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Rose Scott

Host, Closer Look with Rose Scott

Rose Scott is an award-winning journalist and host of 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
Alison Guillory / WABE

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.
Stephanie M. Lennox / WABE

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
Nicholas K. Geranios / Associated Press

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.