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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Politics
7:35 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

PolitiFact's "Lie of the Year:" A Talk With Jim Tharpe, Editor Of PolitiFact Georgia

Jim Tharpe, editor of PolitiFact Georgia, which appears in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and myajc.com
Credit Atlanta Journal-Constitution

2014 was an election year, which meant it was a tougher year than usual for the truth.  But PolitiFact gave the title "Lie of the Year" to a batch of statements - political and otherwise - about a health crisis: the Ebola outbreak.  

Denis O'Hayer spoke with Jim Tharpe, editor of PolitiFact Georgia, which appears in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and myajc.com.

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Local
6:16 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Kennesaw City Council To Vote Again On Mosque: A Preview With WABE's Martha Dalton

Demonstrators outside the Kennesaw City Council meeting on Dec. 1, 2014, demanding the Council reject a zoning request from a local Muslim congregation. The Council rejected the request, but has scheduled a second vote for Dec. 15, 2014.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

Two weeks after it voted to reject a Muslim congregation's request to locate a mosque in a small shopping center, the Kennesaw City Council will vote on the request again - and it's widely expected to reverse itself and approve the request.  

The second vote, on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, comes after the congregation said it would file a lawsuit, claiming discrimination based on religion.  

WABE's Martha Dalton previewed the second vote, in a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer.

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Business
8:29 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

A Talk With The Vermont Artist Who Won A Trademark Fight With Chick-fil-A

Vermont artist Bo Muller-Moore, wearing one of his "Eat More Kale" T-shirts, in a photo from his website.
Credit eatmorekale.com

  A Vermont artist has won a three-year trademark fight with Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A.  Despite the company's objections, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office gave Bo Muller-Moore the trademark rights to the phrase, "Eat More Kale," which he puts on the T-shirts he sells.  

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A Talk with State Sen. Renee Unterman
8:14 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

New Measures Would Ban Criminal Charges Against Young Sex Workers, and Get Them Treatment As Victims

State Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) has pre-filed two measures for the upcoming session aimed at offering more protection to young people who are trafficked for sex.
Credit Renee Unterman

(Note:  This story is part of WABE's continuing coverage of the fight against human trafficking in Georgia.)

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Politics
8:21 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

A Talk With Outgoing U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, Part Two

United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), in a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer on Dec. 5, 2014 at the Senator's office in Atlanta.
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

Georgia's senior U.S. Senator, Republican Saxby Chambliss, will leave office at the end of 2014. Chambliss decided not to seek re-election.  

In part two of a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, Chambliss looked back at his work on the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he is the ranking Republican member.  Chambliss discussed his working relationship with the committee chair, Democrat Diane Feinstein of California, and the complex decisions facing the U.S. in its battle with ISIS.

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Politics
8:45 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

A Talk With Outgoing U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, Part One

United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), in a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer on Dec. 5, 2014 in the Senator's Atlanta office.
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

Georgia's senior U.S. Senator, Republican Saxby Chambliss, will leave office at the end of 2014. Chambliss decided not to seek re-election.  

In part 1 of a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, Chambliss talked about the reasons for his decision, his frustration with the last few years of gridlock in Congress, and the controversial ad that was part of his successful 2002 campaign to unseat then-Senator Max Cleland.

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Arts
8:32 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Woodruff Foundation Gift & The ASO: A Talk With Woodruff Arts Center CEO Virginia Hepner

Part of the $38 million grant will be given to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Credit Vicky Van Santen / flickr.com/vvansanten

The Woodruff Arts Center is receiving a big gift from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation:  $38 million.  

A big chunk of that gift - $15 million - will go to an overhaul of the Alliance Theatre.  But the remaining $25 million will be doled out among the divisions of the Woodruff Arts Center:  the Alliance, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum, and Arts for Learning.  

The gift could be especially important to the ASO, which just emerged from a lockout of its musicians, following a dispute with management over benefits and the size of the orchestra.  

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Health & Science
5:26 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Power Plant Emissions Battle Enters New Round: A Talk GreenLaw Staff Attorney Ashten Bailey

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

In June 2014, the Federal Environmental Protection Agency proposed the Clean Power Plant Rule - some tough new standards for pollutants from power plants.  The overall goal is to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases - like carbon dioxide - from power plants by 30 percent from their 2005 levels, with a deadline of 2030.  

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Health & Science
7:38 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Power Plant Emissions Battle Enters New Round: A Talk with PSC Member Stan Wise

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

In June 2014, the Federal Environmental Protection Agency proposed the Clean Power Plant Rule - some tough new standards for pollutants from power plants.  The overall goal is to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases - like carbon dioxide - from power plants by 30 percent from their 2005 levels, with a deadline of 2030.  

The Georgia Public Service Commission, the elected body that regulates utilities in the state, submitted comments calling for the EPA to scale back the Clean Power Plant Rule.  WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with PSC member Stan Wise.

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Local
7:40 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Fulton County Commission Chair John Eaves on Ferguson Conversations and Possible Turner Field Fight

Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves

  On Monday, December 1, 2014, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Atlanta for a community discussion on race and the meaning of recent events in Ferguson, MO.  A grand jury there declined to indict a white police officer in the killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old in August.  Holder's visit came on the same day that Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves had already scheduled the first in a series of what he called community conversations on youth and law enforcement.

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Local
7:47 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Incoming Atlanta NAACP President On Communicating Over The Racial Divide

Richard Rose, president-elect of the Atlanta branch of the NAACP

On Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, a grand jury in Ferguson, MO announced it would not indict a white Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old. The August 2014 confrontation between Officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown took only a couple of minutes.  

The grand jury announcement, and the unrest that followed in Ferguson, re-opened questions about how well Americans truly understand each other across racial lines.

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A Talk With Attorney General Sam Olens
6:11 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Georgia Heads For Supreme Court Water Fight With Florida

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, on the left, speaks with WABE's Denis O'Hayer in the Attorney General's office on November 24, 2014.
Credit Lauren Kane

Georgia and Florida are preparing to fight the latest round of the water wars in the nation's highest court.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Florida's lawsuit, challenging what it says is Georgia's overconsumption of water flowing through the state into Florida.  

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A Talk With Emory Law Prof. Polly Price
5:46 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

A Question of Authority: President Obama and Immigration

With President Barack Obama poised to unveil a series of executive actions on immigration, Speaker of the House John Boehner has told reporters, "We're going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path. This is the wrong way to govern."
Credit Evan Vucci / Associated Press

On Nov. 20, 2014, President Barack Obama will announce the executive actions he will take on the nation's troubled immigration system.  

The President is expected to expand the policy that grants temporary deportation relief to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

But, whatever one thinks of the policy change, does the Constitution give the President the power to do that on his own?  

WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Emory Law professor Polly J. Price.

Politics
7:47 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

A New Effort to Legalize Betting on Horse Racing: A Talk with Rep. Harry Geisinger

Jockeys race down the stretch at last year's Kentucky Derby horse race.
Credit Churchill Downs / Associated Press

Despite several failed attempts in recent years, supporters of legalizing horse race betting in Georgia have already filed legislation for the upcoming 2015-16 session of the General Assembly.  

A proposed constitutional amendment would make parimutuel wagering legal, while a companion bill would set up the structure to administer and supervise the industry.  

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Local
7:53 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Consumers and the New Home Depot Security Breach News: A Talk with WABE Legal Analyst Page Pate

WABE legal analyst Page Pate
Credit The Pate Law Firm

  On Thursday, November 6, 2014, Atlanta-based home improvement giant The Home Depot announced that the security breach this past September did not just result in the theft of consumers' credit card data.  The new revelation:  the criminals also took files that contained roughly 53 million e-mail addresses.  The Home Depot already faces some 30 lawsuits resulting from the credit card data breach.

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Politics
7:17 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Georgia Prepares for New Water Wars Battle: A Talk with the ARC's Katherine Zitsch

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

On Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear Florida's appeal in the long-running water war with Georgia.  

In agreeing to hear Florida's case, the Court injected a new note of uncertainty into Georgia's position that it can use Lake Lanier as metro Atlanta's primary source of drinking water.  A good chunk of the state's legal bills so far have been paid by the Atlanta Regional Commission.  

WABE's Denis O'Hayer got reaction to the latest round in the water wars from Katherine Zitsch, the ARC's Natural Resources Division manager.

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Politics
7:51 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

A Fact Check on Some Last-Minute Claims and Ads in Georgia's U.S. Senate Race

Jim Tharpe, editor of PolitiFact Georgia, which appears in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Credit Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  In the final days of the campaign for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat, the major party candidates and their backers have unleashed a blitz of new ads.  

But the themes they emphasize are pretty much the same ones they've hammered since their campaigns began.  

WABE's Denis O'Hayer got a check on how truthful the new ads and claims are, in a conversation with Jim Tharpe, editor of PolitiFact Georgia, the non-partisan fact-checking arm of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and myajc.com.

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Local
5:45 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

How Much Should Georgia Pay People Wrongly Convicted? State Lawmakers Look for a Formula

Rep. Carolyn Hugley (D-Columbus), chair of a State House study committee on compensating people who have been wrongly convicted and imprisoned.
Credit Georgia General Assembly

  In the last few years, Georgia has seen several people freed from prison, after spending years behind bars for crimes they did not commit.  They were eventually given money for the years they will never get back, but the payments differed widely, because the state has no standard formula for compensating people who've been wrongly convicted.  Now, a State House study committee is trying to come up with some sort of guidelines, although committee chairman Carolyn Hugley, a Columbus Democrat, admits no amount of money is really enough.  Hugley spoke with WABE's Denis O'Hayer.

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Politics
8:40 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Candidate Interview: Sen. Jason Carter

State Sen. Jason Carter (D-Atlanta), the Democratic candidate for Governor, talks with WABE's Denis O'Hayer in the station's studios on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

  

  Tuesday, Nov. 4, is Election Day, and three races you’ll see at the top of the ballot are U.S. Senate, Governor and State Schools Superintendent.

This week on 90.1 WABE, you’ll hear interviews with candidates in all three races.

This conversation is with State Senator Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for Governor.

Carter spoke with WABE's Denis O'Hayer in the WABE studios.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Candidate Interview: Andrew Hunt

Andrew Hunt, the Libertarian candidate for Governor, speaking with WABE's Denis O'Hayer in the WABE studios on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
Credit Dan Raby / WABE

  Tuesday, Nov. 4, is Election Day, and three races you’ll see at the top of the ballot are U.S. Senate, Governor and State Schools Superintendent.

This week on 90.1 WABE, you’ll hear interviews with candidates in all three races.

This conversation is with Andrew Hunt, the Libertarian candidate for Governor.

Hunt spoke with WABE's Denis O'Hayer in the WABE studios.

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Politics
8:40 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Candidate Interview: Gov. Nathan Deal

Governor Nathan Deal (right) talks to WABE's Denis O'Hayer on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at the Deal campaign headquarters in downtown Atlanta.
Credit Katie King / WABE

Tuesday, Nov. 4, is Election Day, and three races you’ll see at the top of the ballot are U.S. Senate, Governor and State Schools Superintendent.

This week on WABE, you’ll hear interviews with candidates in all three races.

This conversation is with incumbent Republican Governor Nathan Deal, who is seeking a second term.

The Governor sat down recently with WABE’s Denis O'Hayer at Deal campaign headquarters in downtown Atlanta.

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Local
8:08 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Floyd County Sheriff's Office Among First in GA to Try Body Cameras: A Talk with the Chief Deputy

Tom Caldwell, the Chief Deputy of the Floyd County Sheriff's Office
Credit Floyd County Sheriff's Office

  In the months after a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, there has been a great deal of discussion about whether law enforcement officers should wear body cameras.  Some agencies in other states have tried bodycams, but in Georgia, the Floyd County Sheriff's Office appears to be the first local jurisdiction of significant size to do it.

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Music
7:47 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

ASO President Resigns: A Talk with The Woodruff's President, and a Statement from ASO Musicians

  On Monday, September 29, 2014, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President Dr. Stanley Romanstein resigned, effective immediately.  

A statement released by the Woodruff Arts Center (the ASO's parent organization) quoted Romanstein as saying, "I believe that my continued leadership of the ASO would be an impediment to our reaching a new labor agreement with the ASO's musicians."  

The musicians have been locked out since their previous contract expired on September 6, 2014.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players Association responded with the following statement:

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Politics
7:45 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Film Makers Get Drone Approval: Are Georgia Lawmakers Ready for the Expanding Technology?

State Rep. Harry Geisinger (R-Roswell)
Credit Georgia General Assembly

  On Thursday, September 25, 2014, Federal officials gave six movie and TV production companies permission to use drones in their film shoots, with some restrictions.  

It's a major step toward wider use of drones in commercial operations.  And it increases the attention on Federal and state lawmakers as they scramble to come up with rules for this rapidly-expanding technology.  

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Business
8:13 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Georgia's Conflicting Job Numbers: A Conversation with GSU Economic Forecaster Dr. Rajeev Dhawan

Dr. Rajeev Dhawan, director of the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University's Robinson College of Business.
Credit Georgia State University/Robinson College of Business

  On Thursday, September 25, 2014, the state Labor Department announced the unemployment rate in metro Atlanta ticked up a tenth of one percent from July to August, to 8%.  Meanwhile, the state of Georgia has the highest unemployment rate of any state in the nation, at 8.1%.  Yet, other measures show Georgia is among the nation's leaders in creating new jobs.  So can both of these seemingly contradictory measures be true?  To sort it out, WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Dr.

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Arts
2:48 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

ASO Concert Cancellations: Conversations with Both Sides

Dr. Stanley Romanstein (left), President of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Joel Dallow (right), member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players Association committee and a cellist with the ASO.
Credit Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

  On Monday, September 22, 2014, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced it was calling off its season-opening concert, set for September 25, and all other concerts through November 8, 2014.  The orchestra and its musicians have been unable to reach a contract agreement, and the musicians have been locked out since the expiration of their previous contract on September 6.

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Business
7:56 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Name of New Home of the Braves, SunTrust Park: Why Companies Pay Big Money for Naming Rights

Chris Lemley, instructor in the marketing department at Georgia State University's Robinson College of Business
Credit Georgia State University-Robinson College of Business

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, state and local business and political leaders joined officials of the Atlanta Braves at the groundbreaking for the new Braves stadium in Cobb County.  

At the ceremony, team officials announced they had sealed a 25-year deal with Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks for the naming rights to the new ballpark.  It's the latest in a string of deals sports teams have made with big companies for the rights to put the companies' names on the teams' stadiums.  

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Politics
7:33 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

A Fact Check on the Latest Ads in the Senate Race, with PolitiFact Georgia Editor Jim Tharpe

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

  With polls showing the race for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat is very close, both of the major party candidates--and the outside groups that are helping them--have unleashed a blitz of media ads.  WABE's Denis O'Hayer got a fact check on some of the newest ads, with Jim Tharpe, editor of PolitiFact Georgia, the non-partisan fact-checking arm of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and myAJC.com.

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Politics
7:51 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

AJC Poll Shows Tight Contests: A Look Behind the Numbers with the AJC's Jim Galloway

Atlanta Journal-Constitution political columnist Jim Galloway
Credit Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  A new Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll--the paper's first of the general election campaign--shows very close races for Georgia Governor and U.S. Senator.  Democrat Jason Carter and Republican incumbent Nathan Deal are statistically tied in the Governor's race; while Republican David Perdue holds a slim lead over Democrat Michelle Nunn in the Senate race.  In both contests, the Libertarian candidates are polling strongly enough to force runoffs, if the elections were held today.  WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with AJC political columnist Jim Galloway.

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Politics
7:52 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

After the President's ISIS Speech: Conversations with Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Rep. David Scott

Rep. David Scott (D-Atlanta)
Credit U.S. House of Representatives

  On September 10, 2014, President Barack Obama outlined his strategy for a counterattack on the terror group which calls itself The Islamic State (acronyms include ISIL and ISIS).  For a look at how Congress received the speech, and what will happen next, WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Democratic Congressman David Scott of Atlanta, and Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss, the ranking GOP member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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