Sarah Rose

Reporter

Sarah Rose (they/them) is a reporter for GPB News.

Prior to GPB, they worked for several national nonprofits and as a legislative assistant for U.S. Congress. They have also contributed guest editorials for The Advocate and Virgin.

Sarah is a 2012 graduate of Kennesaw State University, where they were an on-air host for Owl Radio.

Chris Veal

The BeltLine and the Georgia Department of Transportation have told GPB they have no plans to remove the Baby Yoda mural from the BeltLine.

“While Baby Yoda is located on our structure, we do not have any plans for a removal,” GDOT Communications Specialist Tori Brown said. “The Beltline can make that final decision.”

Jenny Odom, communications and media relations manager for the BeltLine said she sees no problem with the mural.

“It’s a free art space,” she said.

STEPHEN FOWLER / GPB NEWS

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms issued an executive order Tuesday to create the Office of Inspector General.

“The Inspector General will serve as an independent set of eyes, ears and teeth to root out misconduct and waste in a manner that is completely separate from any political influence,” Bottoms said in a news release.

The mayor's office started looking last year at ways to evaluate its legislative and administrative policies related to ethics and transparency.

Stephen B. Morton / AP

GPB is hosting on Wednesday a film screening of Black 47, an action-adventure drama that takes place during the Irish potato famine of the late 1840s.

Shane Stevens, consul general of the Irish Consulate, will be in Atlanta for the screening of the film alongside GPB CEO Teya Ryan and the film’s star, James Frecheville.

Some 800,000 Georgians claim Irish heritage. The first shipload of immigrants from Ireland docked on the coast of what became the colony of Georgia and 1734. Thousands were escaping the potato famine of 1845 to 1849, when nearly 1 million Irish nationals died. Black 47 examines the horrors of the famine and the resilience of the Irish people.


Sarah Rose / GPB News

The collapsed portion of the DuPre Excelsior Mill will be rebuilt, Doug Young, assistant director for historic preservation for the city of Atlanta Office of Design, said Monday.

A side of the historic building collapsed in late December following a renovation accident.

Chris Veal

Chris Veal recently made news headlines for his Atlanta BeltLine mural of Baby Yoda, a character from the new Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

But his work is no stranger to the city.

Veal said he painted the Baby Yoda for fun because he's a fan of the show.

“It was nice to have something new with Star Wars that I could enjoy again," he said. "Plus, I really love painting stuff from pop culture.”

GBPI

The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute published a new poll of registered Georgia voters on their feelings about the state budget.

According to the poll, 78.3% of Georgians oppose or strongly oppose budget cuts if they affect public safety, health care or education. 68.1% would oppose cuts that would lead to layoffs. 

State Rep. Philip Singleton's Office

The "Student Athlete Protection Act" was recently filed in the Georgia legislature by state Rep. Philip Singleton (R-Sharpsburg). His first filed bill, HR 747, would among other things give athletic organizations the authority to prevent transgender athletes from competing in sporting events that don't match the gender assigned at birth.


US Customs and Border Agency

U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted 20 pounds of cocaine from different travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport during the holiday season.

In a press release, CBP detailed different incidents where the drug was discovered:

Courtesy of Fugazi

The historic DuPre Excelsior Mill on North Avenue in Atlanta has a storied past of music history, one that extends prior to its 30-year tenure as the home of the Masquerade music venue. A portion of the building collapsed last Friday during renovation efforts to convert the space into an office park.

Sarah Rose / GPB News

The Chinese Lantern Festival has returned for another year at Centennial Olympic Park.

This year's theme is "Into the Wild," with lanterns shaped like different wildlife, including the mouth of a giant shark that visitors can walk through. The festival also includes performances from acrobats, musicians and traditional theater. 

Among this year's new "interactive" attractions is a giant illuminated piano that visitors can play.

There are several merchandise booths available that offer traditional artwork and edible "sugar dragons."

Sarah Rose / GPB News

The Masquerade on Saturday responded to news of the partial collapse of the DuPre Excelsior Mill, the music venue's former home of 28 years. It relocated in 2016 to the former Kenny’s Alley space in Underground following some uncertainty.

Sarah Rose / GPB News

The historic DuPre Excelsior Mill in downtown Atlanta partially collapsed during recent construction.

No one was on site Friday when GPB News reporter Sarah Rose arrived. The location is undergoing renovations to become an office park. It formerly housed the Masquerade music venue for 28 years.

Developers Southeastern Capital Companies and Coro Realty announced earlier this month a new project after initial plans for converting the property into a mixed restaurant and retail space failed to materialize.

Heather Mount / Unsplash

Congress granted $25 million in funding last week toward researching gun violence, the first of its kind in decades.

 


lab technologist Sharda Modi tests a patient's swab for a flu infection
David Goldman / AP

Georgia is seeing outpatient visits for flu-like illness at a higher rate than the national average, according to health officials.


AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

The last full "cold moon" of the decade will light up the Georgia sky Thursday night.

Sarah Rose / GPB News

The Center for Puppetry Arts is spending this week honoring Caroll Spinney, who spent decades puppeteering the iconic characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street.

Spinney died Sunday, Dec. 8, at his home in Connecticut following complications with dystonia, a neurological disorder. He was 85.


SUNTRUST AND BB&T

Atlanta-based SunTrust and Winston-Salem-based BB&T completed their planned merger Friday, becoming the sixth-largest bank in the nation. SunTrust was the largest bank in Georgia. The companies previously announced the name of the newly-created company in June of this year.

Southeastern Capital Companies/Coro Realty Smith Dalia Architects

The historic site that previously housed the Masquerade music venue is about to become an office park.

Developers Southeastern Capital Companies and Coro Realty announced this week a new project for the Old DuPre Mill location. The initial plans for the property were to convert it into a mixed restaurant and retail space.

The Masquerade, known for having three differently-sized stages dubbed “Heaven,” “Hell” and “Purgatory,” was located for 28 years at the site. It relocated in 2016 to the former Kenny’s Alley space in Underground following some uncertainty.

ANNA DZUBINSKI / THE LAWRENCE

Thursday marks the 85th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition – and Atlanta is celebrating with several events planned across the city.


AP / ERIC GAY

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last Wednesday that it's awarding nearly $1.5 million in funds towards controlling feral swine in Georgia.


Emily Jones / GPB News

Ten candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination took the stage Wednesday night for a debate in southwest Atlanta. 

While the nation was focused on the event at Tyler Perry Studios, GPB’s team of reporters attended watch parties across the state from Savannah to Marietta to hear from voters on both sides of the aisle.  


SARAH ROSE / GPB

Chick-Fil-A announced on Monday that it would stop donating to The Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, two organizations with a history of anti-LGBTQ policies. 

Petar Petrov / AP

The Alpha Monocerotids meteor shower will be visible for Georgia residents late Thursday night, weather permitting.

Fernbank Science Center astronomer April Whitt said those who want to see the shower should set their sights left of Sirius, the dog star, which is the brightest star in the night sky.


PIXABAY

Georgia will receive from the U.S. Department of Justice $153 million in grant money for what Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Claire Murray described Tuesday as "public safety" initiatives, nearly $4.3 million of which will go toward human trafficking survivors in the state. 

Stephen Fowler | GPB News

President Donald J. Trump kicked off a new effort to increase support among African American voters in Atlanta Friday, as local Democrats and other groups denounced his policies.

Speaking to a full capacity room of several hundred at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta, Trump launched his "Black Voices For Trump" coalition by arguing his policies were beneficial to black Americans.

Czarek Sokolowski / AP

Mercury will visibly move across the sun this upcoming Veterans Day, the last event of its kind until May 7, 2049, making it a last-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some Georgia residents.

SARAH ROSE / GPBNEWS

The Public Service Commission on Monday began public hearings on a proposed rate hike by Georgia Power. If approved, it would raise monthly service fees by nearly 80%. 


Sarah Rose / GPB News

DeKalb County officials say two men were killed Wednesday when a plane crashed into a townhome near I-85 & Clairmont Road.

Google Streetview of First Iconium Baptist Church

Community members and activists came together Monday night in Atlanta to speak out against Georgia Power’s proposed rate hike. The increase, set for 2020, would raise rates by about $10 for a typical residence.


Community members place hands on each others shoulders during a candlelit vigil in support of the “safe harbor” legislation for child victims of human trafficking, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Atlanta.
David Goldman / AP

A new Georgia State University study says more than half of the homeless youth in Atlanta have experienced some form of human trafficking.

 

The study, led by Professor Eric Wright, found that marginalized groups like LGBTQ youth, as well as children who come from troubled backgrounds, are even more likely to experience exploitation.