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.

Glynn County Jail

The three white men charged with the death of Ahmaud Arbery are scheduled to appear in court before Chief Magistrate Judge Wallace E. Harrell at the Glynn County Courthouse on June 4, according to The Brunswick News.

The defendants, Gregory McMichael, his son, Travis McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan will appear through video conferencing technology due to lingering precautions about COVID-19.

Topher Payne

When GPB talked to Marietta theater owner Carolyn Choe at the onset of the pandemic, she spoke of the uncertainties ahead. Now months later, there are still far more questions than answers.

Chris Veal

Chris Veal met Nelson "Nels" Guzman met by accident at an Atlanta paint store six years ago.

That meeting would lead to a collaborative partnership that would later make waves in the Atlanta street art community.

The two hit it off talking about a particular paint they both had an interest in using and decided to stay in touch.

"He came here from L.A. and I found out he did murals and stuff, too. He painted graffiti," he said. "I was like 'Oh, alright. I need to call him.'"

Georgia Aquarium

A 20-year-old whale named Whisper gave birth to a calf May 17 at the Georgia Aquarium, officials said Monday.

CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

A 17-year-old boy has died of coronavirus, according to the latest data from the state health department. This is the youngest death reported in the state so far. 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Former Alabama state representative April Weaver has been appointed as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Director for Region IV.

Region IV includes Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi, Kentucky, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Weaver served as a representative in the Alabama House of Representatives for 10 years, including five years as the chair of the House Health Committee. She is also a registered nurse with 23 years of experience in hospitals.

Ross Terrell / GPB News

A lawsuit has been filed by employees of a distribution center in Lithia Springs and a medical sterilization plant in Cobb County.

MomoCon / Facebook

MomoCon, one of Georgia's biggest fandom and gaming conventions, will be held completely online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic starting Thursday, May 21.

Jacob Allen

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Jacob Allen didn't go to many concerts. Now, he's being credited for helping to save the world's music scene.

Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP

A representative for entertainer Ryan Seacrest has said the host did not have a stroke on Sunday night's American Idol.

Rumors and worries mounted that Seacrest, a native of Dunwoody, was experiencing some kind of medical emergency at the end of the singing competition program. The host can be seen slurring his words and squinting with one eye. 

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Atlanta-based Cox Automotive is planning to furlough more than 12,500 full-time and part-time employees.

The move comes after the company has been hit hard by the economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Christian Rincon

Christian Rincon had always been inspired by the power of street art and the messages it carried. 

"They're the ones to kind of rise above the noise," he said. "They say the things that sometimes more corporate mediums don't or other people are just not maybe allowed to."

Ted S. Warren / AP

Kroger has announced they will give full and part-time employees a $400 bonus following criticism from the country's largest grocery union.  The move comes after the chain ended their "hero pay" bonus program.

SHYANN SWANSON

Gregory and Travis McMichael were arrested last week for the death of Ahmaud Arbery in February.

The McMichaels shot and killed Ahmaud Arbery while he was out jogging on Feb. 23 in a neighborhood near Brunswick. The McMichaels told police at the time that Arbery matched the description of someone caught on a security camera committing recent break-ins in the neighborhood.


Shaun Krisher

Mere months ago huge crowds filled Center Stage in downtown Atlanta. Now, that image seems like a far off memory.

Josh Antenucci, a managing partner at the venue, said the outcome has been bleak since the venue decided to close its doors March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"We are not keeping the space afloat," he said. "We have had zero dollars in revenue."

Alex Brandon / AP

The White House announced this week that Georgia will receive over $260 million in federal funding to increase its capability to test for COVID-19.

U.S. Air Force graphic/Andrew Park

Dobbins Air Reserve Base will honor first responders across the state with a flyover Thursday May 14.

The base's C-130H3 Hercules aircraft will fly over eight hospitals, beginning at 6 p.m. 

ELIJAH NOUVELAGE / AP

Gov. Brian Kemp has amended his previous executive order that allowed learner's permit holders to upgrade to a driver's license without a driver's test. Now, those who have upgraded to a license will still have to take a test by Sept. 30.

Sarah Rose / GPB News

The coronavirus pandemic hasn't stopped reconstruction from beginning this month at the historic DuPre Excelsior Mill. A side of the historic building collapsed in late December following a renovation accident.

Developers are now working to rebuild and add support to the collapsed eastern wall.

Atlanta Preservation Center Director of Operations David Mitchell applauded the developers for sticking with their promise to rebuild. The APC successfully lobbied in 2006 to have the building declared a city landmark.

Bill Sikes / AP

Delta Air Lines will temporarily suspend service at 10 airports around the country beginning Wednesday, May 13.

The airline said the move is part of an effort to reduce exposure to COVID-19 for both their customers and employees.

Cobb District Attorney

Attorney General Chris Carr on Monday named Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes as the prosecutor for the Ahmaud Arbery case.

Cobb County District Attorney / Facebook

Attorney General Chris Carr on Monday named Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes as the prosecutor for the Ahmaud Arbery case, according to an official source. 


Liberty County Sheriff’s Office

Rashawn Smith, 20, was arrested Sunday in Midway, Georgia, by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. He was charged with Dissemination of Information Relating to Terroristic Acts.

The GBI said that on Saturday they were made aware of a threatening Facebook post made by Smith regarding future protests related to the Ahmaud Arbery case, according to a press release

Maria Goodavage

You've most likely seen bomb-sniffing dogs at the airport when you've gone through the security line.

In a post-coronavirus world, we could get used to seeing dogs in security checkpoints as we stand in line at stadiums, concert venues and even bars. These dogs wouldn't be sniffing for bombs, however. They would be tracking the scent of people who have COVID-19.

Shyann Swanson

Two men who shot and killed an unarmed black jogger in Coastal Georgia said they did so in accordance with Georgia's citizen's arrest law.

Sarah Rose / GPB News

As Atlanta-area rapper Michael "Killer Mike" Render stood in a face mask in front of Bankhead Seafood Market, he spoke of his passion for the Grove Park community.

Sarah Rose / GPB News

Taking a walk around Lenox Square, it doesn't look like a mall that has just reopened after weeks of keeping its doors closed.

Ann Watson / Emory University

An Emory University professor and poet is now the recipient of literature's highest honor, the Pulitzer Prize.

Mark Schiefelbein / AP

Two tech giants are hoping the phone in your pocket may be the key to fighting back against COVID-19. However, some argue it raises new questions about privacy and data. 

Several weeks ago, Apple and Google announced they were partnering to develop a contact tracing platform. In theory, this development would allow public health officials, and potentially governments, to track the spread of COVID-19 through phone data.

Lost-n-Found Youth

Nasheedah Muhammad, the director of the Atlanta LGBTQ charity Lost-n-Found Youth, knows firsthand what it is like to be without a home.

"This is so important to me, the work that I'm doing," she said. "I've been homeless. I've actually lived on the street for a year myself."

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