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Kate Sweeney


Kate Sweeney, reporting from the High Museum of Art just before the renowned Calder sculpture left the museum's lawn after residing there for more than 25 years.
Credit Katie King / WABE

A native of Pittsburgh, Kate Sweeney harbors a fondness for rusted-out architecture and real hoagies. Her radio stories have won her a number of Associated Press Awards and five regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. She also hosts from time to time. University of Georgia Press  published her book  American Afterlife, in 2014, and it won a Georgia Author of the Year Award in the category of Essay. She is a voracious listener to creative radio and podcasts, and adores the Third Coast International Audio Festival

Some of Kate's radio work:

"Suburban Poverty: Atlanta's Hidden Epidemic"
March 2016

"Plaza Fiesta: The Mall of the Future...on Buford Highway?"
January 2015

"Atlanta Looks for Solutions to City's Parking Lot Deserts"
May 2016

"Atlanta Agency Wants Your Dream Donations"
June 2015

"History in the Trees: A Tour of the Doll's Head Trail"
October 2014 (Winner, Best Use of Sound, 2015 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, audio)

"The Bird Restaurant on Peachtree" 
October 2013 (winner, Best Use of Sound, 2014 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, Audio)

"Cycling in Atlanta: Gaining Momentum"
April 2013 (Reprinted by WNYC's Transportation Nation) 

"A Visit to Ms. Ann's Snackbar"
May 2010 (winner, Best Feature, 2011 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, Audio)





Ways to Connect

Dr. Celine Saulnier, (R), sets up a child in the toddler eye-tracking research equipment as a fellow prepares to monitor her eye movements.
Emory University School of Medicine

Like a lot of parents, Shannon Hewett knew the signs of autism. She looked out for them when her son TJ was born.

“When he was a baby, he made eye contact with me—and even today, if he is engaging with me socially, he will make eye contact,” she said.

But it turns out TJ is autistic, even with all that eye contact.  He was diagnosed when he was 2 years old, after Shannon noticed he wasn’t talking the way other kids did. TJ also had problems with social cues; Shannon said it was often like he didn’t even hear her when she called his name.

Men line up for a meal at Atlanta Mission. The organization's president says poverty is much more complex than ''the number of people we see on the street.''
Rachel Solid / Atlanta Mission

In the United States, poverty is measured by income level. If you’re a family of four making more than $24,000 a year, you’re over the poverty line. Less than that, and you’re under it.

But a study from Georgia Tech says looking at income alone is not enough.

For example, maybe your income is technically over the poverty line, but you can’t afford health insurance. Or your rent or mortgage takes a major hit each month. Or you have a disability. 

Pratt-Pullman Yard is part of the Kirkwood National Register of Historic Places listing.
Dan Raby / WABE

The Atlanta Urban Design Commission has voted to withdraw a plan that would have granted a former Atlanta industrial property historic status.

The state owns the 28-acre Pratt-Pullman Yard: 11 buildings and a considerable amount of unused grassy space. It's been empty for decades, but once was the repair yard for Pullman train cars. Now it occasionally serves as a set for films like the "Hunger Games" series.

Al Such / WABE

This is not one of those stories about millennials.

Even though people in their 20s and 30s are often credited as the prime movers and shakers in the “hipster-fication” of Atlanta’s east side—the influx of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops that have swept in with the advent of the Atlanta Beltline—this story’s about a different demographic.

People like Bob and Bunny Lenhard.

Hadi Mizban / Associated Press

You may have heard there’s something special in the skies this morning. It’s the supermoon, so called because it’s a full moon at the closest point in its orbit to Earth.

But astronomically, it turns out the super moon isn’t really a big deal. Tellus Science Center Astronomer David Dundee calls it “an astronomical non-event.”


“I’m sorry the astronomer’s going to throw a wet blanket on all this,” Dundee says, “because if you walk out, look at the full moon, you're going to say, ‘That's the same old full moon I've always seen.’”