Denis O'Hayer

Host, A Closer Look

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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A Closer Look
7:47 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Progress and Challenges in the AIDS Fight: A Talk with AID Atlanta's CEO

Dr. Jose Diaz talks with WABE's Denis O'Hayer at AID Atlanta on January 22, 2015.
Credit Alison Guillory / WABE

  Not that many years ago, an AIDS diagnosis was considered an automatic death sentence.  But over the years, improvements in drugs, transmission prevention, and therapies have allowed many patients to live as if their disease is a chronic illness--not curable yet, but manageable.

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Politics
7:49 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

US Sen. David Perdue Discusses Keystone Pipeline, Upcoming Legislative Battles

Now-Senator David Perdue, R-Georgia, in a file photo of his victory celebration at the Intercontinental Hotel in Atlanta on Nov. 4, 2014.
Credit Michell Eloy / WABE

 

Georgia's new U.S. Senator, Republican David Perdue, has been in office less than a month.  

But he has already proposed some bills, and lined up with his party for upcoming battles with President Obama.  

WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Perdue about the President's recent State of the Union message, and whether Republicans will negotiate with him on issues from health care to the Keystone pipeline.

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Local
7:17 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Cell Towers, Backyards And The Courts: A Talk With Roswell Mayor Jere Wood

Cellphone tower fights between companies and residents have broken out in many places around metro Atlanta.
Credit Keith Survell / Flickr.com/keithius

We all know the phrase, “Not in my backyard.” 

It especially applies to cell phone towers. Most of us depend on them — none of us want one next to our house.

Cellphone tower fights between companies and residents have broken out in many places around metro Atlanta. But in the City of Roswell, it went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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A Closer Look
5:56 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Students Fight Sex Trafficking In Atlanta And Around The World

Shyann Hendricks and Reza Daftarian, Atlanta International School Against Human Trafficking club organizers
Credit Twitter / WABE

When Shirley Franklin was mayor of Atlanta, a movement began to bring awareness, prevention and tougher legislation regarding the sexual exploitation of children.

In 2006, Mayor Franklin made national news with the Dear John Campaign:

When Shirley Franklin held a press conference about that Dear John Campaign she also revealed something else.

Rose Scott talks with Franklin about her personal story in this 2012 interview:

Shirley Franklin has talked about getting young people involved in advocacy work regarding human trafficking issues.

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Politics
7:07 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Lost Speeches By Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keep Surfacing

In this Aug. 28, 1963, file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
Credit File / Associated Press

In recent years, some long-missing recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches and interviews have come to light.

UCLA recently released a speech Dr. King gave in April 1965.

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A Closer Look
6:28 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Atlanta's Muslims And The Paris Terror Attacks: A Talk With Imam Plemon T. El-Amin

Imam Plemon T. El-Amin talks with Denis O'Hayer during an interview on Jan. 15, 2015, at the WABE studio.
Credit Brenna Beech / WABE

  We've all heard the questions in the days following the Paris terror attacks: Since the killers were Muslims, do other Muslims have a duty to publicly condemn what they did? And is it right or fair to demand that?  

Atlanta has been home to a growing Muslim community for many years. Some are American-born, even Atlanta natives; some came here from other lands.

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A Closer Look
7:22 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Satire After The "Charlie Hebdo" Attack: A Talk With AJC Cartoonist Mike Luckovich

Atlanta Journal-Constitution cartoonist Mike Luckovich in his office.
Credit Ryan Nabulsi / ryannabulsi.com / for WABE

A week after the deadly attack on its office, the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo​ published a new issue. It sold out immediately.  The cover featured yet another cartoon image of the prophet Muhammad -this time shedding a tear.  

Satirical images of the Prophet have angered many Muslims.  But perhaps all of us have at some time been upset by satire.  So, should there be limits?  

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A Closer Look
7:12 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Outgoing Emory Healthcare CEO John Fox Talks Ebola, Medicaid Expansion

John Fox, the outgoing president and CEO of Emory Healthcare, talked about Ebola and Medicaid expansion during an interview at his office on Jan. 13.
Credit Denis O'Hayer / WABE

After 16 years leading Emory Healthcare, CEO John Fox will depart Atlanta for a new job with Beaumont Health in Detroit.

In a wide-ranging conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, Fox recalled his decision to accept the first Ebola patient in the United States, Dr. Kent Brantley. Two questions were critical, Fox said. “Can we really make a difference for these patients?” and “Can we do it safely?”

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Politics
7:14 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

The President and the New GOP Congress: A Talk with Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), speaking to a breakfast meeting of Cobb County Republicans at the county GOP office in Marietta; Saturday, Jan. 10, 2014
Credit Denis O'Hayer / WABE

 

This past November, American voters gave Republicans control of both houses of Congress.  After President Obama said he had his veto ready for GOP bills he doesn't like, there were dire predictions that the Washington gridlock of the past few years will get even worse.  

But Georgia Republican Senator Johnny Isakson insists the divided government has a chance to work, even as he promises to take on the President and campaign for his own re-election in 2016.

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Politics
3:54 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Speaker David Ralston: Law Enforcement Won't Be 'Enemy No. One'

Georgia General Assembly House Speaker Rep. David Ralston says he would not allow law enforcement officers to become ''Enemy Number One'' in discussions about body cameras and other surveillance tools.
Credit Brenna Beech / WABE

Yesterday, Rep. David Ralston talked with Denis O'Hayer about upcoming transportation proposals facing the Georgia General Assembly. 

Ralston also defended law enforcement officers, stating that he would not allow them to become "Enemy Number One" in discussions about body cameras and other surveillance tools. 

The speaker shared his views on controversial bills on religion and the fight over which schools should receive state money.

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Closer Look
4:43 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Ga. House Speaker David Ralston Talks Voter Issues For New Session

Georgia House Speaker Rep. David Ralston speaks with Denis O'Hayer at the state Capitol.
Credit Brenna Beech / WABE

This is day one of the new legislative session in Georgia.  Representatives from across the state have convened under the Gold Dome to take on the issues that voters are concerned about. 

In the first part of an interview with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, House Speaker David Ralston acknowledges that transportation may top the list. During the long conversation, he told O'Hayer about the upcoming transportation proposals facing the Georgia General Assembly.

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Local
5:52 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

A Memorable 5:44 Interview from 2014: Wartime Sex Violence Survivor Tells a Story Too Often Ignored

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

  

  At the turning of the year, we're getting a second listen to some of the more memorable 2014 interviews from "The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer" on All Things Considered. 

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Page-Turners
4:44 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Three Page-Turners...from Stacey Abrams

Abrams' 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 General Assembly 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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Local
6:13 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

A Memorable 5:44 Interview from 2014: AJC's Jim Galloway Recalls Tiananmen Square, 25 Years Later

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

  At the turning of the year, we're getting a second listen to some of the more memorable 2014 interviews from "The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer" on All Things Considered. 

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Sports
4:44 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

A Memorable 5:44 Interview from 2014: KSU President Dr. Dan Papp on NCAA Rules Changes

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

  At the turning of the year, we're getting a second listen to some of the more memorable 2014 interviews from "The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer" on All Things Considered.

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Features
5:33 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

A Memorable 5:44 Interview From 2014: Michele Norris on "The Race Card Project"

NPR's Michele Norris, during her interview with WABE's Denis O'Hayer about "The Race Card Project." The conversation took place at Georgia State University on April 3, 2014.
Credit Dan Raby / WABE

At the turning of the year, we're getting a second listen to some of the more memorable 2014 interviews from "The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer" on All Things Considered.

Early in the year, former NPR All Things Considered co-host Michele Norris won a Peabody Award from the University of Georgia, for her self-funded work, "The Race Card Project."  It invites people to submit 6-word phrases or sentences, describing their experiences and impressions of race in America.  

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Sports
5:52 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Why the Falcons Fired Mike Smith Now: A Talk with AJC Falcons Beat Writer D. Orlando Ledbetter

Smith was the most successful coach in Falcons history.
Credit Brian Blanco / Associated Press

On Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank announced the team had fired head coach Mike Smith, who had been with the team for 7 seasons.  

Despite two straight losing campaigns, and a bad loss that eliminated the team from this year's playoffs, Smith was the most successful coach in Falcons history.  

So why did Blank decide to fire Smith now?  And what lies ahead for other members of the front office, like general manger Thomas Dimitroff?  

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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.

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