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.

Ways to Connect

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Georgia Public Broadcasting’s new series What You Need To Know: Coronavirus provides succinct, fact-based information to help you get through the coronavirus pandemic with your health and sanity intact. 

Atlanta Community Food Bank CEO Kyle Waide spoke with Rickey Bevington, host of GPB's All Things Considered, about the impact COVID-19 has had on food banks and the resources available for those who need assistance.

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Georgia Public Broadcasting’s new series What You Need To Know: Coronavirus provides succinct, fact-based information to help you get through the coronavirus pandemic with your health and sanity intact.

GPB's All Things Considered host Rickey Bevington spoke to Chip Burger about his recovery from COVID-19 and how his life changed since his release from Wellstar North Fulton Hospital.

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Georgia Public Broadcasting’s new series What You Need To Know: Coronavirus provides succinct, fact-based information to help you get through the coronavirus pandemic with your health and sanity intact. 

Hugh Acheson, celebrity chef and restauranteur speaks with Rickey Bevington, host of GPB's All Things Considered, about the impact COVID -19 has had on the restaurant community and best practices when using takeout.

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As many of us worry about the health and welfare of ourselves and loved ones right now, people experiencing homelessness are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus. As of January 2019, the federal government estimates Georgia has more than 10,000 people without homes, including veterans, families and unaccompanied young adults.

Gov. Brian Kemp’s coronavirus task force has provided guidelines for communities to help the homeless in their coronavirus emergency planning.

Those recommendations were led by experts in Atlanta.


Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
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Atlanta's hospitals could reach capacity by May 3 if the current rate of coronavirus infection continues,  Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Monday. 

The Atlanta mayor spoke on a public online conference call from her home where she is self-quarantining with her husband and four children.


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Georgia Public Broadcasting’s new series What You Need To Know: Coronavirus provides succinct, fact-based information to help you get through the coronavirus pandemic with your health and sanity intact. 

Georgia's Attorney General, Chris Carr, spoke with Rickey Bevington, host of GPB's All Things Considered, about scams amid the coronavirus outbreak and steps residents can take to ensure they are protected.

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Georgia Public Broadcasting’s new series What You Need To Know: Coronavirus provides succinct, fact-based information to help you get through the coronavirus pandemic with your health and sanity intact. 

Atlanta Beltline CEO Clyde Higgs speaks with GPB's All Things Considered host Rickey Bevington about best practices to stay safe if you must go out to locations like the BeltLine and other outdoor green spaces.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has issued an executive order directing Atlanta police officers not to enforce laws prohibiting selling alcohol to-go from bars and restaurants. 

It's the latest in a series of emergency measures she's taken to both limit the spread of the coronavirus and support those who have been impacted economically by the pandemic.


WellStar Health System has built temporary extensions to their emergency departments to handle the growing number of patients coming in with flu-like symptoms.
WellStar Health System

COVID-19 cases in Georgia as of Thursday are mounting to nearly 200 as more people become sick and more test results come back positive.

One of the largest medical organizations in Georgia is WellStar Health System, including 11 hospitals, dozens of urgent care centers and hundreds of medical providers.


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Across Georgia and the nation, schools and businesses are closed, major events have been canceled and millions of people have been ordered to work from home to help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus — or COVID-19. Life as we know it has been disrupted. People are scared and looking for solid information.

Georgia Public Broadcasting’s new series “What You Need To Know: Coronavirus” provides fact-based information on getting through the virus with health and sanity intact. 

Phoebe Putney Health System

More drive-thru testing facilities are opening in some Georgia communities but concerns remain over whether many of the state's residents have access to those tests.

As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 1500 Georgians have been tested, the Georgia of Department of Public health revealed in a daily update.

Ross Williams is a reporter for the Georgia Recorder who published a piece about COVID-19 testing in Georgia. GPB's Rickey Bevington spoke to him about that story.

This conversation has been edited for clarity and conciseness.


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The spread of coronavirus is changing the way we vote in Georgia, coming at a critical time for elections officials.

Voters are being encouraged to use mail-in absentee ballots and the March 24 presidential primary is postponed until May. Counties also could face a shortage of poll workers as people choose to stay home for their health.

Dr. Kathleen Toomey
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Georgia should expect many more COVID-19 cases in the coming days, warns the state's top public health official. 


David Goldman / AP

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued a state of emergency Sunday as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia ticked to 99.  

The declaration bans gatherings of more than 250 people and gives Bottoms the authority to close roads, impose curfews and shut down businesses. 

Shortly after the mayor's announcement, the CDC updated its recommendations to limit gatherings to 50 people. The mayor later said she might revise her order. 

Stature with coronavirus mask
AP Photo/Alberto Saiz

Thinking about the potential spread of coronavirus can be terrifying.

Mental health experts are urging all of us to take care of our emotional well-being and that of our loved ones.


Andrew Young
AP Photo/Robert Ray

GPB-TV has a new documentary about civil rights leader and former ambassador Andrew Young.


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The company seeking to mine for heavy minerals near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has withdrawn its permit application. Twin Pines Minerals said it would resubmit a new plan to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

GPB reporter Emily Jones spoke with host Rickey Bevington about the latest developments in the controversial proposal.


Voter casts ballot in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
John Bazemore / AP

This fall, millions of Georgians will make their choices for president, U.S. House and Senate and their state lawmakers – and millions more will stay home.

A new study from the Knight Foundation sought to answer why, and found that non-voters are less likely to trust the electoral process, less likely to engage with the news and less likely to have strong partisan opinions on political issues. The average non-voter is also more likely to have lower income and education levels than people who do vote. 


FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION

The injuries to a right whale calf spotted off the Georgia coast are worse than originally thought, and scientists have downgraded its chance of survival to poor.

Host Rickey Bevington spoke with GPB's Emily Jones about the injured whale and what this means for the critically endangered species.


Georgia State Capitol
John Amis / AP

Georgia lawmakers gathered under the Gold Dome for the first day of the 2020 legislative session Monday.

House Speaker David Ralston said last week he expects this year's session will largely focus on balancing the state's $27.5 billion budget.

Lawmakers could also consider legislation allowing people to vote on a constitutional amendment in November on whether to legalize gambling among other measures.


Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Republican finance executive Kelly Loeffler took the oath of office and was sworn in Monday as the newest member of the United States Senate representing Georgia. Her appointment to the upper chamber of Congress follows the early retirement of three-term Sen. Johnny Isakson. 


boat on Lake Lanier
AP Photo/David Goldman

Some longtime Georgia residents may remember the building of Lake Lanier.

A new oral history project starting Monday at the Forsyth County Public Library system seeks to capture those memories.


The 2020 U.S. Census will be offered in three formats: online, over the phone, or by mail.
Ross Terrell / GPB News

The end of another decade means the census, the national population count that happens once every 10 years. It takes place in 2020. The decennial count gives us a snapshot of who lives in the United States and how things might have changed since 2010. 

Numbers from the 2020 census will also be used to determine how and where billions of federal dollars for states, counties and local communities are spent. 

Stephen Fowler | GPB News

2019 has been a consequential year across Georgia’s political landscape, from the inauguration of a new governor to fierce debates over voting and reproductive rights to national attention over the state’s potential to flip from Republican to Democrat.

GPB political reporter Stephen Fowler sat down with All Things Considered host Rickey Bevington to recap some of the biggest moments.


UGA Carl Vinson Institute

By the end of the century, sea levels off the Georgia coast are expected to rise anywhere from one to eight feet. Climate change is also predicted to pose other threats to Georgia communities including more violent hurricanes and heavier rainfall. A lesser-known potential problem affects septic systems.

 

GPB and the Savannah Morning News are investigating that issue thanks to a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GPB’s Emily Jones is spearheading the project and spoke with Rickey Bevington about it.


Anna Stewart
CNN

As Americans find themselves divided over impeachment, Brits are at odds over Brexit.

That's the nation’s divorce from the European Union.

London’s Big Ben will ring 10 p.m. local time Thursday and polls close in Britain’s historic general election.


Uga the bulldog
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?


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