Rickey Bevington

Senior Anchor/ Correspondent

Rickey Bevington is an internationally recognized journalist and speaker who believes that well-informed citizens are the bedrock of democracy. Her 2017 TEDx talk "The Future Of News Media Is In Our Hands" empowers viewers to combat fake news.  Based in Atlanta, Bevington is a mainstay with Georgians as local host of NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Her radio and television stories have drawn honors from Edward R. Murrow Awards (2016, 2014), Southeast EMMYS (2014), Atlanta Press Club, Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press.   Prior to becoming Senior Anchor/Correspondent at Georgia Public Broadcasting, Bevington worked in cable entertainment at Sundance Channel and Showtime Networks, local TV news at WFSB-TV 3 (CBS) in Hartford, Conn., publishing at Fodor's and the Hartford Courant, and reporting for NPR and PBS Newshour.  Bevington fosters democractic discourse both locally and globally. Each month, she hosts a live radio program with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms answering audience questions. In 2019, she trained at the Council on Foreign Relations and then traveled to Ukraine to explore propaganda and civic engagment. In 2018, she received a grant to study media freedoms in Hungary and Serbia.  In 2015 and 2016, Georgia Trend Magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle named Bevington among the "40 Under 40" leaders making a positive impact in Georgia. In 2014, Bevington was appointed to a prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She studied public policy and transatlantic relations in Belgium, Sweden, Montenegro, Poland and Germany.  Bevington’s prior experience includes traveling in 2013 with the U.S. Department of State studying political parties of Sri Lanka and India. In 2011, she journeyed to Jordan, Egypt, Israel and Greece with the Middle East Travel Seminar.  Bevington sits on the boards of the Atlanta Press Club and the Associated Press Media Editors of Georgia.

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Cheryl Gerber/AP Images for Allstate

The No. 4-ranked University of Georgia Bulldogs play No. 2 Louisiana State University Saturday in the SEC Championship. 

If the Bulldogs win, they have a shot at playing in the National Championship game next year.


Mary Grace Heath, Office of the Governor

The wait is finally over: Gov. Brian Kemp has formally announced his pick to replace retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson.

Kelly Loeffler is a political newcomer and longtime Republican donor who has decades of experience in the financial services sector. She will be the second Georgia woman to serve in the Senate, and, if she wins a special election next November, she would be the first woman elected to the Senate.

Her appointment comes as President Trump and others urged Kemp to appoint someone else, and as Democrats look to flip the state in 2020.


AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Georgia’s Senior Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) delivered his farewell speech Tuesday from the floor of the U.S. Senate. Isakson is stepping down at the end of the year due to health issues.


Sophia Saliby

As members of the Foreign Service testified before the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month, a lot of Americans probably found themselves asking: What does a US Ambassador actually do?


Democratic Candidates on the Debate stage
John Bazemore / AP

Before Wednesday's Democratic president debate in Atlanta, GPB's Rickey Bevington spoke with a political consultant from Grady County in South Georgia about what rural Democrats wanted to hear from the candidates.

Pete Fuller heard our interview and shared his persepctive. Fuller is the chair of the Jackson County Democrats and the Rural Caucus Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia.

Bevington checked in with him after the debate to get this reaction to how the candidates addressed rural issues.


Democratic Candidates on the Debate stage
AP Photo/John Amis

Some of the top Democratic presidential candidates have spent the week in Atlanta reaching out to black voters ahead of Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate.

GPB's Rickey Bevington interviewed race & ethnicity reporter for the Associated Press, Errin Haines about the importance of Atlanta as the debate stage and how candidates are addressing race.


Robert Jimison / GPB News

Just a few hours before the top Democratic presidential hopefuls were set to take the debate stage at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, there were new reports from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that President Donald Trump was pushing for Rep. Doug Collins to replace Sen. Johnny Isakson.

Gov. Brian Kemp recently closed an application to replace the retiring senator. About 500 people applied.

Kemp is expected to announce Isakson's successor before Isakson leaves office at the end of the year.

GPB's Rickey Bevington went over the breaking news with state Sen. Nikema Williams, chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, during a live broadcast from the media center just a studio away from the debate stage. 


Candidates on debate Stage during fifth Democratic Presidential Debate
AP Photo/John Bazemore

Georgia is playing host to this month's Democratic presidential debate.

Ten presidential candidates will make their case to voters as to why they are the candidate that can beat President Donald Trump just a few months before the first caucus in Iowa.

GPB's Rickey Bevington interviewed NPR Political Correspondent, Asma Khalid about her reporting heading into the fifth debate and what she's hearing from voters across the country.


MSNBC Debate Stage at Tyley Perry Studios
Robert Jimision / GPB News

Top Democratic presidential candidates are campaigning in Atlanta ahead of Wednesday's debate.

After this week, they're going to have to raise more money and get more polling support to qualify for next month's debate, so the pressure is on for the candidates.

GPB's Rickey Bevington was joined by NPR's senior political editor, Domenico Montanaro, from Washington D.C. to break down the debate candidates. 


The Cairo "Syrupmakers" band performs.
CHS Syrupmaker Athletics

Of Georgia’s 159 counties, just over two dozen voted Democrat in last year’s gubernatorial election.

All of them are clustered around the major cities of Savannah, Athens, Macon, Albany, Augusta and Atlanta.

But rural Georgia has more Democrats than you’d think, says Laura Register.


(L) John Amis/Associated Press (R) Flickr

It’s been a tough year for sports fans in Georgia.

Atlanta United fell one game short of returning to the MLS Cup in October.

The Atlanta Braves were booted from the first round of the playoffs for the second year in a row.

For the Atlanta Falcons, 2019 has been even worse. The team is 1-7 entering this Sunday’s game against the Saints in New Orleans.

GPB's Rickey Bevington and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
GPB

How can the city of Atlanta become a leader in mental health reform? Will the city institute an anti-idling law to improve air quality? How have pay raises affected the city's police force?

In the October installment of our Ask: The Mayor series with GPB's Rickey Bevington, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms answers these questions amd more submitted by our listeners.

Scroll down to watch the full video.

HIGHLIGHTS This conversation has been edited for clarity and conciseness.

Andrew Harnik / AP

A spokesman for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says a recent audit into city hiring practices is "contradictory."

Atlanta City Council commissioned the internal audit earlier this year. It came after an investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which found that eight staffers were issued checks through the city's payroll system weeks before they received official job offers using funds from the airport and public works. 

bikes in Atlanta
DAVID GOLDMAN / AP

Whether you live in the city of Atlanta, commute to work there or only pass through occasionally, getting around Atlanta can be a hassle. 

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms talked about redesigning how Atlanta moves people through its streets during our monthly Ask The Mayor show with GPB's All Things Considered Host, Rickey Bevington.


CNN

The Mayo Clinic classifies dyslexia as a learning disorder that causes difficulty in reading and processing language.

Politicians and policy-makers are responding to estimates that one in five people may be born dyslexic. Under a 2018 state law, Georgia kindergartners will be screened.

But not everyone who lives with dyslexia thinks it's all negative. 


Ask: The Mayor
GPB

GPB's All Things Considered Host Rickey Bevington is joined by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for our monthly series, Ask: The Mayor 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 on 88.5 FM.

Atlanta's mayor is answering your questions live.

Ángel Cabrera
Georgia Tech

The Georgia Institute of Technology has a new president. Ángel Cabrera has been on the job for just under two months.

He formally steps into the role in a ceremony Monday.


Atlanta United coach Frank de Boer watches during the second half of the team's MLS soccer match against the New York Red Bulls in Harrison, N.J.
Steve Luciano / AP

The playoff run for MLS Cup defending champions Atlanta United continues with a conference semifinal match against Philadelphia Union. The winner will go on to face Toronto FC in the conference final and will be one step close to playing for the league title.  

Georgia Southern University Statesboro Campus
Georgia Southern University

Students of Georgia Southern University gathered Wednesday night for a difficult conversation about race, free speech and tolerance.

It comes after a book burning on campus.


student looking at art in a museum
AUC Collective

If you go into an art museum in North America, chances are the staff, the curators and the directors are going to be white.

In 2015, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation study found 72% of the staff of museums belonging to the Association of Art Museum Directors was non-Hispanic white.

Now, the Atlanta University Center wants to train the next generation of African American art historians and museum curators.


Ezra Morris / GPB

Starting this week, state agencies have a little less money to get things done.   

Gov. Brian Kemp ordered budget cuts last month, encouraging departments to cut redundant spending and warning of a potential future economic downturn.     

But the lawmakers who craft the budget aren’t so sure. They met last week to hear more about the Georgia economy. 


Hala Moddelmog
Metro Atlanta Chamber

The Metro Atlanta Chamber is marking its 160th anniversary. 

For average Georgians who don't own a business, a chamber of commerce may not seem to impact our everyday lives.

In fact, the Metro Atlanta Chamber has a lot of influence over life in Georgia, ranging from our transportation options to attracting a Super Bowl to the design of our state flag.

Thomas Kemper and Billy Friend
United Methodist Church Global Ministries

An Atlanta-based ministry and a Native American tribe recently came together to fix a nearly 200-year-old injustice.


Evacuees boarding a bus
Emily Jones

As of noon Wednesday, 5,600 people were staying in shelters set up by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency due to Hurricane Dorian.


Georgia Army National Guardsmen are preparing at Ft. Stewart to bring relief to coastal communities recovering from Hurricane Dorian.
Georgia National Guard

Thousands of Georgians were in wait-and-see mode Wednesday evening as the eye of Hurricane Dorian approached the southeastern shoreline.

Two hundred members of the Georgia National Guard were placed on active duty ahead of the storm.  

Up to 2,000 guardsmen could be activated to help with recovery efforts.


Stephen B. Morton / AP

Hurricane Dorian is already affecting the state of Georgia, and its effects will be felt whether or not the storm makes landfall.

Hundreds of coastal residents have evacuated their homes and have been relocated to wait out the storm. GPB’s Emily Jones joined Rickey Bevington to talk about what the scene looks like on the Georgia coast.


David Goldman / AP Photo/File

The news that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) will resign his seat at the end of 2019 sent shockwaves through the political landscape in Georgia, as leaders on both sides of the aisle reflect on his decades-long legacy and look ahead to how his absence will shift electoral politics in the coming years.

His current term will not end until 2022, but the 74-year-old Republican said Wednesday that because of growing health concerns he has “concluded that [he] will not be able to do the job over the long term in the manner the citizens of Georgia deserve.”


Atlanta United brought home the first-ever Campeones Cup for the MLS in August.
Atlanta United FC

How is Atlanta keeping pedestrians, bicyclists and scooter riders safe? Why are solid waste bills suddenly so high? Will the city build more parks? 

In the August installment of our Ask: The Mayor series with GPB’s Rickey Bevington, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms answers those listener questions and more.

Scroll down to watch the full video.

HIGHLIGHTS This conversation has been edited for clarity and conciseness.

There’s a new report from the federal government that has some surprising data about last fall’s election.

According to the latest Election Administration and Voting Survey, Georgia led the nation in automated voter registration and accepted a higher percentage of absentee and provisional ballots than previous years.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office says that’s proof that voter suppression does not exist in Georgia, but those numbers are only part of the story.

Political reporter Stephen Fowler joined GPB’s Rickey Bevington in the studio to explain.

Ted Turner Talking With News Anchors AT CNN Studios.
CNN.com

Before there were cellphone push alerts and before Americans turned to social media for news updates, Ted Turner started the world’s first 24-hour all news television channel, CNN, in 1980.


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