Stephen Fowler

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Stephen Fowler is an award-winning reporter and photographer focusing on politics from McDonough, Georgia. He graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies, writing his thesis on the rise of the internet rapper and giving a TEDx talk on the storytelling power of music. He also served as the first-ever Executive Digital Editor of The Emory Wheel, where he helped lead the paper into a modern digital era.

He got his start at GPB with All Things Considered in Atlanta, where he helped create live shows everywhere from a brewery to a baseball game to a rooftop midway, was part of award-winning hurricane coverage and (occasionally) filled in as the afternoon news host.

His reporting takes him many places, like the collapsed rubble of I-85, a soul food restaurant in the foothills of the mountains and protests in the streets of Atlanta. His stories can be heard on Marketplace, Here and Now, All Things Considered and NPR’s national newscasts.

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Primary election day is May 22 and all of the state's top elected officials are on the ballot. There will be a new governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state. Every U.S. House seat is up as well.  GPB’s Stephen Fowler has been following these races. He joined Rickey Bevington in the studio to talk about some of the challenges these offices will face, regardless of the election's outcome. 

Less than a week before the Republican gubernatorial primary, one topic reigned supreme in the Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young debate: immigration, and how to stop unauthorized people from entering the country.

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The Atlanta BeltLine is the city’s ambitious urban redevelopment project that, when finished, will encompass more than 22 miles of trails in a ring around Atlanta.

On parts of the BeltLine that are already opened, developers have brought more than four billion dollars of private investment in shopping, dining, office and living spaces.  

Dwayne Vaughn is the BeltLine’s new Vice President of Housing Policy and Development. It’s his job to make sure it stays accessible to Atlantans of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

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UPDATE 5/8/2018: Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law a bill that would allow part of the city of Stockbridge to be annexed if the new city of Eagles Landing is formed. This was one of the more controversial measures on his desk to sign by Tuesday's deadline.

ORIGINAL STORY: A bill that passed just hours before the end of this year’s legislative session is creating conflict for some residents of Henry County.

If Governor Nathan Deal signs it, voters could create the new city of Eagles Landing, and with it, their own government, tax base and services.

To do so, they would take away land, revenue and residents from the city of Stockbridge.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms unveiled a new transparency tool today aimed at sharing city spending with the public.

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Atlanta’s mayor has asked for her entire cabinet to resign nearly 100 days into her first term. 

Monday morning, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms asked more than two dozen department heads to hand in their resignations.

By the end of the week, she will decide who gets to stay, and who will move on.

The city’s Communications Director Anne Torres announced her resignation Monday, and Chief Operating Officer Dan Gordan stepped down last week.

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More than 700 people visited Monday Night Garage on Friday, March 9 for a special live broadcast of NPR All Things Considered with host Rickey Bevington.

The show was all about the state's alcohol culture: From Georgia's founding as a dry colony to the modern-day discussions of cocktails at brunch, we've got you covered.

The story of Monday Night Brewing actually began on Friday mornings. 

During our special live show focusing on Georgia's alcohol history and culture, I talked with Monday Night Brewing's Chief Marketing Officer Jonathan Baker about how a men's bible study meeting led to one of Atlanta's well-known breweries.

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Brunch is a time where you can eat breakfast or lunch, get something sweet or savory, and after a certain time – an alcoholic beverage.

 

Atlanta has quite the brunch scene, so I decided to drop by a busy Midtown restaurant one Sunday morning and dig into the culture of brunch.

 

 

 

 

It’s nearly 1:30 PM, and Lindsay Grubbs is thankful for two things – her friends, and the cocktail in front of her.

 

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Walk around the University of Georgia campus today and you’ll find plenty of students who don’t drink or do drugs. 

As of two years ago, UGA is no longer among the top 20 “Best Party Schools” ranked by the Princeton Review. 

I sat down with UGA students Chelsea, Miranda, Jake, Tyler and Mikala. 

We are not revealing their last names because several asked to use first names only, so we made the choice to do that for all of the students we interviewed.  

They asked each other questions about what college is like when you don’t drink.

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At Kennesaw State University, the Center for Young Adult Addiction Recovery helps students navigate college life while recovering from drug and alcohol abuse.

 

Kyra, Gabriel, Morgan, James and Harrison share their struggles and successes with sobriety in college. We are not revealing their last names because several asked to use first names only, so we made the choice to do that for all of the students we interviewed.  

Kyra:

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When Spencer Nix attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he made a promise to never drink alcohol on his way to becoming a non denominational pastor.

 

It’s a promise he never fully kept, and instead turned into a business, as he is the CEO and cofounder of Reformation Brewery in Woodstock.

 

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We’ve come a long way from 1733, when Georgia was founded as a dry colony. Views on drinking have ebbed and flowed over time and so have the laws that govern alcohol.

GPB interns Kevin Kilgour and Isabeth Mendoza bring us this history of alcohol in the state, starting with General James Ogelthorpe.


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Georgia’s governor is temporarily giving up on a controversial tax break for Delta and other airlines that buy jet fuel in Georgia.

Governor Nathan Deal proposed a tax break that would save airlines about 50 million dollars each year as part of a larger overhaul of the state’s income taxes.

But on Wednesday, the Senate Rules Committee followed through on Lt. Governor Casey Cagle’s tweet about ‘killing’ the tax break and removed it from the bill.

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What’s the right way to report the news?

That’s a debate people across the globe are having right now as we grapple with partisan bias in news, propaganda masking as news, government attacks on journalists and a general sense of “we don’t know who to trust.”

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms delivered the keynote address at this year’s Buckhead Coalition annual meeting.

Addressing a room full of the city’s business and political leaders, Bottoms’ speech followed a theme of “Atlanta Together.”

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The DeKalb County Commission has voted to move a Confederate monument from the square in Downtown Decatur.

The 30-foot obelisk has been the subject of renewed debate following an anti-racist rally in Charlottesville, Va. last August where one woman was killed.


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Georgia leaders are pulling out all the stops in hopes Amazon will deliver its prime second headquarters to the Atlanta area.

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Former University of Georgia football coach Vince Dooley has been an important part of the school’s history and legacy for more than 50 years.

He coached the Bulldogs to their last national championship in 1980, defeating Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl.

We visited Dooley at his Athens home to see some of his favorite memorabilia from that season.

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It’s been nearly 40 years since the Atlanta Child Murders paralyzed the city.

29 African-Americans, mostly boys, were killed over a two-year span before Wayne Williams was arrested.

Payne Lindsey and Donald Albright are with local production company Tenderfoot TV.

They joined me in the studio to talk about Atlanta Monster, their new podcast with HowStuffWorks that explores the murders.


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The race to become Atlanta’s next mayor is at a bit of a standstill.

Here’s where things stand after yesterday’s runoff election between two Atlanta City Councilwomen.

Democrat Keisha Lance Bottoms leads Independent Mary Norwood by 759 votes. Norwood says it’s not over and is calling for a recount.

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Keisha Lance Bottoms declared herself the next mayor of Atlanta early Wednesday morning while her opponent, Mary Norwood, called for a recount.

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Georgia college students could soon be able to apply for federal student financial aid through an app on their phone. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says the existing system needs a reboot. DeVos made the announcement at a conference of student aid professionals in Orlando. 

"We’re in the process of moving toward updating the whole FAFSA experience and making it 21st century relevant,” DeVos said.

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The cool, crisp air of an Atlanta fall dipped the temperature into the 30s, but inside the Vision Cathedral, the congregation is armed with paper fans to stave off the heat and sweat of hundreds of bodies in motion and in worship.

The predominantly-black Pentecostal church sits at the intersection of Confederate Avenue and Ormewood Avenue.

But Bishop O.C. Allen and the rest of the church only recognize one of those names.

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The Georgia Tech community is left with many questions after a student leader was fatally shot by campus police last weekend.

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This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

The night started as a sea of candles reflecting off the Georgia Tech Campanile fountain and ended with the bright orange glow of a burned-out patrol car.

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As the world comes to grips with the unprecedented damage of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, millions of Americans in the southeastern United States are working to rebuild their lives. Irma crossed into Georgia in the early morning hours of Monday, September 11, 2017. Over the next 24 hours, water inundated island and beach communities over 100 miles of coastline. Winds topping 69 miles per hour toppled trees and power lines. 1.1 million Georgians lost power and three lost their lives.

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Every day in the United States 91 people die of opioid overdose. That includes prescription opiates and heroin. Over a year, that’s more than ten times the number of people who died on 9/11. On today’s “On Second Thought,” we’re going to hear from some of the people struggling with addiction, those who offer help, and communities caught in the middle.

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Tucked away in northeast Georgia, Stephens County has rolling green hills, about 26,000 people…and a problem.

Job postings have gone unfilled for months as prospective employees haven’t been able to pass drug tests.

But it’s not the usual suspects like cocaine or marijuana putting an economic damper on the northeast Georgia community – it’s illegal use of prescription opioids.

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Hundreds marched through Atlanta Sunday night, in a second day of protests against deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Some protesters also defaced a monument with ties to the Confederacy.

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