Ben Abrams

Digital news intern

Ben is a senior at Georgia State University, majoring in journalism. He is interning with GPB News summer 2020.

He previously worked as a reporter and editor for "The Collegian," which was the newspaper for Georgia Perimeter College before it consolidated with Georgia State. 

He currently works at "The Signal" as a podcast and video editor, and does some freelance reporting for his WordPress blog. Ben is also a volunteer camera operator for Mountain West Church in Stone Mountain.

AP Photo/John Minchillo

Police around Georgia have been joining the chorus of police forces around the nation in condemning the police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, who arrested George Floyd.

The Southern Center for Human Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia filed a lawsuit against Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill Wednesday for refusing to disclose documents related to COVID-19 testing in Clayton County jails.

Georgia State University

Georgia State University President Mark Becker released a video on Tuesday to explain the college’s plan to allow students and faculty back on its campuses. Some faculty and staff members will return next week, with some additional school guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Escobar Restaurant & Tapas

An Atlanta restaurant and bar co-owned by rapper 2 Chainz was temporarily closed by Georgia State Police and the Department of Public Safety on Sunday, May 24, for violating the state’s COVID-19 guidelines.

Gwinnett County Police Department

Crashes killed 15 people across Georgia over the Memorial Day weekend. The number of collisions is a slight decrease from 2019, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

Rob Felt, Georgia Tech

Researchers at Georgia Tech received funding from the National Institutes of Health to evaluate specific molecules that may help the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to school's news blog.

These molecules, known as adjuvants, may improve coronavirus vaccines' ability to stimulate the immune system and help protect the general population against the virus.

AP Photo/Ron Harris, Pool, File

Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday invited President Donald Trump to host this summer’s Republican National Convention in Georgia.

The invitation comes after Trump threatened to move the event out of North Carolina if the state’s Democratic governor does not allow a full-capacity gathering in August despite the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Memorial Day weekend will mean an opportunity for many Georgians to go out and have some fun despite the current risks from the COVID-19 pandemic. This weekend will also be a big time for people to spend time around lakes, rivers, beaches and state parks.

City of Atlanta

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced on Thursday a five-phase plan for opening the city. The announcement comes about a month after the mayor created an advisory council to help her plan the city’s eventual reopening.

Imgur

Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk sent a special shoutout and a new skateboard to a metro Atlanta boy thanks to assistance from a FedEx driver.

The driver, who posted a video of the story on his Imgur account under his username mcoulter876, was on his delivery route in Suwannee when he saw an 8- or 9-year old boy running after his truck.

“He’s like, ‘Excuse me! Excuse me!’ so I pull over, and I’m like, ‘Hey man, what’s up?’ And he’s like, ‘Can you mail something for me?’” the driver said.

UGA Today (photo submitted by Kim Wolf)

Kim Wolf cannot see her grandmother in person because of the COVID-19 pandemic. After canceling a trip to Maryland to see her, Wolf sought another way to spend time with her.

Wolf is pursuing master’s degrees in social work and public health at the University of Georgia. She has spent more than 15 years working with older adults and their caregivers, and an idea to visit her grandma came from a Zoom meeting with one of her patients.

While she was in the middle of her virtual meeting, Wolf’s pit bull, Rosalynn Carter, hopped on her lap for some attention.

After holding its first in-person public meeting in more than two months, a councilman tested positive for COVID-19.

The Chamblee City Council held its first in-person public meeting at the Chamblee Civic Center on May 14. Three days later, Councilman Brian Mock tested positive for the virus.

Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft is opening a new facility next year that will create 1,500 new high-tech jobs in Atlanta, the governor's office said in a statement.

The $75 million investment would strengthen both Georgia's and Microsoft's roles in the innovation of new technology, Gov. Brian Kemp said.

"I am confident that our top-notch tech talent and education pipeline will continue to be an asset to Microsoft," Kemp said. "We are laser-focused on providing high-quality jobs for hardworking Georgians, and I thank Microsoft for our growing partnership."

Atlanta Police Department

The Atlanta Police Department took a big step forward in their efforts to stop street racing and reckless driving in Atlanta. The department, with help from several state and local law enforcement agencies, completed a weekend-long operation that resulted in the arrest of 44 people for activities related to street racing.

Ben Abrams / GPB News

The wait is over for peach lovers across Georgia because the 2020 season is officially here. The hopes are high for peach growers, sellers and consumers who are expecting this year’s harvest to produce one of the best crops in years.