Rose Scott

All Things Considered Producer/Reporter

Rose Scott is an award-winning journalist and producer of afternoon news programming ("All Things Considered") on WABE 90.1 FM, the Atlanta National Public Radio affiliate. Scott primarily covers education, minority health, Atlanta historically Black colleges and universities, gender issues and sports.

For the last few years, Rose has been covering topics dealing with sex trafficking of minors in Atlanta as well as the country’s biggest cheating scandal found in the Atlanta Public Schools.

She often moderates panels on the two topics.

Rose has an extensive background in sports broadcasting and has appeared on CNN, NPR and BET. Well-respected in the Atlanta community for her thought-provoking reporting style, Scott has been honored with several awards including a 2012 Southeast Regional Emmy Award, a 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award and an Atlanta Association of Black Journalists Award.  She has also received awards from the Georgia Associated Press and is a Girls Inc. Strong, Smart & Bold Award Winner.

Rose often speaks to youth groups, mentors journalism students and volunteers with youth empowerment initiatives.

A St. Louis, Missouri native, Rose lives in Atlanta with her Siamese and Maine Coon cats.  


6:53 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Georgians Challenge State's Gay Marriage Ban Amendment

Christopher Inniss and his partner Shelton Stroman are among the plantiffs in the lawsuit.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

The country’s oldest and largest legal organization that works on behalf of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people filed a federal class action lawsuit today.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports, three same-sex couples and a widow, all Georgians, are challenging the state’s constitutional amendment that denies same sex marriage.

Moving to another state that recognizes same-sex marriages was never the answer says Christopher Inniss.

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12:26 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Education Analyst Calls Bad Move on Georgia Board of Regents Tuition Increase Approval

According to the National Center for Educational statistics, between the 2001–02 school year and the 2011–12, school year; undergraduate tuition, room and board at public institutions rose 40 percent.

As college seniors prepare to graduate next month, those heading back to the University System of Georgia’s colleges and universities will pay more in tuition.

This week the Board of Regents approved the tuition hike.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports how the increase could affect prospective students.

It’s a not a popular trend, but for years, college tuition costs have been escalating.

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11:23 am
Thu April 17, 2014

GOAL! Atlanta Awarded MLS Team

Fans packed the upper level of Ventanas, where the announcement was made about Atlanta being awarded a major league soccer team.
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It’s official.

In 2017 when the new downtown stadium opens, the Atlanta Falcons won’t be the only hometown team playing.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports major league soccer is expanding to the south and Atlanta is getting a team.

Everyone attending Wednesday’s announcement was in a party mood and cheered as MLS commissioner Don Garber made the announcement.

“On behalf of soccer fans across America, it is my pleasure to welcome the city of Atlanta, the state of Georgia to major league soccer. Can’t wait 'til 2017!”

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Atlanta Public Schools
6:03 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Atlanta Schools Seek New Chapter with New Superintendent

Dr. Meria Carstarphen is officially introduced as the next superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools.
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Monday, Atlanta school board chair Courtney English called it a special moment after the board approved the hiring of the district’s new superintendent.

Dr. Meria Carstarphen was the sole finalist for the job.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports, Carstarphen is acknowledging the challenges, but also pledging assurances as APS looks to turn the corner from the nation’s largest cheating scandal.

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11:30 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Ready To Tackle Challenges: A Talk With APS Superintendent Candidate Dr. Meria Carstarphen

Carstarphen will replace Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr., who was appointed as superintendent of APS on July 1, 2011. His contract ends June 30, 2014.
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

This coming Monday, the Atlanta Board of Education is expected to vote on the district’s lone candidate for superintendent.

From hundreds, Dr. Meria Carstarphen was selected by the Atlanta Public Schools superintendent search committee to become the next school chief.

Carstarphen would leave the Austin school district where she’s been superintendent since 2009.

The educator recently visited our WABE studios and talked with Rose Scott.

Their conversation begins with Carstarphen, in her own words, describing a world class superintendent.

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4:45 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

SCLC Women's Drum Major for Justice Awards to Honor Evelyn Lowery

The Drum Major for Justice Awards Gala commemorates the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by providing a forum to recognize today's Drum Majors who are making outstanding contributions in our community.
Credit SCLC Women Inc

Forty-six years ago on April 4th, 1968, a sniper’s bullet cut short the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For 35 years, the Atlanta based SCLC Women Inc. organization has honored individuals with the Drum Major for Justice Awards in King’s honor.

The awards were the idea of Evelyn Lowery who alongside her husband; the Rev. Joseph Lowery, worked in the civil rights movement with King.

This year's awards event will be without its founder.

Mrs. Lowery died last September 26th at the age of 88.

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6:13 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Attorneys In Atlanta Test Cheating Case Seek Delay

WABE's Denis O'Hayer (left) talks with WABE's Rose Scott about breaking news in the Atlanta schools cheating trial
Credit Charles Edwards / WABE News

Attorneys for former Atlanta Schools Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall have asked a Fulton County Superior Court Judge to move the Atlanta schools test cheating trial.

Jury selection has always been scheduled for April 28th. But today, Hall’s attorneys asked Fulton County Superior Court Judge Judge Jerry Baxter to delay the trial until after the conclusion of Hall’s current medical regimen.

In an affidavit, an oncologist for Dr. Hall said the former Superintendent has stage 4 breast cancer. The oncologist also said that cancer is not curable but treatable.

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Atlanta Public Schools
5:49 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Likely New Atlanta Superintendent Talks Atlanta Cheating Scandal

If approved by the school board, Dr. Meria Carstarphen assumes a number of challenges including the most notable one, the cheating scandal.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

The lone finalist to become the next Atlanta Public Schools superintendent met with Governor Nathan Deal and then with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on Friday.

If approved by the school board, Dr. Meria Carstarphen assumes a number of challenges including the most notable one.

That means rebounding from one of the darkest moments for APS.

Dr. Carstarphen was asked to reflect on what was called the nation’s largest cheating scandal.

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Atlanta Public Schools
9:50 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Lone Candidate for Atlanta Schools Superintendent, "We Are Going to Do This Together"

Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen has been named as the sole finalist for the superintendent job in Atlanta, Georgia.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

A lone finalist is likely the next superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools.

Thursday, district officials introduced Dr. Meria Carstarphen as their choice for the next school chief.

Dr. Carstarphen is currently the superintendent for the Austin Independent School District in Texas.

As she walked into the library of Hope Hill Elementary, Dr. Meria Carstarphen gave high fives to the students seated on the floor.

When she addressed the room, she talked about coming home to another part of the South.

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10:26 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Emory University Hosts Conference on Connecting Civil and LGBT Rights Movements

Whose Beloved Community will examine the points of intersection and contention between civil rights crusade and the black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender equality movement.
Credit Emory University

Atlanta’s Emory University is hosting an international conference that will examine the points of intersection and contention between civil rights crusade and the black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender equality movement.

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Atlanta Public Schools
6:30 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Amid Preparations For APS Trial, Dr. Hall's Lawyer Reveals She Has Cancer

In this file photo from earlier this year, Dr. Beverly Hall attends a hearing with attorney Richard
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The presiding judge in the case against Atlanta educators in the cheating scandal wants everyone to be ready when the trial begins.

Fulton County Superior Court judge Jerry Baxter made it clear today during a status hearing where some of the remaining defendants were in attendance.

Former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall was not in court today.  

WABE’s Rose Scott reports on the news revealed about the former school chief.

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Sex Trafficking
6:23 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Local Authorities On Combating Underground Commercial Sex Industry

DeKalb County District Attorney Racine primarily focuses on trafficking and sex crimes involving children.
Credit Dalia Racine

This week WABE reported that an Urban Institute study revealed the underground commercial sex trade is big business in metro Atlanta.

In comparison to seven other cities profiled in 2007, $290 million was generated within the metro area.

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11:31 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Morehouse President Dr. John Wilson Talks, "A World Of Our Dreams"

Dr. John S. Wilson, the new president of Morehouse College, in WABE studio 2 with Rose Scott.
Credit Katie King

For nearly 150 years Morehouse College has traditionally graduated more African American men than any other academic institution.

Since 1967, Morehouse presidents have also been Morehouse graduates.

That continued with the recent selection of Dr. John Wilson.

He’s the institution’s 11th president.

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Sex Trafficking
11:33 am
Wed March 12, 2014

New Study Says Underground Commercial Sex Trade Is Big Business in Metro Atlanta

The Urban Institute has released a groundbreaking report on the size of the illicit commercial sex, drugs and guns industries in eight U.S. cities, including Atlanta.
Urban Institute

It’s big business and it keeps Atlanta among the top cities for criminal activity related to sex trafficking.

A new national report indicates that in one year, the underground commercial sex economy brought nearly $290 million to metro Atlanta.

The U.S. Department of Justice funded the report.

This report from the Urban Institute is about money.

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5:37 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Estate Wants Input on Any Plans to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The tomb of Dr. King and Coretta Scott King. A lawyer for the King estate said it should be involved in the selection of any memorial to Dr. King.
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If there are plans to build a statue to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, at the state capitol, the King estate should have input.

That’s the word from the firm that oversees Dr. King's image and intellectual property.

WABE’s Jonathan Shapiro reports on reaction from the state lawmaker behind legislation to honor King, but first WABE’s Rose Scott reports the state may not need the King estate’s permission.

Earlier this year, Governor Nathan Deal said not many states can boast a native son who has a national holiday.

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Atlanta Public Schools
4:38 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Atlanta School Board Stands Behind Superintendent's Principal Changes

Chairman Courtney English says the entire board stands behind the rationale for removing the school leaders.
Credit Atlanta Public Schools

The recent announcement that nearly a dozen Atlanta school principals would not return in the fall led to a packed house at this week’s APS school board meeting.

District officials say the decision was part of a routine annual assessment and review process by Superintendent Erroll Davis.

Now, WABE’s Rose Scott reports, the APS board is backing the school’s chief decision.

APS board chair Courtney English says decisions like this are never easy, but the consensus is NOT to oppose Superintendent Erroll Davis.

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12:24 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Facing Sex Trafficking, An Artistic Approach


A word of caution, this report contains references to the sexual abuse of children.

Thursday night, a rather unique event takes place.

Organizers hope it will bring awareness to the sexual exploitation of minors.

Artists will perform spoken word, music, dance and other art forms during Facing Sex Trafficking: Atlanta’s Dirty Little Secret.

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11:59 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Georiga State Supreme Court Overturns 'Sexting' Charge

Atlanta-based criminal defense attorney Steve Scarborough says the state’s high court (above) had no choice but to overturn the criminal charge.
Credit Georgia Supreme Court

  This week, the Supreme Court of Georgia unanimously reversed a Cherokee County court’s ruling.

The state’s high court threw out criminal charges against a man for sending an unsolicited nude photo through a cell phone.

WABE’s Rose Scott has more on the ruling.

In December of 2012, Charles Leo Warren, III sent a text message via cell phone to Shari Watson.

That text message contained a photo of Warren’s tattooed genitals.

According to authorities it was an unsolicited picture.

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6:50 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Two Atlanta Educators Agree to Negotiated Plea Deals

Christopher Waller read his letter of apology to the court.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

Today was the final deadline for the fifteen remaining indicted Atlanta educators to enter negotiated pleas.

Christopher Waller and Sandra Ward agreed to a deal and will now testify for the state.

Both worked at Parks Middle School.

WABE’s Rose Scott and Michelle report on the plea deals.

Parks Middle School located in southwest Atlanta had been a low-performing school.

Nearly 90 percent of its students were on the free lunch program and many were living at or below the poverty line.

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6:23 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Preserving History or Hatred; The Confederate Battle Cross Emblem

Credit Georgia Department of Revenue

And old debate is back in the news.

A new design for the Georgia Sons of Confederate Veterans specialty license plate is causing controversy.

It features the groups crest as well as the confederate battle cross in the background of the plate.

WABE’s Rose Scott has two reports on the use of the confederate emblem and why it carries a lot of history and embodies a lot of emotion.

When it comes to American history, arguably the most divisive topic is any issue that deals racism, slavery and the south.

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Atlanta Public Schools
6:39 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Former Atlanta School Chief's Attorney Responds to Newest Plea Deal

J. Tom Morgan escorts Dr. Beverly Hall to the Fulton County Sheriff's Department the day an indictment was handed up.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

One of the attorneys for former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall says despite a recent plea from another APS executive, Hall is looking forward to clearing her name.

WABE’s Rose Scott has this report.

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Atlanta Public Schools
9:18 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Former Atlanta Schools Executive Enters Plea, Will Testify For State

The district attorney's office says Few will testify against her former boss, APS superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall.
Credit WABE

On Monday, Millicent Few, the former human resources director of the Atlanta Public Schools, agreed to a plea deal with the Fulton County District attorney’s office.

"I  just want to sincerely apologize to the citizens of Atlanta and specifically the students and their parents for my role in this matter. It’s taken a toll on my family, my support network and myself. I just want to apologize to them and I look forward to hopefully moving on with my life.”  

Few has agreed to testify on behalf of the state in its case against former APS superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall.

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9:24 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Challenging the Constitutionality of "State Secret" Law on Execution Drugs

Credit Ca. Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation

  Today, Georgia’s highest court will hear arguments regarding the constitutionality of the state law that shields the identity of suppliers and makers of drugs used in executions.

It’s also the latest legal challenge on behalf of Georgia death row inmate Warren Lee Hill, Jr.

Today’s arguments stem from last July 18.

That’s the day before Warren Lee Hill, Jr. was scheduled to die by lethal injection.

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5:20 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Dr. John Wilson Becomes 11th President of Morehouse

A 1979 Morehouse graduate, Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr holds master’s degrees in theological studies and education from Harvard University and has a doctorate in education.
Credit Courtesy Morehouse College

The week’s winter storm forced the cancelation of some events celebrating Morehouse College’s founder’s week.

But the storm’s departure was just in time for one major occasion.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports on Dr. John Wilson’s inauguration as the 11th Morehouse College president.

Inside the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, the Morehouse choir sings Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho.

Morehouse is the nation’s only all-male historical black college or institution and is one of three all male liberal arts colleges in the country.

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Around the Nation
5:08 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

This Time, Officials Claim They're Ready For Southern Storms

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 8:00 pm



From long-term climate patterns now to today's weather. Another blast of unusually wintry weather is hitting the Deep South. More than five inches of snow fell in north Alabama this morning. In Georgia, there was snow and freezing rain. It was only two weeks ago that a couple of inches of snow brought Atlanta to a frozen standstill. People were stranded in cars and kids spent the night at schools.

So this time, as Rose Scott of member station WABE reports, state officials are in winter preparation overdrive.

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6:00 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Hopeful Her Cousins Can Resolve Dispute

Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate and Director of African American Outreach with Priests for Life and Founder of Alveda King Ministries.
Credit Dr. Alveda King

Bernice King is affirming her belief some items belonging to her father should not be sold.

In Atlanta, Georgia, at the historic Ebenezer Baptist church,  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s niece, Dr. Alveda King, stood by Bernice in a press conference.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports, she hopeful the siblings can work through the dispute.

Dr. Alveda King says the rift is a difference of philosophy among the King children.

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4:52 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

State Laws Contradict on Georgia Lethal Injection Secrecy Statute

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Later this month the Supreme Court of Georgia will hear arguments regarding the constitutionality of a law that shields information about the manufacturer of the state’s execution drug.

But as WABE’s Rose Scott reports, another law passed in 2013 may make that information public.

Last March lawmakers passed House Bill 122.

The legislation keeps confidential any information regarding a person or entity that participates in or administers an execution.

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Atlanta Public Schools
6:03 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Atlanta School Chief on Winter Storm: "We Would Do Things Differently"

The winter storm shut down the Atlanta metro area.

This week in a statement, Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Erroll Davis said, “We are accountable for the decisions that we as leaders make. If we had to repeat this scenario, we would do things differently.”

That’s regarding the district’s preparation and response to the winter storm.

Davis says the weather really wasn’t the issue that prevented students from getting home.

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Around the Nation
5:30 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Atlanta Officials May Have To Dodge Some Snowballs

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 11:00 am



From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.


And I'm Robert Siegel.

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6:38 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Georgia Department of Corrections Cited in Documents Regarding Tulsa Compound Pharmacy

A story broke about the Louisiana Department of Corrections possibly procuring its execution drug from a state approved Oklahoma compound pharmacy for an upcoming execution.

Many states including Georgia are no longer able to get the lethal injection drug Pentobarbital.

That’s because overseas manufacturers object to its use in executions and refuse to sell to U.S. prisons.

Lately, the issue of using compounding pharmacies to make the drug has also become controversial.

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