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Lisa Hagen

Lisa Hagen is a reporter at WABE.

In 2011, Lisa interned and produced videos for the English-language news site for Al-Ahram, in Cairo, Egypt. She’s reported for and from Clinton Hill/Ft. Greene Brooklyn for the NYTimes’ “The Local” blog. She also put in a couple years as a stringer for the New York Post before moving south.

Lisa studied creative writing at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, but ended up with a much more practical degree in “Militarism and Sexuality” from New York University’s Gallatin School. A master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism seemed a next logical step.

She’s originally from Kahalu’u, Hawaii. Lisa does not know how to surf. She can, however, filet a salmon very quickly and is a lover of fly-fishing.

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The call to overhaul Georgia's 15-year-old voting system is getting bipartisan support. State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have proposed on social media to work together on an update.

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The problem isn't a new one. Georgia's voting machines leave no paper trail — that means there's no way to confirm that what someone voted for is what gets recorded.

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On Friday, the city of Brookhaven is set to unveil a memorial statue to honor victims of military sexual enslavement during World War II, known as "comfort women." Japanese diplomats in Atlanta oppose the memorial, and the statue is stirring up old international tensions.

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By now you've heard the 6th Congressional District special election made history in terms of spending on a U.S. House race.

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Among the groups that poured money into supporting the campaigns were those on both sides of the debate on abortion access.

Often though, the candidates found less than direct ways to talk about the issue.

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The cheers started early at Karen Handel's election headquarters Tuesday night. They kept coming each time Fox TV updates showed the Republican holding her lead.


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After months of frenzied campaigning, 6th District voters decided to send Georgia’s first Republican woman to Congress.


An infant grasps volunteer Kathleen Jones' hand in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
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A group of more than 1,000 mothers has been organizing online to fight for more control over the way they give birth.

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Last month, some of them protested outside a local hospital that had changed its policies on certain kinds of delivery.

With a baby strapped to her chest, Ashley Brown juggles two hand-drawn signs outside DeKalb Medical Center. She’s down by a patch of grass near the road, but five months ago, she was inside, in labor.