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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.


The GBI says it’s reviewing procedures after sending the wrong body to a family in Burke County following an autopsy. The family of Johnny Morgan Lowe was told on Feb. 10 that they had buried a stranger. The GBI has apologized to the Lowe family and offered to pay for another funeral service. 

Burke County Coroner Susan Salemi says when she sent the body to the GBI for an autopsy, it was tagged correctly and sealed twice. She says the problem could be the workload at the GBI.

A car passes by on a road, seen through branches hanging heavy with ice after freezing rain blanketed the region near Bosnian capital of Sarajevo on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. The last quarter of November was marked by foggy mornings and temperatures below fr
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Broken branches are taking out power lines and blocking roads across Northeast Georgia. Trees in other parts of the country face much more extreme weather all the time. What is it about the combination of ice and Georgia’s trees that doesn’t mix? 

Icy branches are stiff and the extra weight can make them up to 30 times heavier than normal. Unlike trees used to blizzards in other parts of the U.S., Georgia’s trees don’t get much practice with ice.

The Little School / YouTube

Faculty from a Clarkesville elementary school in northeast Georgia set the bar high for social media presence this week.

Featuring in-house choreography, lyrics and editing, The Little School's music video announcing a snow day took weeks of secret after-school filming sessions to produce, teacher Beth Loveland said.

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Fulton County Animal Control says UniverSoul Circus may have violated an Atlanta city animal abuse ordinance during a performance on Saturday.

When “Bo” the elephant refused to return backstage after its set, circus staff used a tool called a “bullhook” to regain control of the animal.

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Note: It's not a forest. 

The historic neighborhood contains a mix of middle class homes built in the 1960s all the way back to the 1910s and 1920s.

But what’s so great about a bunch of old houses?

What’s cool about the Buckhead Forest is that you can see how changes in transportation were built into housing developments over time.

National Register and Survey Program Manager Stephanie Cherry-Farmer broke it down.

On Shadowlawn Avenue, which developed around the 1910s and 1920s, homes are closer to the street and sidewalk.

Courtesy Georgia Aquarium

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but some newborn penguin chicks may be finding it delightful at the Georgia Aquarium. 

That's right, four baby African penguins have just made their debut after a few weeks of care by aquarium staff. This is the fourth consecutive year of penguin hatchings for the aquarium's Georgia-Pacific Penguin Nursery. 

  The African penguin is listed as an endangered species under the United States Endangered Species Act and the International Union of Conservation of Nature.

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The DeKalb County Police Department has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate the officer-involved shooting death of Kevin Davis. The request comes after weeks of calls from Davis’ family for an outside investigation.

In late December, Kevin Davis called 911 after his girlfriend was stabbed by a house guest. The responding officer ended up shooting Davis, who died two days later.

A pedestrian walks past the corporate headquarters of health insurer Anthem, formerly known as Wellpoint, on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 in Indianapolis. The Blue Cross Blue Shield insurer sells insurance in several states under the Anthem brand, which was th
Darron Cummings / Associated Press

Anthem, which includes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, is warning its customers to ignore any emails and phone calls claiming to offer free identity protection. The warning comes in the wake of last week’s data breach affecting over 80 million Americans. 

Scammers are out in force trying to steal information from Anthems current and former health insurance patrons, according to customers. The company says it will send information on free identity repair services and credit monitoring by mail only ─ not by emails or phone calls. 

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The U.S. Senate voted unanimously on a bill to expand access to suicide prevention for veterans. 

Just last week a Marine Corps veteran living in Austell, Georgia killed her three children before taking her own life.

Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson talked about Kisha Holmes and her family on the Senate floor.

“There was a tragic death in Atlanta," Isakson said. "We don't know yet the root cause of it, but we know the individual may have had mental health problems and was a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and took their life and the life of their children."

Troup County Sheriff's Office

A West Georgia man accused of killing five people is in custody.

The Troup County Sheriff’s Office says Thomas Lee was arrested Monday afternoon in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff called in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation this weekend to help investigate the crime scene. Police went to check on the home in a LaGrange, Georgia subdivision on Saturday after one of the victims was reported missing from work.

“Upon making entry we discovered the five bodies in the residence," said Woodruff.

The TSA Blog

The numbers are out for the Transportation Security Administration’s annual review of guns found at the nation’s carry-on checkpoints. Atlanta TSA workers screened more than 19.9 million passengers in 2014.

So how did we do?

Last year, the Hartsfield-Jackson TSA found 109 firearms on people trying to board planes. That makes us number two in the nation. It’s the first year in many that Atlanta hasn’t topped the list.

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Mental health programs for low-income women are about to get a big boost.

Kaiser Permanente has awarded $500,000 to the Atlanta Women’s Foundation.

Ending generational poverty for women and girls is no small task, but the Atlanta Women’s Foundation just got a half million dollar grant to try. The group’s executive director, Kelly Dolan says mental health is a big piece of that puzzle.

Ghost drones are displayed at an event with the Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Coalition, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington.
Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

Escaping a crime scene in Columbia County, near Augusta, may get tougher this spring. The Sheriff’s Department there wants to start using drones to help enforce the law.

If the Federal Aviation Administration approves, Columbia would be the first county in Georgia using drones to help locate suspects and find missing persons. Captain Steve Morris says the unmanned aerial vehicles could sport video cameras and, in some cases, heat sensors.

This Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 file photo taken in Newark, N.J., shows smart phones displaying Uber car availability in New York.
Julio Cortez, File / Associated Press

Their phones are logged out, and the cars are in park. Uber drivers in Atlanta are responding to a 20 percent fare cut by the company.

Prices for a ride dropped last week in nearly 50 cities. Protest organizers want drivers to stop taking clients from 5 tonight until 3 a.m.

Louise Cook has been driving for Uber for nine months. “It was really sort of a crushing blow. We all love our clients. We all want to drive for Uber. But we can’t do it if we don’t make at least some money," said Cook.

Prime 50-yard line seats at the Georgia Dome will go on sale for $45,000 on Monday.
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Lifelong Falcons fan Terry Whitehead’s done the math, and she estimates her four season tickets will cost her over $94,000 at the new stadium.

“94? That’s out of our reach, and that’s out of our intelligence. Who does that?” said Whitehead.

Someone will, the Falcons hope. The new Personal Seat Licenses, or “PSLs,” mean you own your seat for 30 years. Right now the best spots, near the 50-yard line, are going for $45,000.