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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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.

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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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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.


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In this month's edition of #QuestionsForKeisha 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.


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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.


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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.


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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
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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.

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


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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.


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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.


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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. 

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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.


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


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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
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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.

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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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Yayoi Kusama's “Infinity Mirrors” exhibition at the High Museum of Art at Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center is so popular it sold out in days.

The appeal of art by an 89-year-old Japanese woman who lives voluntarily in a psychiatric hospital is not a surprise to Keinon Johnson, one of the High’s newest board members.

Johnson is the national director of urban promotions at Interscope Records who grew up in Harlem attending LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts. (The movie “Fame” was based on student life at the school.) GPB Atlanta’s “All Things Considered” spoke to Johnson inside a High Museum gallery.


It's that time of year when we look back and reflect on some of our newsroom's proudest moments, so we asked GPB's reporters and correspondents to take us behind the scenes of some of their favorite stories they've reported this year. Stephen Fowler, Cindy Hill, Rickey Bevington, Ross Terrell and Emily Jones joined "On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott in studio and on the line from Savannah to talk about their reporting.


On Monday, the City of Atlanta held its first sports championship victory parade since 1995 when the Braves won the World Series.  

Atlanta United won the Superbowl of Major League Soccer Saturday, defeating the Portland Timbers 2 – 0 in the MLS Cup.

In just two seasons, the team has broken every fan attendance record in the league, setting a new one over the weekend with 73,000 people at Mercedes Benz Stadium. Atlanta’s unique fan zeal was on display at today’s parade.


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Atlanta Falcons

The city of Atlanta has hosted several major sporting events since the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium last year. 

The city could also host the MLS Cup later this month and is being considered as a site for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

GPB's Rickey Bevington talks with Atlanta Sports Council President Dan Corso about the economic impact of these events and the teams that represent the city.


The Atlanta Press Club Runoff Debates were held Nov. 2 for Public Service Commission District 3 and Secretary of State.
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Georgians turned out to vote in record numbers on Nov. 6. But two important offices remain undecided. Races for the Public Service Commission District 3 and the secretary of state will be determined next Tuesday.

GPB's Stephen Fowler talks with Atlanta "All Things Considered" anchor Rickey Bevington about the Atlanta Press Club Debates for those races.


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Corruption elsewhere in the world can affect Americans in surprising ways.  

 

Your wedding ring could feature diamonds mined by warlords in Africa. Your talcum powder could contain minerals seized by terrorists in Afghanistan.  

The Georgia General Assembly session begins on January 14, 2019.
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Lawmakers are back at the state Capitol for a special legislative session. Gov. Nathan Deal called the session to address the billions of dollars in damage caused by Hurricane Michael as it tore through southwest Georgia in October.

GPB's Rickey Bevington visited the Capitol to talk with Greg Bluestein of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He explained the $270 million aid package legislators will consider.


Atlanta United

Atlanta's pro soccer team hosts New York City Sunday Nov. 11 in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs. Atlanta United beat New York City FC 1-0 Nov. 4 at Yankee Stadium. Whichever team scores the most goals over these two games advances to the Eastern Conference Finals.  

 

GPB Sports' Jon Nelson hosts the podcast "Soccer Down Here" about soccer in the South.  He spoke with "All Things Considered" Atlanta host Rickey Bevington about Atlanta’s successful second season. 

 

 

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After more than nine hours of public comment and discussion, Atlanta City Council approved a deal that will allow the private developer, CIM Group, to build out the Gulch.


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Nearly 2.1 million Georgians have cast ballots during early voting. The previous early voting turnout record in a midterm election was 945,507, officials said.

 

Polls show the governor’s race is tight, and a third-party candidate could get enough votes to force a runoff. 

 

GPB’s Stephen Fowler has been covering the election. He spoke with Rickey Bevington to talk about what could happen the day after the election.  

 


 

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