Rickey Bevington

Senior Anchor/ Correspondent

Rickey Bevington is a mainstay with Georgians as local host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Based in Atlanta, 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.

Bevington believes democracy is built on a free press and an informed electorate. Her 2017 TEDx talk "The Future Of News Media Is In Our Hands" empowers viewers to combat fake news. Her passion is fueled by nearly two decades of media industry experience including cable entertainment at Sundance Channel and Showtime Networks, local TV news at WFSB-TV 3 (CBS) in Hartford, Conn., publishing with Fodor's and the Hartford Courant, and reporting for NPR and PBS Newshour.

In 2019, Bevington traveled to Ukraine to explore media literacy, propaganda and voters’ access to information ahead of the presidential election. The year prior, she traveled to Hungary and Serbia to study media freedoms and was invited to present her findings at a conference on global democracy.

Georgia Trend Magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle named Bevington among the "40 Under 40" leaders making a positive impact in Georgia in 2015 and 2016.

In 2014, Bevington was appointed to a prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. The honor included a journey through Europe examining 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 systems of Sri Lanka and India. In 2011, Bevington journeyed to Jordan, Egypt, Israel and Greece with the Middle East Travel Seminar.

Bevington serves on the boards of the Atlanta Press Club, Dad’s Garage Theater and the Associated Press Media Editors of Georgia.

 

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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.


Gregory Bull / Associated Press

A month ago, President Donald Trump tweeted that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would begin the process of removing “millions of illegal aliens” from the country.  

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A company from Alabama wants to mine for heavy minerals in South Georgia, near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The Army Corps of Engineers is taking comment from the public now. GPB host Rickey Bevington spoke with reporter Emily Jones about the proposal.


Jessica Gurell / GPB

In this month's edition of Ask: The Mayor with Rickey Bevington, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms answers your questions on issues ranging from redeveloping the Gulch, preserving the city's tree canopy, attracting and retaining police officers and where to put a statue of hometown sports hero, Evander Holyfield.


Atlanta United Academy U-14 team after winning youth tournament
Atlanta United

In 2018,  Atlanta United defender George Bello became the sixth youngest player in Major League Soccer history to score a goal at age 16.

He’s a homegrown soccer player that trained at the Atlanta United Academy for several years before being signed in 2018.

The league requires each team to run programs like the Academy to train boys starting from age 11 to be the next generation of star players for the league.


Tormenta FC players in a huddle
Tormenta FC

When you think of sports in Georgia, your mind might immediately jump to football then maybe basketball or baseball.

But, according to a 2018 Gallup poll, soccer is now a more popular sport to watch among 18 to 54-year olds than baseball, and, because of this, professional soccer is a growing business opportunity.


Atlanta United fans
GPB News

Soccer is considered the most popular sport in the world. Half of the world's population watched some part of the month-long 2018 World Cup in Russia, according to FIFA.

As popular as soccer is globally, Georgia soccer fans still stand out for their dedication to the sport.


Kids playing at a Soccer in the Streets event outside of Mercedes Benz Stadium
Soccer in the Streets

If you ask adults why they played sports as a kid, they might say because it was fun. 

If you ask adults what skills they learned from sports, they might say teamwork, discipline and leadership. 

Teaching young people those life skills is the mission of Atlanta-based non-profit Soccer in the Streets, which is marking three decades working in communities like Clarkston, Vine City and Jonesboro. 

GPB's Rickey Bevington and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
Sophia Saliby / GPB

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joined Rickey Bevington live on 88.5 FM GPB at 10 a.m. Tuesday to answer your questions and discuss Atlanta's most pressing issues.

GPB's Rickey Bevington and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
Sophia Saliby / GPB

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joined GPB's Rickey Bevington live on 88.5 FM GPB at 10 a.m. Tuesday to answer your questions and discuss Atlanta's most pressing issues. 

Watch the Facebook Live video below.

This will be a monthly conversation so submit your questions for the mayor on Twitter with the hashtag #QuestionsForKeisha or by email at allATL@gpb.org.

Gnats don’t read maps, but the bugs do seem hesitant to cross an unseen, geographic boundary in Georgia. Learn about the disparities north and south of the "gnat line" from Tales from the Gnat Line author and longtime state lawmaker Larry Walker.


Lee Zak
Courtsey of Agnes Scott College

Agnes Scott College in Decatur is on a mission to reinvent liberal arts education.

What’s also evolving on this historic women’s campus? Concepts of gender.

That’s a lot of change for a private school of about 1,000 students. The woman tasked with leading these transitions will be inaugurated this week.


Rickey Bevington / Georgia Public Broadcasting

Central Atlanta Progress has proposed a stitch for downtown Atlanta. It would involve building green space over I-75 and connecting east and west downtown.

GPB's Rickey Bevington and Ross Terrell traveled near the site of the proposed project to discuss what it would look like.


Jason Hales/ Atlanta History Center

When the panoramic painting known as the Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama opened in 1886 in Wisconsin, its Northern audience delighted in celebrating the North’s Civil War victory over the South.  

 

Most American adults had lived through the historic conflict stretching from 1861 and 1865.  

 

But after the cyclorama moved to Atlanta in 1892, both the canvas and the story of the battle were reshaped into a point of Southern pride. 

Atlanta United logo mural
Delta Airlines

Atlanta United plays its first game in an international tournament Thursday.

The CONCACAF Champions League pits top ranked teams in North America, Central America and the Caribbean against one another.


Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Thomson200, Wikimedia Commons

The Falcons are not playing in Sunday's Super Bowl, but you will see Atlanta and Georgia represented in the big game.


Rickey Bevington / GPB News

How do you advertise something without saying what it is you’re advertising?

That’s the catch for companies hoping to market hundreds of parties and concerts connected to Super Bowl 53. The Los Angeles Rams play the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.


U.S. Coast Guard boat in front of the Statue of Liberty
(Cristo Vlahos, Wikimedia Commons)

The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard had this message for U.S. Coast Guard members affected by the partial government shutdown Tuesday night:

“Ultimately, I find it unacceptable that coast guard men and women have to rely on food pantries and donations to get through day to day life as service members," said Admiral Karl Schultz.

152 Nassau Street
Sophia Saliby

On Thursday, an Atlanta zoning board delayed a vote to allow the preservation of two historic buildings in downtown Atlanta.

One of them is where country music’s first major hit record, Fiddlin’ John Carson's "The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane" was recorded for OKeh Records in 1923.


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