industry, through trending topics and origin stories of local filmmakers, cast, and crew. Hosted by entertainment and culture reporter Jewel Wicker.


Wake Up & Create

“Wake Up & Create” features curated excerpts from the CreativeMornings Atlanta speaker archives, diving into a short selection of the most powerful, insightful, and light-hearted stories from our speakers. Listen in for inspiration and a jumpstart to your day from Atlanta-based creatives, entrepreneurs, doers, and thinkers.

On Leadership

An insightful exchange with Atlanta leaders about industry, innovation and lessons on achieving success.

How Do You Atlanta?

From WABE and Rough Draft, “How Do You Atlanta?” keeps you up to date on what’s happening in and around the city. Every Thursday, join Rough Draft’s Sammie Purcell and WABE contributor Mike Jordan as they preview their picks for the top upcoming events in Atlanta.

WABE Studios presents:

(re)Defining History

Uncovering the 1906 Atlanta Race Massacre

Sounds Like ATL

The Spelman College Glee Club at Serenbe

Season 2 coming soon!

The NEXT Movement