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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.


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.

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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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.

On Wednesday a trial began in Fulton County that could set a legal precedent and tests a United States genetics law.

In 2012 two employees of an Atlanta warehouse facility, Atlas Logistics Group Retail Services, were called into the office of their supervisor and asked to give saliva samples.

That was because for at least a month someone had been leaving piles of feces around the facility.

According to court documents, the two men, Jack Lowe and Dennis Reynolds, say they gave the samples out of fear of losing their jobs.

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Tuesday is Election Day. 

In metro Atlanta, several special elections are taking place. 

Below is a list of those races and the candidates.

Fulton County - State Representative, District 55


Tyrone Brooks Jr.

Alysia Brown 

Mike Fitzgerald 

John Guest

Marie Robinson Metze

Raghu R. Raju

Shelitha Robertson 

Forsyth County - State Representative, District 24


Sheri Smallwood Gilligan 

William Mckinley Kremer 

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For those who wanted to get in a few laughs and a bit of exercise this morning comedian Kevin Hart held a spontaneous 5K run at Piedmont Park.

Hart, who’s appeared in films like “Ride Along” with Ice Cube and “The 40-Year-Old-Virgin” with Steve Carrell, announced the run on his Twitter account in the wee hours of the morning. Hart is doing the run as part of a collaboration between Rally Health which promotes healthy living through exercise and eating right, according to its website.

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Editor's note: Read part one and part three of this series.   

Cityhood is a term you may have heard recently but didn’t really know what it meant.

It’s a quick way to explain the process of unincorporated parts of counties creating proposals to become their own cities. In the past decade there have been nine of these in metro Atlanta.

Eva Galambos was the City of Sandy Springs’ first mayor and leader in the founding of the city.

Editor's note: Read part two and part three of this series. 

For over three decades the unincorporated area of Fulton County fought to become a city.

In 2005, Sandy Springs was created and became the first new city in the county  in over 100 years.

A group of cyclist gather in Woodruff Park for a Red, Bike and Green group ride.
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The fastest growth in bicycling over the last decade in the U.S. is among minorities, according to data from the League of American Bicyclists.

African-Americans ridership has grown 100 percent, Asians and Hispanics have seen over 50 percent growth in recent years, as compared to only 22 percent among white cyclists.

Recently, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced that the city would launch its first bike share program this year. City officials say it'll work like Zipcar, where you register and pay for different levels of membership to rent cars.

The family of 71-year-old Marty Emanuel of Decatur reported that he has texted them and says he "is fine."

Emanuel was last known to have been hiking in Nepal over the weekend when a devastating earthquake struck.

Emanuel's son, Brooks Emanuel, shared the news on his Facebook page earlier this morning.

Brooks and Emanuel’s wife, Anne, a former law professor at Georgia State University, had been using social media to try to locate him since the earthquake.

In this Oct. 16, 2014 picture, an unmanned aircraft flies near a tower carrying long-distance electric transmission lines near Boulevard, Calif.
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More drones could be coming to a neighborhood near you, and they’ll be from your insurance company.

The Federal Aviation Administration has recently approved several insurers to use drones to assess property damage.

Soon our blue skies might be dotted with hundreds of little drones.

Sound like science fiction? It’s not.