Denis O'Hayer

Host of All Things Considered and Marketplace

All Things Considered and Marketplace are locally hosted by broadcast veteran Denis O’Hayer. Prior to working at WABE, Denis covered local affairs, politics and government for 11 years as a political reporter for WXIA/11Alive. As ATC host, he brings with him the same keen eye for news and information. ATC offers listeners up-to-date traffic reports, weather updates, and provides three expanded Atlanta-based news reports each hour.

O’Hayer began his broadcast career in radio in Connecticut in 1976 at WGCH-AM followed by WELI-AM. In 1978, his career led him to Atlanta where he accepted a position with WGST-AM/FM. O’Hayer worked at the station for more than 19 years in a variety of roles. Through the years, O’Hayer has hosted several news and public affairs programs including Midday and Lifestyle, two magazine shows; Counterpoint with Tom Houck and Dick Williams; Cover Your Assets, a consumer-oriented show; Lawn & Garden; The Home Show; The Law Show; and Thirty ‘til Six, an afternoon drive news block with Bob Coxe. From 1991-1997, O’Hayer hosted Sixty at Six, a daily, one hour news and interview program. His broadcast career also includes on-air work with CNN’s Southeast Bureau and Georgia Public Broadcasting.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
8:24 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

A Response to Gov. Deal's Letter to the President on Unaccompanied Central American Children

Jeffrey Tapia, executive director of the Latin American Association
Credit Latin American Association

  On July 24, 2014, Governor Nathan Deal (R-Georgia) sent an angry letter to President Barack Obama, criticizing the administration's response to the surge in unaccompanied Central American children who have crossed the U.S. border with Mexico.

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Page-Turners
3:45 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Three Page-Turners...from Stacey Abrams

Abrams's writing bio calls her 'a lawyer by day and a writer during every waking hour.'
Credit Georgia General Assembly

 Stacey Abrams has a unique resume. 

The Democratic Minority Leader in the Georgia state house and state representative for Atlanta’s 89th district is also a writer of romantic thrillers under the pen name “Selena Montgomery.”

WABE’s Denis O’Hayer sat down to talk with Abrams about how she grew up surrounded by books—sometimes, literally nested in them. (That story’s in the interview’s extended version.) They also discussed what makes a biography great, and how on earth Abrams even finds the time to read—and write novels—while pursuing her day-job.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:30 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Republican Runoff for U.S. Senate: A Talk with Rep. Jack Kingston

Rep. Jack Kingston (right), a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, talks with WABE's Denis O'Hayer at the White House restaurant in Buckhead during a campaign stop on July 18, 2014.
Credit Chris Crawford

  WABE's Denis O'Hayer sat down with both candidates in the Republican runoff for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Saxby Chambliss, who decided not to seek re-election.  Former Dollar General and Reebok CEO David Perdue faces Congressman Jack Kingston in the July 22, 2014 GOP runoff.  The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn and Libertarian Amanda Swafford in the November general election.  Here is the conversation with Rep. Kingston, which took place during a campaign stop at the White House restaurant in Buckhead.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:47 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Republican Runoff for U.S. Senate: A Talk with David Perdue

Republican Senate candidate David Perdue (left) talks with WABE's Denis O'Hayer aboard Perdue's campaign RV in Hall County, July 16, 2014.
Credit Derrick Dickey

  WABE's Denis O'Hayer sat down with both candidates in the Republican runoff for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Saxby Chambliss, who decided not to seek re-election.  Former Dollar General and Reebok CEO David Perdue faces Congressman Jack Kingston in the July 22, 2014 GOP runoff.  The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn and Libertarian Amanda Swafford in the November general election.  Here is the conversation with David Perdue, which took place on his campaign RV as it moved from Hall County to Jackson County for campaign events:

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:51 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

New Staff, Same Challenges for Georgia's Child Welfare System: A Talk with New DFCS Director

Georgia DFCS Director Bobby Cagle talks with WABE's Denis O'Hayer at the station's studios on July 17, 2014.
Credit Rob Aaron / WABE News

  On July 16, 2014, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced the state will immediately hire 100 new case workers for the Division of Family and Children's Services, usually called DFCS.  The Governor was responding to continuing reports of children who have been put at risk, and some who have died, in the state's troubled and overburdened child welfare system.  WABE's Denis O'Hayer had an extended interview with Bobby Cagle, the new DFCS director, who was appointed by the Governor in June.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
9:25 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Amid Battle Over Ethics Memo, a Look at the Rules of Evidence, with Emory Law's Matthew McCoyd

Emory Law Adjunct Professor Matthew J. McCoyd
Credit Emory University School of Law

  On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens issued a statement responding to questions about whether his office withheld a 2012 memo written by the Holly LaBerge, the current head of the state ethics commission.  In the document, which was entitled "Memorandum of Record," LaBerge gave her version of conversations with Governor Nathan Deal's chief counsel Ryan Teague, and his chief of staff, Chris Riley.

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Politics
9:04 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Attorney General Rejects Claims He Withheld Deal Ethics Memo; One Plaintiff's Attorney Responds

Attorney General Sam Olens (R-Georgia)
Credit Georgia Attorney General's Office

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens issued a statement Tuesday responding to questions about whether his office withheld a 2012 memo written by Holly LaBerge, the current head of the state ethics commission.  In the document, which was entitled "Memorandum of Record," LaBerge gave her version of conversations with Gov. Nathan Deal's chief counsel Ryan Teague, and his chief of staff, Chris Riley.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:46 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Fulton County Heads for Possible Legal Showdown with State over Tax Hike

Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves, in a photo from his website.

  On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the Fulton County Commission is expected to vote on a proposed tax increase, to plug a budget shortfall currently estimated at more than $40 million.  Whatever the amount of the tax hike, a "yes" vote would set up a potential legal collision with the state, because in 2013, the General Assembly passed HB 604, which bans Fulton County from raising taxes until the start of 2015.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:31 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

The "Hot Car" Case, Social Media Evidence, and What They Tell Us about Our Legal System's Future

WABE legal analyst and criminal defense attorney Page Pate
Credit The Pate Law Firm

  The tragic story of Cooper Harris, a Cobb County toddler who died in a hot car, has riveted people all over the nation, and even in other countries.  One major reason for the spread of the story:  social media.  Social media records are also a big chunk of the evidence that police and prosecutors have gathered as they prepare their case against Cooper's father, Ross.  Some of the court decisions about that evidence could influence other cases in the future.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
8:00 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

ARC: Drought or No Drought, We Need to Conserve Water

Katherine Zitsch, manager of the Natural Resources Division of the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Credit Atlanta Regional Commission

  For many in metro Atlanta, the drought years at the end of the last decade are barely a memory.  But, a new presentation from the Atlanta Regional Commission, called a "Regional Snapshot," argues we still need to step up water conservation.  

But the ARC's natural resources division manager, Katherine Zitsch, says conservation alone still won't meet the region's water supply needs.  She spoke with WABE's Denis O'Hayer.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:38 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Does Hobby Lobby Ruling Change Anything? A Talk with Emory's Dr. Mark Goldfeder

Dr. Mark Goldfeder, senior lecturer at the Emory University School of Law, and a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University.
Credit Emory University School of Law

  

  On Monday, June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of family-owned and other closely-held for-profit businesses that want to opt out of part of the Affordable Care Act for religious reasons.

Oklahoma-based store chain Hobby Lobby had challenged a provision in the law, which requires companies to provide contraception coverage in their workers' health insurance plans.  

At this point, even legal experts can't seem to agree on how much--if anything--will change in American workplaces because of this ruling.  

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
8:20 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

A Survivor's Story: Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War, and the Campaign to End It

Prisca Uwigabye, with her husband Thomas Tuah, speaking with WABE's Denis O'Hayer at the station's studios on June 24, 2014.
Credit Rose Scott / WABE News

  In mid-June, 2014, the British government organized an international forum on the worldwide problem of sexual violence as a weapon of war.  The Carter Center in Atlanta was one of the discussion sites.  Among those speaking at the June 10 Atlanta forum was Prisca Uwigabye, who was raped during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.  Prisca Uwigabye now works with Refugee Family Services in Atlanta, where she supports victims of domestic abuse.  She spoke about her experiences, and her work on behalf of other victims, with WABE's Denis O'Hayer.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
4:13 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Fact Check: PolitiFact's Jim Tharpe on Medicaid Expansion Claims by Nathan Deal & Jason Carter

Jim Tharpe, editor of PolitiFact Georgia
Credit Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  Georgia's 2014 U.S. Senate contest is heading toward a Republican runoff on July 22.  But the candidates for Governor have already launched their campaigns for the November general election.  Republican incumbent Nathan Deal, and State Sen. Jason Carter have started running TV ads attacking each other, while Libertarian candidate Dr. Andrew Hunt is just starting his campaign.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
5:46 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Center for Civil & Human Rights Opens: Rep. John Lewis Looks at its Lessons about Past & Future

Congressman John Lewis (D-Georgia), in the foreground, stands with Christine King Farris, sister of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the opening ceremonies for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta, on June 23, 2014.
Credit Denis O'Hayer, WABE News

  On Monday, June 23, 2014, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights opened in downtown Atlanta.  Democratic Atlanta Congressman John Lewis was not only a speaker at the opening ceremonies; he is part of the exhibits, because of his lifetime of work in civil rights.  But, in a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, Lewis said the Center is not just about the lessons of the past; it's a call to future action.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:42 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

A Look at the Complex Crisis in Iraq, with Sen. Saxby Chambliss

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia)
Credit U.S. Senate

  On Thursday, June 19, 2014, President Obama announced the U.S. will send up to 300 special forces members to Iraq, in an effort to increase intelligence about the advance of extremist forces there.  

Georgia Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss is the ranking GOP member of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee.  He talked about the complexities of the Iraq crisis, in a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
8:10 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Do Challenges to Lethal Injection Executions Have a Future?

Megan McCracken, Eighth Amendment Resource Counsel at the U.C. Berkeley School of Law's Death Penalty Clinic.
Credit University of California-Berkeley

  On Tuesday, June 17, 2014, Georgia death row inmate Marcus Wellons was scheduled to die by lethal injection, for the 1989 rape and murder of his 15-year-old neighbor, India Roberts.  Death penalty opponents have filed a series of challenges to the state's process of obtaining and using the execution drug.  They have also challenged the 2013 state law that classifies the identity of the compounding pharmacy as a state secret.  But all of these challenges to Georgia's execution method have so far failed in the courts.

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Local
8:22 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Atlanta VA, Others in Ga. Flagged for Review: A Look at What's Next with Sen. Johnny Isakson

Atlanta's VA Medical Center, near Decatur.
Credit Michelle Wirth / WABE News

  On Monday, June 9, 2014, a Department of Veterans Affairs audit flagged Atlanta's VA Medical Center, and four other Georgia facilities, for further review.  The audit and the deeper investigations come amid rising anger over long wait times for veterans seeking care, and allegations that staffers in some VA facilities falsified records in order to make the wait times appear shorter than they really are.  Georgia Republican U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson is a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.  He spoke with WABE's Denis O'Hayer about the latest developments.

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Local
7:25 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Remembering the Tiananmen Square Massacre, 25 Years Later: A Talk with the AJC's Jim Galloway

One of the photographs of the 1989 demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, posted by Atlanta Journal-Constitution political columnist Jim Galloway, as he remembered his experiences of the killings that took place in and around the square in June, 1989.
Credit Jim Galloway / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  It has now been 25 years since the massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators in and around Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.  Atlanta Journal-Constitution political columnist Jim Galloway was there during those terrible hours and days.  He recently posted an article and some of his photographs on his web page.  He looked back in a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer.

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Local
8:36 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

How Will Proposed Carbon Emission Rules Affect Georgia? Views from Both Sides of the Battle

Georgia Power's Plant Scherer, located in Juliette, GA, in a photo from the website Energy Manager Today.
Credit Energy Manager Today

  On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed new rules aimed at cutting carbon pollution from existing coal-fired power plants over the next 15 years.  

Environmental advocates called the proposal an important step in addressing how pollution contributes to climate change.  Utility industry leaders said the new rules will cost jobs and raise consumer costs.  

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Arts
8:00 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Remembering Maya Angelou: A Portion of Her 2004 "Between the Lines" Interview with Valerie Jackson

Dr. Maya Angelou, addressing the 1992 graduating class at Spelman College in Atlanta.
Credit Spelman College

  Poet, author, activist, and actress Maya Angelou died on May 28, 2014, at the age of 86.  Dr. Angelou had deep ties to Atlanta, among other places.  In April, 2004, she sat down with Valerie Jackson for an interview for the WABE program, "Between the Lines."  In this segment, Dr. Angelou talked about how she emerged from her grief over the assassinations of her friends Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., by summoning the spirit that infuses one of her best-known poems, "Still I Rise."  (In the expanded version, you can hear Dr. Angelou recite "Still I Rise.")

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Local
5:55 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

A Talk with Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), about the Crisis at the VA

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia)
Credit U.S. Senate

  After a May 28, 2014 House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing revealed more systemic scheduling abuses at Veterans Administration hospitals around the nation, more members of Congress joined the calls for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

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Local
7:43 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

A Talk with Rep. David Scott (D-Georgia), about the Crisis at the VA

The Atlanta VA Medical Center near Decatur
Credit Michelle Wirth / WABE News

 

   As the scope of the Veterans Administration scandal continues to widen, President Obama has promised action, and some members of Congress have questioned the ability of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to fix the problems.  Last week, Georgia Congressman David Scott, an Atlanta Democrat, called for Shinseki's resignation and criticized President Obama's response to the revelations of wrongdoing at the VA, which, according to official reports, has contributed to the deaths of some vets.  Rep. Scott spoke with WABE's Denis O'Hayer.

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Politics
7:36 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Campaign 2014: A Conversation with Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jason Carter

Atlanta Democratic State Senator Jason Carter, on the left, talks with WABE's Denis O'Hayer at Carter's gubernatorial campaign headquarters in Midtown Atlanta, on May 22, 2014.
Credit Bryan Thomas

  Atlanta State Senator Jason Carter was unopposed in the Democratic gubernatorial primary on May 20, 2014.  He now faces incumbent Republican Governor Nathan Deal in the November general election.  WABE's Denis O'Hayer sat down with both major party candidates in the days after the primary.  Here, he talks with Senator Carter.

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Politics
8:48 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Campaign 2014: A Conversation with Republican Governor Nathan Deal

Governor Nathan Deal (R-Georgia), on the left, speaks with WABE's Denis O'Hayer at the Governor's campaign headquarters in downtown Atlanta on May 21, 2014.
Credit Brian Robinson

  After easily defeating two Republican challengers in the party's primary on May 20, 2014, Governor Nathan Deal turned his attention to the general election in November, when he will face the Democratic nominee, Atlanta State Senator Jason Carter.  WABE's Denis O'Hayer sat down with both major party candidates in the days after the primary.  Here, he speaks with Governor Deal.

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Politics
8:40 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Major Party Nominees for Governor Open Fire Hours After Primaries End

  With the major party primaries for governor now decided, incumbent Republican Nathan Deal, and Atlanta State Senator Jason Carter, the Democratic challenger, are already firing at each other.  WABE’s Denis O’Hayer spoke with both of them.

Jason Carter told WABE the Governor has failed to adequately fund K-12 education.  Carter wants to change the Legislature’s budgeting process:  to set aside education money, before allocating any funds for other programs.

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Politics
7:50 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

A Conversation with Samantha Power, Former Atlantan and Now U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to the 2014 graduating class at DeKalb County's Lakeside High School on May 17, 2014. Power graduated from Lakeside in 1988.
Credit Denis O'Hayer / WABE News

  Samantha Power is the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.  She was born in Ireland; her parents brought her to the U.S. when she was 9 years old.  Power graduated from DeKalb County's Lakeside High School in 1988, and went to Yale University for her undergraduate degree.  

After her freshman year at Yale, she returned to Atlanta for a sports internship at WAGA-TV.  During that summer, Power says, she saw the reports on the massacre of Tienanmen Square protesters by Chinese government forces.  That changed the direction of her career.

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Business
8:02 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

A Talk About the Cobb County Stadium Design with Braves Exec VP Derek Schiller

One of the conceptual drawings released by the Atlanta Braves on May 14, 2014, shows the new Braves stadium in Cobb County and part of the mixed use complex around it.
Credit Atlanta Braves

 

On Thursday, May 15, 2014, Cobb County officials again defended the approval process and funding for the new Braves stadium.  While they were doing that, team officials were talking about the conceptual drawings for the new ballpark, which had been released the day before.  The proposed stadium, and the mixed-use development around it, are set to open in April, 2017.  Derek Schiller, the Braves executive vice president for sales and marketing, spoke with WABE's Denis O'Hayer.  

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Business
7:34 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Braves' Plans for New Stadium Call for Fewer Seats, More High-End Options

The Braves released more details about their plans for their new stadium in Cobb County.
Credit Atlanta Braves / homeofthebraves.com

On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, the Atlanta Braves released their first renderings, or preliminary drawings, of what their new stadium in Cobb County will look like.

Braves executive vice president Derek Schiller told WABE the new ballpark will have a capacity of 41,500.  That's down from the 50,000 seats in the team’s current home at Turner Field.

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Local
3:53 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Atlanta's Episcopal Bishop, Responding to New State Law, Bans Guns in Parish Churches

Bishop Rob Wright of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
Credit Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Georgia’s new gun law, HB 60, allows permit holders to carry concealed weapons into a church—but only if the church specifically allows it.  Some local religious leaders who oppose the law, however, are taking no chances.

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Local
1:31 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Atlanta Police: Suspect Found Dead In Fulton Assistant DA Shooting

The street sign for Fairway Circle, the street on which an assistant Fulton County DA was shot.
Credit Dan Raby / WABE

UPDATE April 29, 2014

We received the following today:

Statement from the Family of April McConnell

This has been an extremely difficult time for our family. We will never be able to answer the question of why this tragedy occurred.  In addition to ourselves, the lives of two other families have been terribly impacted by the events that transpired last Friday morning.

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