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Rose Scott

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Rose Scott is an award-winning journalist and co-host of A Closer Look. Most recently Rose was the producer of afternoon news programming ("All Things Considered") on WABE 90.1 FM, the Atlanta National Public Radio affiliate. Scott primarily covered education, minority health, Atlanta historically Black colleges and universities, gender issues and sports.

For the last few years, Rose has been covering topics dealing with Georgia's death penalty,  sex trafficking of minors in Atlanta as well as the country’s biggest cheating scandal found in the Atlanta Public Schools.

She often moderates panels on the two topics.

In 2013, Rose traveled to Amman, Jordan to report on Syrian refugees.

Rose also has an extensive background in sports broadcasting and has appeared on CNN, NPR and BET.

Well-respected in the Atlanta community for her thought-provoking reporting style, Scott has been honored with several awards including a 2012 Southeast Regional Emmy Award, a 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award and an Atlanta Association of Black Journalists Award.  She has also received awards from the Georgia Associated Press and is a Girls Inc. Strong, Smart & Bold Award Winner.

Most recently, Rose was awarded a 2014 GABBY award from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters for best sportscast in radio.

Rose often speaks to youth groups, mentors journalism students and volunteers with youth empowerment initiatives.

A St. Louis, Missouri native, Rose lives in Atlanta with her Siamese and Maine Coon cats.  

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The name Brannon Hill Condominiums has a nice ring to it -- a name that might suggest pristine landscaping, a grilling area and maybe a playground for kids.

In fact, the development east of Interstate-285 in DeKalb County just off Memorial Drive has a play area, but it’s overgrown with weeds. 

Parts of Brannon Hill look like a landfill -- the final resting place for broken toilets, tattered sofas, busted TVs and soiled mattresses.

Parts look like the complex has just caught fire, but the bulldozers have yet to arrive to tear down the charred building's remains.

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This is part of WABE’s ongoing series “Finding Your Roots.”

“Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.” airs Wednesday at 6 p.m. on PBA30 TV with an encore Saturday at 7 p.m. Watch a preview of Season 3, and see the full schedule at

As I write this reflection regarding my response to DNA results, I’m reminded of the first time I saw the television mini-series, "Roots."  

Derreck Kayango addresses the media
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Atlanta’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights has tapped Derreck Kayongo to lead the institution.

A native of Uganda, Kayongo and his family fled the country during the dictatorship of Idi Amin.

Kayongo is a human rights activist and humanitarian who founded the Global Soap Project, an organization that takes discarded soap from hotels and distributes it to the poor throughout the world.

He’s also worked with CARE and Amnesty International.

Shirley Franklin sits in the studio on Aug. 21, 2015.
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On Aug. 23, 2005, a tropical storm began to take form.

It grew stronger and roared through the central Bahamas, it was a hurricane in the making. Spending three days swirling in the Gulf, Hurricane Katrina was poised to make history.

Finally, by Aug. 29, Hurricane Katrina hit landfall. Now a category 5, it left devastation and death in its path, mostly in Mississippi and Louisiana. At the time, it wasn’t known that Hurricane Katrina would become one of the most deadly storms ever in the United States.

In this July 24, 2009, file photo, Rachel Dolezal, a leader of the Human Rights Education Institute, stands in front of a mural she painted at the institute's offices in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Dolezal, now president of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the NA
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Two weeks ago, little was know about Rachel Dolezal. 

She's a part-time professor at Eastern Washington University, but now her bio and course description has been omitted.

Earlier it read, "Dolezal holds her Master's degree from Howard University and is a professor in the Africana Studies Program at Eastern Washington University."

Now, Dolezal, the former president of the NAACP’s Spokane Washington chapter has resigned amidst the core of a firestorm.

Ray Cobb

It’s not a midnight train, but Georgians can now ride on the Gladys Knight Highway.

Lawmakers held a ceremony at the state capitol Tuesday to dedicate part of State Route 9 to the “Empress of Soul.”

"I am most happy for all of us, all of you," Knight told supporters. "When you ride down the street and see my name, have some pride in it to know that you have a piece of it."

Cary King in Vietnam
Courtesy Cary King

Inside WABE studio four, as Cary King flips through a bulging red scrapbook, the decorated war veteran describes each item and relives a past that some veterans would rather forget.

It's not the fanciest of scrapbooks, but for King the military medals, photos and certificates that it holds are more important.

King served in the U.S. Army and National Guard and was in the infantry and artillery in the Vietnam War during 1967 and 1968.

For his service, he was awarded five Bronze Stars, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, a Purple Heart and five air medals.

At a time when journalists and publications are under scrutiny over truthful reporting, Public Broadcasting Atlanta’s incoming President and CEO Wonya Lucas says maintaining a trusting relationship with the public is one of the most crucial aspects of journalism in an ever-changing media landscape.

Lucas, an Atlanta native, will take the helm at PBA on April 27. She talked about her views on journalism and on public broadcasting in an interview with Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer on "A Closer Look."

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Recently a forum on women’s education in Pakistan took place at Emory University.

The keynote speaker was Mukhtar BiBi, a rape survivor, who’s now an activist in Pakistan for women's rights and education.

According to the Global Campaign for Education, "over 5.1 million primary school-aged children are out of school in Pakistan – the third highest number of out-of-school children in the world ─ and [63 percent] of them are girls."

Fulton County Commision Chairman John Eaves in the WABE Atlanta Studio, April 9, 2015.
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During this legislative session, a push for cityhood was the focus for unincorporated south Fulton County. The bill fell short for the second year in a row.

That’s just one of many issues regarding the current state of Fulton County.

The bill passed in the house, but stalled in the Georgia Senate. After the bill’s failure, Fulton County commission chair John Eaves said the full Fulton County Board of Commissioners "strongly supported the taxpayers of south Fulton in heading to the ballot box to determine their own future." 

Katie King / WABE

In March, public transportation rolled back into Clayton County for the first time since 2010, when officials had to scrap the former transit system, C-Tran, due to funding issues.

Decades ago, Clayton had the opportunity to join MARTA, but the county did not opt in. That was a mistake, according current County Commission Chair Jeffrey Turner.

Now, Clayton becomes the third county with MARTA service since the transit agency begin more than 40 years ago.

This photo from 1964 shows Greg Wittkamper and other young people at Jekyll Island receiving an award. Two of the first black students at Americus High are immediately to his left: Dobbs Wiggins and Jewel Wise.
Courtesy of Greg Wittkamper

Dear Greg,

I expect you will be quite surprised to hear from me. If you remember me at all, it will likely be for unpleasant reasons. I was a classmate of yours at Americus High School and graduated with you in 1965.

I don’t recall ever directly assaulting you, but I probably did, to gain acceptance and accolades of my peers. In any case, I surely participated as part of an enabling audience and tacitly supported and encouraged those who did. For that I am deeply sorry and regretful.”

Allen Clinton / CARE

For seven decades, the international organization CARE has had one core task, and that’s to help others.

CARE, which is based in Atlanta, undertakes various humanitarian aid projects but fighting global poverty has been its No. 1 mission. It's one of the oldest and largest aid organizations, and works in 90 countries around the world. Its programs reach more than 72 million people. 

For the last nine years, Dr. Helene Gayle has lead the organization as its president and CEO.

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Each year they gather to remember and keep the memories alive of those aboard Southern Airways Flight 242.

On April 4, 1977, that flight from Huntsville, Alabama, was en route to Georgia.

It would never arrive.

Not soon after take-off, trouble began. A heavy rain storm ensued. And for whatever reason, the plane’s engines began to shut down.

Later it would be determined that massive amounts of rain and hail caused the problem.

The plane’s pilot, Captain William McKenzie, tried an emergency landing on Highway 92 in New Hope, Georgia.

Women in a classroom at Agnes Scott
Courtesy of Agnes Scott College

Click to watch Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer's interview with Drs. Kiss and Tatum. 

Calling it a shock and surprise, the student body and faculty of Sweet Briar College say the recent announcement the all-women’s college is closing is simply disappointing.  

The 114-year-old, small liberal arts college is not alone when it cites financial challenges and difficulty in attracting students.

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This past Monday the scheduled execution of Georgia death row inmate Kelly Gissendaner was postponed.

Officials with the Georgia department of corrections noticed the execution drug was “cloudy.”

According to the department they are obtaining an “appropriate analysis of the drugs.”

Another execution scheduled for March 10 has also been postponed.

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Westside Works is a job training and community development program located about a mile from the site of the new Atlanta Falcons stadium. It’s supported by the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.

"A Closer Look" recently visited Westside Works and talked to some of the people living near the stadium in neighborhoods that have drastically changed over the decades.

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14-year-old Britt Baldy’s favorite video games are “Dragon Age” and “Skyrim.” She likes being able to customize her characters’ hair, clothing and gender.

“I didn’t have a choice, the way I was born. Nobody does,” Britt said. But online, she said, “I like being able to choose.”

At the WABE studios, Britt told me, “I never wanted to be a boy, ever … and I never want to be.”

In this Feb. 12, 2011, file photo, singer Whitney Houston, left, and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown arrive at an event in Beverly Hills, Calif. The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, unresponsive in a
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Police in Roswell, Georgia, say the daughter of the late Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown was rushed to the hospital after found unresponsive early Saturday morning.

Late Saturday afternoon, standing across the street from North Fulton Hospital, Officer Lisa Holland with the Roswell Police Department addressed the media.

She said the emergency call came in early Saturday morning.

“We received a 911 call of a person unresponsive face down in a bathtub,” Holland said.

According to Holland, that person was 21-year old Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Alison Guillory

There are no elevators to get to the top.

High above the 95,000-square-foot Peachtree-Pine shelter sits rows and rows of single beds. They’re not for sleeping. Instead, they’re garden bed, dozens of them.

Rooted in the soil of the organic garden beds grows a little bit of everything, says Executive Director Anita Beaty. 

A couple of rabbits also live on the shelter’s rooftop. Since it was cold and rainy, they decided to stay inside their tarp-covered pens. A Closer Look was told an “ornery hawk” rules the rooftop, but he too was missing.

Alison Guillory

Since 1996, the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter has called 477 Peachtree St. home. It's operated by the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless. And it's been the center of controversy.  

We went inside to see firsthand what goes on inside the largest homeless shelter in the southeast.

The shelter is a 95-year-old building that used to be an automotive parts warehouse. On a daily basis, anywhere from 400 to 1,000 people come to the shelter, and the majority of those people are African-American. A majority are men, but there are also women — many of them single mothers.

Maria Saporta / Saporta Report

A lawsuit filed by the Estate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. against The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change over the licensing agreement and intellectual property of Dr. King has been dropped.

The lawsuit pitted the King’s two sons, Martin King III and Dexter, against their sister, Rev. Bernice King, who heads the King Center.

Now, Martin King is reportedly seeking a resolution and opposes moving forward with this case.

Dr. Karen Baynes-Dunning speaks at Marine Corps Logistics Base - Albany, Jan. 13, 2015.
Jennifer Parks / The Albany Herald / Special to WABE

In 2002, Georgia’s foster care system within Fulton and DeKalb County was called flawed, and some even said a broken agency.

That year, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of children in Georgia’s foster care system.

Eventually, in 2005, a consent decree was agreed to by both parties to fix the foster care system, including court appointed monitors.

At that time, Dr. Karen Baynes-Dunning was a juvenile court judge, but she now serves as one of the court appointed monitors.

Parents of Transgender Teen
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Last December, on an early Sunday morning, in Warren County, Ohio, 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn committed suicide by walking in front of a tractor trailer.

The teen left behind a suicide note. Leelah was transgender.

The teen left the note on a social media website describing a lonely and fractured relationship with her family.

Leelah Alcorn wrote, “The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren't treated the way I was, they're treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights.” 

Atlanta International School Against Human Trafficking
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When Shirley Franklin was mayor of Atlanta, a movement began to bring awareness, prevention and tougher legislation regarding the sexual exploitation of children.

In 2006, Mayor Franklin made national news with the Dear John Campaign:

When Shirley Franklin held a press conference about that Dear John Campaign she also revealed something else.

Rose Scott talks with Franklin about her personal story in this 2012 interview:

Shirley Franklin has talked about getting young people involved in advocacy work regarding human trafficking issues.

Wednesday, Jan. 14, sixty-six year Andrew Brannan is set to be executed for the 1998 murder of Laurens County Deputy Sheriff Kyle Dinkheller during a traffic stop.

22-years old at the time, the deputy was shot to death by Brannan and it was captured on the dash board video of the deputy’s patrol car.

WARNING: The video contains graphic scenes of a shootout.

This undated prison photo provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows convicted murderer Andrew Brannan. The Georgia death row inmate suffers from mental illness that can be traced directly to his military service in Vietnam and should be spar
Georgia Department of Corrections / Associated Press

A clemency hearing for a Georgia death row inmate who is set to be executed this week is being held Monday morning.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles is holding the clemency hearing for Andrew Howard Brannan, who is set to die at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson.

The 66-year-old Brannan was convicted in the January 1998 slaying of 22-year-old Laurens County sheriff's deputy Kyle Dinkheller. Authorities say Brannan shot Dinkheller multiple times during a traffic stop.

Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom called a 911 dispatcher at 4:17 a.m. on New Year's Day and told the dispatcher he accidentally shot his wife Margaret McCollom.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has released the emergency call Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom made in the early morning on New Year’s Day after shooting his wife.


Chief McCollom told the 911 dispatcher his wife was shot in the back and the side while in bed. A portion of the call is transcribed below.

911 dispatcher:           “She was shot twice accidental? Who shot her?”

McCollom:                  “Yes.”

Authorities from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Peachtree City Police Department are jointly investigating a shooting involving Police chief William E. McCollom.

So far authorities will only say that in the early morning of New Year’s Day, Chief McCollom called 911 indicating he had accidently shot his wife.

She was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center.

Initial reports said, chief McCollom accidentally shot his wife twice.

But GBI inspector Sherry Lang said investigators found otherwise.