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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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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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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