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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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It's been a busy year for Cameron Padgett.

He's a senior studying finance at Georgia State University, and, in his free time, he's been contacting schools across the country to set up speaking engagements for white nationalist figure Richard Spencer.

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Spencer popularized the term "alt-right," and after the presidential election, video of him giving what looked like a Nazi salute and saying "Hail Trump" went viral.

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The Atlanta United soccer team had its first practice at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium this weekend. Its first game there is coming up in just weeks.


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With an average of more than 46,000 fans turning out for home games, Atlanta United topped the league in average attendance this year.

"It's very hard to even get a ticket now," Kennesaw State University economist J.C. Bradbury said.

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has announced plans to put together a panel of leaders to consider the future of the city's Confederate symbols and street names. They'll have two months, but they may not have all that many items to discuss.

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There just aren't that many Confederate-related memorials in this particular southern city.

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The KKK will not be allowed to burn a cross at Stone Mountain this fall.

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The Stone Mountain Memorial Association has denied a permit request from the Sacred Knights of the Ku Klux Klan to hold an Oct. 21 "lighting" ceremony. The application was submitted May 26.

The ceremony was proposed to commemorate a November 1915 cross burning on top of Stone Mountain that marked the KKK's revival. Crosses were burned there annually, decades ago.

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This weekend, about 150 abortion rights demonstrators gathered in downtown Atlanta to protest pregnancy centers that discourage people from following through with their abortion plans.

They marched Saturday afternoon to the Cura Women’s Care Clinic.

Protest organizer Erin Matson said the facility discourage peoples from getting abortions and uses inaccurate information to do so.