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Candace Wheeler

Reporter/Producer, Morning Edition

Candace Wheeler is a producer and reporter for Morning Edition at WABE.

She first got her start in journalism by writing arts and culture stories for her high school student newspaper. She then attended Spelman College, where she majored in Sociology, interned for several local publications and worked for the college’s monthly newsletter.

Following her graduation from Spelman in 2010, Candace attended New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Institute where she received her master’s degree in journalism. As a young reporter she took a host of internship and fellowship opportunities following graduation which included the Stone and Holt Weeks Fellowship in Washington, D.C. – An opportunity that allowed her to spend 6 months working as a local reporter at both the Washington Post and National Public Radio.

It was during her fellowship that she discovered a passion for public radio and she then returned to her hometown of Atlanta,  Georgia to pursue freelance opportunities and begin working at WABE.

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By 2040, 1.2 million adults, age 65 and older, will be living in metro Atlanta by 2040. That figure comes from a recent report by the Atlanta Regional Commission titled "Metro Atlanta's Senior Housing Shortage."

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Ryan Gravel discusses the current state and possible future for the Atlanta Beltline, as well as how it is helping to change and shape the view of the city, locally and abroad.
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Last year Ryan Gravel, the visionary behind the BeltLine, made headlines when he resigned from the board of the BeltLine partnership.

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At the time, Gravel cited concerns over housing costs as a motivation for his resignation. 

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Fewer than 1,000 affordable housing units were created along the BeltLine as of February of this year. That's according to a report released earlier this year which studied home price trends in the area.

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Dan Immergluck, a researcher at Georgia Tech, co-authored the study. While he focused on home prices, rising costs along the BeltLine have also affected renters.

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When construction on the BeltLine began, the city of Atlanta mandated that 5,600 affordable housing units be created over the life of the program.

So far, fewer than 1,000 units have been created. That's according to a study published earlier this year which looked at home price trends near the BeltLine from 2011 to 2015.


Located in Midtown, 10th & Juniper is one of 13 public housing assisted residential properties owned and operated by the Atlanta Housing Authority. Eleven of those 13 properties are senior high-rise communities and the other two are small family communities. 

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In January the Atlanta Board of Education announced a task force that would focus on affordable housing. Their purpose? To explore the possibility of re-purposing surplus APS facilities into affordable housing units. 

The task force is made up of both business and community leaders. To find out more about their mission, "Closer Look" hosts Rose Scott and Jim Burress spoke to Nathaniel Smith, chairman of the Affordable Housing task force. He's also the founder and chief equity officer for the Atlanta based, nonprofit the Partnership for Southern Equity.

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Atlanta long has had a reputation for affordable housing. Compared to the national average, the city is still one of the most affordable, large metro areas.

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Last year the average Fulton County homeowner spent about 25.8 percent of their income on housing, that's according to RealtyTrac, a website that tracks home price trends.

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Renters will pay $975 to $1,050 for a Gwinnett County two-bedroom apartment with a pool, $1,100 for a Buckhead one-bedroom apartment with a workout facility, and $1,100 to $1,200 for a two-bedroom apartment for students near the Emory campus.

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This is what the rental market looks like here in Atlanta, according to John Parent, the manager of the PROMOVE location on North Druid Hills Road.


The term "affordable" can take on different meanings depending on whom you ask. Also, quality and affordability are not always one in the same. That's something Mechanicsville Cityside is trying to change. It's an entire neighborhood in Southwest Atlanta designed to provide low-income families with the chance to own their own home. 

In this installment of "Closer Look's" affordable housing series, co-host Jim Burress visits the neighborhood to learn how public-private partnerships and tax credits, make this possible.

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For the past two decades, Anne (who chose not to give her last name because she fears retribution from her landlord) has lived in the same two-bedroom apartment in Buckhead. It's a brick building just off of Peachtree Street. In 1995, Anne began renting her apartment for just $600 per month. Now, 22 years later, her rent has increased and she is concerned about her ability to stay there.

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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks in 1964.
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This program is a special edition of "Closer Look" reflecting on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Emory University's James Weldon Johnson Institute for the study of Race and Difference.

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Employees raised $70,000 for this year’s gift giveaway, which continues this 30-year tradition of providing presents for the children of families in need.  New to this year’s giveaway are tablets that some children will receive.
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Earlier this year Atlanta finally launched its bike share program, with 100 bikes spread among 22 stations midtown and downtown. Supporters of the program see it as a way to promote another transportation option in what is becoming a more dense and walkable urban area, and now the city is pushing to expand bike share to the Westside.

The hub for Atlanta’s bike share is already in the Westside. The warehouse where the city's bikes go to get repaired is located across from a set of train tracks and a gas station in a nondescript building.

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WABE FM has its first broadcast in September 1948, according to historical documents.

At that time, it wasn't the kind of programming that WABE listeners have come to know today. Instead of the latest in local, national and international news, there were stories about reading and arithmetic. That's because when the station first began it was used by the Atlanta Board of Education to help teachers with classroom instruction.

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Over the last few years more women of color have started wearing their hair in its natural state.

And it's had an impact on the hair care industry – including on the sale of relaxers, which consumer researching group Mintel says have dropped nearly 20 percent since 2013.

The hair care industry for women of color is big business but, in recent years, more women have gone "natural" – a phrase that describes women wearing their hair in it's natural state without using a chemical process to change the texture.

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The holidays can be lucrative for the many who dress up as Santa Claus each year. But there’s a budding industry in the Santa business for African-American Santas like Dee Sinclair, who is gearing up for his 14th season as Santa Claus. Sinclair said he's been booked solid for Christmas events so far.

“We’re in high demand,” said Sinclair, who is based in Georgia. “It’s high demand to the point where folks just don’t know how to find us."

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It's the day after Thanksgiving and that means residents from all over metro Atlanta are heading to shopping malls, boutiques and big box retailers in search of deals. It's known as the day when retailers profits go from red into the black - Black Friday. 

Despite deals becoming available to consumers earlier in the month of November, and more people shopping online, Atlantans were still heading out to the stores. Candace Wheeler caught up with a few Black Friday shoppers at Perimeter Mall in Atlanta.

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Nearly 100 volunteers gathered in a kitchen at the DeKalb County Jail on Wednesday evening to prepare food for 'Hosea Helps' annual Thanksgiving dinner. 

The organization, founded by civil rights leader Rev. Hosea Williams, and the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School brings volunteers from around metro Atlanta to cook turkey, chicken, ham and a host of side dishes for a full-course meal.

Amber Maddox, a 20-year-old first-time volunteer, was working with a group of other women to help cook green beans.

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 Lindsay Street Park has opened in Atlanta.

It is the first park in the city's troubled English Avenue neighborhood.

"We have a mission to expand green space throughout the city of Atlanta and to place a park as close to all of the citizens of Atlanta as we can," said Mayor Kasim Reed.

Aerial views of one of the damaged levees on August 30, 2005, the day after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.
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This month marks a decade since the devastating hurricane known as Katrina. The category 5 storm killed nearly 2,000 people and losses exceeded $100 billion. 

  In the days leading up to Aug. 29, 2005, many families left their homes in New Orleans for shelter and came to Atlanta. By Aug. 31, 80 percent of the city was under water, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported. 

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Chances are you’ve heard of the Super Soaker – the colorful water gun that lets you power spray just about anyone in your path.

Since it debuted in the early 90s, it’s generated more than $1 billion in global sales.

The man who invented the Super Soaker is Lonnie Johnson. He’s lived in Atlanta for the last few decades and holds over 100 patents for other projects.

When Johnson first came up with the idea for the Super Soaker, he was working as an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA's Galileo Mission, but that was his day job.