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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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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Music
8:38 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

ASO Lockout Puts Season Opener in Jeopardy: Conversations with Both Sides

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra logo

  With just over two weeks remaining before the start of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's 2014-15 season, the musicians have been locked out by ASO management.  

The players' contract expired at midnight on Sept. 7, 2014, and the two sides remain far apart.  WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with ASO Players' Association president Paul Murphy, and with Virginia Hepner, president and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center, the ASO's parent organization.

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Education
8:17 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Georgia's School Funding Headed for Big Changes: A Talk with Two of the Legislature's Budget Writers

Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-Alpharetta), on the left, and Rep. David Wilkerson (D-Austell), during their conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer in the State Senate Press Room on September 4, 2014.
Credit Adam Sweat / Georgia Senate Press Office

  In the first weeks of the 2014 school year, WABE presented a series of reports on the challenges facing Georgia's local schools.  In this final installment, we look at the biggest challenge of all:  money.  On September 4, 2014, the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank, released a report, outlining the effects of years of state budget cuts and declining local property tax revenues.

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Politics
6:27 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Judge Fines State AG Office, Holly LaBerge $10,000 Each For Withholding Document

Fulton Superior Court judge Ural Glanville
Credit Fulton County Superior Court

  Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville has sanctioned the office of State Attorney General Sam Olens and ethics commission executive secretary Holly LaBerge personally for withholding documents in a whistleblower lawsuit over the commission’s investigation into the 2010 campaign of Governor Nathan Deal.  

The judge has fined LaBerge and the Attorney General’s office $10,000 each.

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Sports
7:49 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

It's College Football Time: A Preview of UGA, Tech, & GSU with I.J. Rosenberg of Score Atlanta

I.J. Rosenberg, president and publisher of Score Atlanta
Credit Score Atlanta

  Labor Day weekend, 2014 marks the start of the college football season for metro Atlanta fans.  Georgia State broke a 16-game losing streak, while Georgia Tech prepared for a challenging season, and UGA was touted as a possible national title contender.  WABE's Denis O'Hayer got a preview of the season for each team from I.J. Rosenberg, president and publisher of Score Atlanta.

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Local
7:56 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

CityLab: Atlanta Has Low Percentage of Affordable Homes. A Talk with CityLab's Richard Florida

Richard Florida, co-founder of CityLab.com and Senior Editor at The Atlantic.
Credit NYU

  Metro Atlanta's home market continues to improve, at a rate better than the national average.  But, according to an analysis by CityLab (a project of The Atlantic), Atlanta's real estate recovery is not being felt across the income spectrum.  CityLab found Atlanta has one of the lowest percentages of available affordable housing among the nation's major metropolitan areas.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:40 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Prison Time for Former DeKalb Commissioner Elaine Boyer? A Talk with WABE Legal Analyst Page Pate

WABE legal analyst Page Pate, an Atlanta criminal defense attorney.
Credit The Pate Law Firm

  On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer appeared in Federal court and indicated she would plead guilty to Federal charges of mail fraud and wire fraud.  (Details of the Federal case against Boyer can be found here.)  But the chief prosecutor in this region, Atlanta U.S. Attorney Sally Yates, later said she will most likely ask for prison time for Boyer, despite her cooperation with Federal investigators.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:42 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

The CIA's Access to Senate Computers: Part 2 with Sen. Saxby Chambliss

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia), on the left, speaks with WABE's Denis O'Hayer at the station's studios on August 21, 2014.
Credit Rose Scott/WABE News

  In part 2 of a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, Georgia Republican U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss answered questions about recent disclosures that the CIA got access to computers used by staffers at the Senate Intelligence Committee.  Chambliss is the ranking GOP member of the committee.  Chambliss was also asked whether he was bothered by the fact that Republican candidates who wanted to succeed him barely mentioned him during this year's GOP primaries and runoffs.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
8:01 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

A Failed U.S. Military Raid in Syria - and Military Gear at Home: Part 1 with Sen. Saxby Chambliss

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia), during an interview with WABE's Denis O'Hayer at the station's studios on August 21, 2014.
Credit Rose Scott/WABE News

  Georgia Republican U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, who is not seeking re-election this year, is the ranking GOP member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.  In part one of a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer at the station's studios, Chambliss talked about the recently-revealed U.S. raid in Syria, which failed to find Americans held captive by the terror group the Islamic State.  

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:25 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

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

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

  Georgia's U.S. Senate contest has already sparked a blitz of television ads from Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn, Republican hopeful David Perdue--and from the groups allied to both (Libertarian Amanda Swafford is also in the race).  

WABE's Denis O'Hayer got a fact check on some of the more visible ads, from Jim Tharpe, editor of PolitiFact Georgia, the non-partisan fact-checking project of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and myAJC.com.  (The expanded version also features a check on one of the ads in the race for Governor.)

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
5:35 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Congressman Hank Johnson to File Bill for More Controls on Military Equipment to Local Police Forces

Rep. Hank Johnson

 After an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, was shot to death by police in Ferguson, Missouri, the police there used tear gas and armored vehicles to respond to protest demonstrations.

 That has raised new questions about the increased presence of military-style equipment in local police departments around the nation.

 Many Georgia police agencies have used a U.S. Defense Department program to obtain all kinds of gear--from boots to armored vehicles.  But do they really need the heavy armor and high-powered weapons?

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:41 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Military Equipment and Georgia's Local Police: A Talk with Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton

Stacey Cotton, the Chief of Police in Covington, GA
Credit Covington Police Department

  After an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, was shot to death by police in Ferguson, Missouri, the police there used tear gas and armored vehicles to respond to protest demonstrations.  That has raised new questions about the increased presence of military-style equipment in local police departments around the nation.  Many Georgia police agencies have used a U.S. Defense Department program to obtain all kinds of gear--from boots to armored vehicles.  But do they really need the heavy armor and high-powered weapons?

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
8:15 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Deciding Who Gets Experimental Ebola Treatment: A Talk with Former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher

Dr. David Satcher, former CDC Director and former U.S. Surgeon General. Dr. Satcher now heads the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine.
Credit Morehouse School of Medicine

  As of August 12, 2014, two American Ebola patients were reported to be showing gradual improvement at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.  Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol both received an experimental serum that has not yet been approved for widespread use.  Although it's not clear whether the serum has contributed to their improvement so far, their treatment has led to questions about how decisions are made about which patients receive scarce supplies of medications.  WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke about it with Dr. David Satcher, a former CDC director and former U.S. Surgeon General.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
8:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Atlanta Motor Speedway Chief Ed Clark on the Recent Dirt Track Death, 3 Weeks Before Atlanta Race

Ed Clark, president and general manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway
Credit Atlanta Motor Speedway

  On Saturday, August 9, 2014, stock car racing star Tony Stewart hit and killed another driver during a dirt track race in Canandaigua, New York.  Stewart and Kevin Ward, Jr. had run into each other, and Ward's car hit the wall.  Ward got out of his wrecked car and began walking down the track, dodging other cars.  He was pointing at Stewart, when Stewart's car came back around the track and hit him.  The incident has prompted calls for tighter rules to keep drivers from leaving their cars and going after each other during races.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:47 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

New NCAA Rules and the Future of College Sports: A Talk with Kennesaw State President Daniel Papp

Dr. Daniel Papp, president of Kennesaw State University
Credit Kennesaw State University

  On August 7, 2014, the NCAA voted to give the members of its five biggest conferences a lot more autonomy in how they run their programs--especially when it comes to money for athletes.  The decision could usher in major changes in intercollegiate athletics.  One of the college officials who voted for the change was Kennesaw State University president Dr. Daniel Papp.  He spoke with WABE's Denis O'Hayer about the reasons for his vote, and about the future of college sports.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:53 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

A Look at Campus Rape Bill, with GSU's Director of Psychological & Health Services

Dr. Jill Lee-Barber, Director of Psychological and Health Services at Georgia State University
Credit Georgia State University

A new bill from a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators would require colleges and universities to publish information they receive about incidents of sexual assault on their campuses--with the threat of major fines if they don't do that.  

WABE's Denis O'Hayer got some perspective from the front lines at one local university, in a conversation with Dr. Jill Lee-Barber, the director of psychological and health services at Georgia State University.

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Health & Science
4:30 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Two Ebola Patients Coming To Emory Hospital

Credit Dan Raby / WABE

    

[Updated 6:30 p.m. with expanded audio.]

Emory University Hospital officials just wrapped up a news conference on the hospital’s plans to treat two patients, infected with the Ebola virus, being brought here from Liberia.

Jim Burress was at the news conference and filed this brief report from the scene.

Jim will expand on this report with our All Things Considered host Denis O'Hayer, live on WABE 90.1 FM at 5:44 p.m. this afternoon.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:43 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Latin-American Association Exec. Director Jeffrey Tapia on Gov. Deal's Meeting with Latino Leaders

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

  On Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal met with leaders of Georgia's Latino community in his office at the Capitol.  Six days before, the Governor had sent a strongly-worded letter to President Obama, criticizing the administration for its handling of the surge of unaccompanied Central American children coming into the nation.  More than 1,100 of them are reportedly now in Georgia.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:54 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

A New VA Secretary and VA Overhaul Bill: A Talk with Sen. Johnny Isakson

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

  On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Robert McDonald as the nation's new Veterans Affairs Secretary.  

The vote came a day after the Veterans Affairs committees in the House and Senate reached a compromise on a bill to overhaul the Veterans Affairs Department, especially its troubled medical care system.  

Georgia Republican Senator Johnny Isakson is a member of the Senate committee.  Hours after the vote to confirm McDonald, Isakson spoke with WABE's Denis O'Hayer.

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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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