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The 6th District Debate: Handel vs. Ossoff
Hosted by Denis O’Hayer

Karen Handel (R) and John Ossoff (D) are meeting to debate the issues affecting the 6th District and their plans to address them. On Thursday, June 8 they’ll have a live, in-depth conversation moderated by WABE 90.1’s Denis O’Hayer.

The debate will be broadcast live on WABE 90.1 at 9 a.m. It will also stream live via WABE.org and on the WABE app. In addition, the debate will be televised on PBA30 that evening at 7 p.m. and will re-air on WABE at 7 p.m.


WABE 90.1 invites you to our Education Town Hall meeting, Tuesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Southwest Arts Center in Atlanta. The topic is the First Priority Act, a new law signed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

The law is aimed at improving schools and student performance. But what should parents, teachers and students expect? What is the role of the state’s new Chief Turnaround Officer? How will communities be involved?

Join education reporter Martha Dalton and a panel of education experts for an in-depth exploration of what happens next.

The panel of experts is:

  • Leah Austin, vice president of programs for the Southern Education Foundation
  • Leslie Hazle Bussey, deputy director of the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement
  • Michael O’Sullivan, executive director of Georgia Campaign for Achievement Now
  • State Rep. Valencia Stovall

We hope to see you there. Reserve your free seats here.


Monday, April 24 WABE returns to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library​ as we continue to follow national news from a local perspective.

WABE’s Denis O'Hayer will be joined by guest co-host and NPR national correspondent Debbie Elliott. Our distinguished panel will feature former Georgia Congressmen Buddy Darden and Lynn Westmoreland, and Emory political science professor Andra Gillespie, discussing the first 100 days of the new administration, the changing relationships among branches of government, and asking the question: how powerful should any American president be?

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After 21 years representing the metro area, Tom Price is moving to Washington. What does that mean for his district?

With the special election a few weeks away, we’ll learn more at WABE’s next community engagement event: Georgia's 6th District - High Stakes, Changing Times.

Denis O'Hayer hosts Michael Owens, chair of the Cobb County Democratic Party, longtime Republican political director Justin Tomczak and others to talk about the district and this race. Audiences will have the chance to discuss what they see in their neighborhoods, and ask one big question: what does the 6th want from a new representative?

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Immigration and border protection were talking points for President Donald Trump throughout the campaign, and now the president has signed a series of executive orders. They focus on suspending refugee resettlement, restricting travel from seven majority-Muslim countries, and building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The orders led to confusion and uncertainty around what happens next.

Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. WABE's immigration reporter Elly Yu will moderate a diverse panel to shed light on the immigrant vetting and entry process, to understand the legality of the executive orders. We’ll also hear from people in favor of stronger border protection. We'll take questions from the audience as we seek to understand this action and the affect it will have on Atlanta and our nation.

Join us Tuesday, Feb. 7 at WABE’s Studios for a special community engagement event: The State of Immigration.

Panelists Include:

  • Dr. Heval Kelli, Cardiology Fellow at Emory University School of Medicine, and former refugee
  • Bruce LeVell, Executive Director of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump
  • Brenda Lopez, Georgia House Representative, District 99 (D – Norcross)
  • Shana Tabak, Visiting Assistant Professor, Georgia State University College of Law

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