WABE’s “Coffee Conversations with Rose Scott” Returns Post-Pandemic

WABE “Closer Look” host Rose Scott’s popular community pop-up series to record live at Atlanta area coffee shops through June 2023.

(Atlanta) WABE, Atlanta’s choice for NPR and PBS, is extending the reach of its popular civic affairs show and podcast, “Closer Look with Rose Scott,” with a special series of live-broadcast tapings in community coffee shops across Atlanta.  

The return of “Coffee Conversations with Rose Scott” is sponsored by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. The series features Emmy Award–winning WABE host Rose Scott in conversation with civic leaders and residents talking matters that matter most to Atlanta monthly now through June 2023.   

“Our goal with ‘Closer Look’ is to provide a platform to amplify the many voices and stories that make Atlanta who she is,” said WABE Closer Look host Rose Scott. “’Coffee Conversations with Rose Scott’ series allows me the opportunity go out into our neighborhoods and hear from our audience direct about issues like affordable housing, community safety, transit challenges and more. I am so appreciative our partners at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta understand the value in having that two-way dialogue.”  

The first “Coffee Conversations with Rose Scott” of 2023 happens 1-2 p.m., Thursday, February 23 at UniTea And Coffee at 640 West (640 Evans St SW, Atlanta). 

Subsequent live broadcasts will take place the last Thursday of the month, through June.  

Upcoming “Coffee Conversations with Rose Scott:”

  • February 23: Unitea640 in the West End 
  • March 23: Java Jive in Midtown 
  • April 27: Wallers in Decatur 
  • May 25: TBD 
  • June 29: Buzz Coffee in Cascade 

According to Ayana Gabriel, Vice President of Community Impact for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, “The Community Foundation’s mission is to champion equity and shared prosperity for all who call our region home, and to lead boldly in collaboration with partners like WABE. These Coffee Conversations are collaborative, courageous conversations about issues affecting the communities we serve. We are thrilled to partner with WABE on this effort.” 

Visit wabe.org to listen to past “Coffee Conversations with Rose Scott” episodes on demand.  


WABE, formerly Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA), operates public media stations WABE (90.1FM) and WABE TV (Channel 30), Atlanta’s original, independent, non-profit sources for news and local stories and choice for NPR and PBS. Our stations deliver fact-based journalism and inclusive, engaging, cultural content that informs, inspires, reflects, and empowers the millions who call the Greater Atlanta area home. WABE’s programs, podcasts, and events make Atlanta’s stories and storytellers accessible and relevant across a variety of platforms for our diverse audience of listeners, viewers, visitors, and members. Go to www.wabe.org for additional information.