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 Georgia's death penalty,  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.

In 2013, Rose traveled to Amman, Jordan to report on Syrian refugees.

Rose also 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.

Most recently, Rose was awarded a 2014 GABBY award from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters for best sportscast in radio.

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.  


6:23 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

More Atlanta Hawks Drama, GM Ferry Cited for Racial Remarks

In this 2012 WABE file photo, Danny Ferry is named the Atlanta Hawks general manager.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

There’s more fallout for the Atlanta Hawks.

After an offensive email from majority owner Bruce Levenson was revealed, now comes additional information about racial remarks from general manager Danny Ferry.

WABE’s Rose Scott has the latest.

Like all the NBA teams this off season, the Hawks were looking to add players through the free agent market.

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11:09 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Reaction to Atlanta Hawks Owner's Email

News that majority owner of the Atlanta Hawks, Bruce Levenson, is selling his interest in the team sent shock waves through the city and the nation.

That’s because of an email Levenson sent two years ago, which he admits was inappropriate and offensive.

It related to the Hawks’ African American fan base.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports on reaction to Levenson and what some say now needs to happen.

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11:13 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

Atlanta Hawks Majority Owner Self Reports Offensive Email: Will Sell Team

The majority owner of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks is selling his interest in the team. Bruce Levenson says an email he sent two years was inappropriate and offensive towards the team’s African American fans.
Credit Atlanta Hawks

The majority owner of the Atlanta Hawks, Bruce Levenson, is selling his interest in the team.

He says an email he sent two years ago was inappropriate and offensive as it related to the Hawks’ African American fan base.

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6:34 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Falcons Open 2014 Season Against Saints in Georgia Dome

From 2010, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees chats with Matt Ryan after a game.
Credit Photo courtesty of Atlanta Falcons

The NFL season is underway after Thursday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks.

Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons will kick off the season at the Georgia Dome against the New Orleans Saints.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports, the Falcons should improve upon last year’s four-win season.

Let’s just be honest.

Last season was awful for the Atlanta Falcons.

After the last game of the 2013 season, Head coach Mike Smith said in a press conference, which was a loss to the Carolina Panthers, the team needed to protect Ryan from being hit.

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10:36 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Blame Game Begins After Judge Sanctions Attorney General's Office and Ethics Chief

State ethics commission executive secretary Holly LaBerge (left) was personally fined $10,000 yesterday, as was the office of Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens (right), for failing to release a memo written by LaBerge in 2012 that would have had a direct bearing on several whistleblower lawsuits.
Credit LaBerge: Michelle Wirth/WABE News; Olens: Georgia Attorney General's Office

  A Fulton County Superior Court judge has sanctioned the office of the Georgia Attorney General, headed by Sam Olens, along with current state ethics commissioner Holly LaBerge.

This comes after a state whistleblower filed a motion seeking the sanctions.

In addition, the AG's office and LaBerge were fined $10,000 each for what the court believed was a failure to submit admissible evidence at trial.

In granting the motion, Judge Ural Glanville chastised LaBerge.

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6:52 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Georgia Inmate Seeks Ruling on Determining Intellectual Disablity to Avoid Execution

In May of this year, the United States Supreme Court tossed the death sentence of Freddie Lee Hall who has an IQ of 71.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

Attorneys for Georgia death row inmate Warren Lee Hill, Jr.  hope an earlier ruling by the United States Supreme Court on another case will help spare Hill’s life.

That ruling centers on proving intellectual disability and what’s acceptable in preventing a death sentence.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports attorneys for Hill have filed a new petition based on the SCOTUS ruling.

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9:00 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Read This: Teacher Trusts Students to Critique Sci-Fi Book

Paideia teacher Brian Eames and fellow teacher Greg with students.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

An Atlanta teacher is the author of two fiction novels for middle grade students.

The first book is called the Dagger Quick and the sequel is Dagger X.

But he recently tackled science fiction.

It’s called DivN8 and WABE’s Rose Scott reports, the author took an unconventional approach to writing his first science fiction book for young teens.

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6:31 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Stay In School: Challenges and Solutions to Graduating Black Males

Georgia has one of the lowest high school graduation rates for African American males in the country.

Georgia has one of the lowest high school graduation rates for African American males in the country.

It’s 49 percent.

That’s the latest from a 2012 national report.

Later this year, new data will show if the state has made any improvement.

So what are the circumstances as to why black male students aren’t graduating and what are the solutions?

WABE’s Rose Scott has more.

What’s the problem?

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10:54 am
Tue August 19, 2014

State Unemployment Rate Latest Topic in Gubernatorial Race

It’s a war of words and numbers from Jason Carter about Georgia’s unemployment rate and who’s at fault.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

Georgia’s July unemployment rate is the latest topic that has gubernatorial candidates firing shots at one another.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its July 2014 labor report and it indicates Georgia has the 50th worst unemployment rate in the country.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports, that sparked claims from Democratic candidate state Senator Jason Carter aimed at republican Governor Nathan Deal.

It’s a war of words and numbers from Jason Carter about Georgia’s unemployment rate and who’s at fault.

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8:52 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Plaintiffs in Georgia Same Sex Marriage Ban Lawsuit Keep Close Watch on Recent Rulings

This is the most current map detailing same-sex marriage laws according to Mother Jones, the nonprofit news organization that specializes in investigative, political, and social justice reporting.

A recent ruling, from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, is another good sign for those challenging bans on same-sex marriage in state constitutions.

That court denied the request asking to delay its ruling to strike down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban…while it’s being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

And as WABE’s Rose Scott reports, plaintiffs in Georgia’s same-sex marriage ban lawsuit continue to remain optimistic.

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5:09 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Georgia Congressional Delegation Talks Unrest in Ferguson, Missouri

Ferguson, Mo., police line up against protesters on Wednesday.
Credit Dale Singer | courtesy St. Louis Public Radio

  Members of Gorgia’s congressional delegation are speaking out on the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

Last Saturday, 18-year old Michael Brown was shot to death by police in the suburb outside of St. Louis.

  Since then, there have been protests and police have been dispatched in riot formation.

Tear gas and stun grenades have been used against protestors and even the media.

WABE's Denis O'Hayer and Rose Scott discuss comments from Georgia Democratic Congressmen Hank Johnson and  John Lewis.

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Atlanta Public Schools
4:51 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Cheating Trial Underway with Jury Selection Process

Prosecutors and defense attorneys prepare for pre-trial arguments.
Kent D. Johnson/The Atlanta Journal Constitution

The first group of prospective jurors for the upcoming Atlanta schools cheating trial arrived at Fulton County Superior Court today.

The final twelve jurors and eleven alternates will come from over a thousand initially summoned.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports, the trial of the twelve former APS educators could be lengthy and expensive.

In courtroom 1C, which is called a ceremonial courtroom, the first set of potential jurors was given a questionnaire.

And they were also given a procedural speech by Judge Jerry Baxter which included instructions to be on time.

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Health & Science
4:38 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Ebola Affects Atlanta Aid Workers, Universities

A CDC map of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia as of August 7, 2014.
Credit CDC

The deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa has prompted the World Health Organization to declare the virus an international public health emergency.

In countries like Sierra Leone, CARE workers facilitate nutrition classes for pregnant women.

In Liberia, programs such as financial empowerment are made available.

But for now, safety is the number priority says Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE.

“So we’ve had to ask our staff to limit their movement, and, in some cases, have staff work from home and not do their normal activities.”

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9:35 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Spelman College President Dr. Beverly Tatum Talks "Passing the Baton"

Spelman College president Dr. Beverly Tatum in WABE studio 4.
Credit Credit Evan Changhwan

In 2002, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum was appointed president of Atlanta’s Spelman College.

The institution, located in the Atlanta University Center, is one of two all-female historically black colleges in the country.

The college was founded as Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary by Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles.

Dr. Tatum is Spelman's ninth president and recently announced she is retiring .

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Atlanta Public Schools
5:48 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

No Air Conditioning? No Textbooks? No Problem, Says Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta school officials say the textbooks are expected to arrive some time during the first quarter of the school year.
Credit Image courtesy of

Monday, August 4th, 2014 was the first day of school for many metro Atlanta students.

However, in some Atlanta schools lack of air conditioning and a lack of textbooks were an issue.

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1:01 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Gov. Deal Meets With Latino Leaders on Unaccompanied Minors

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal meets with Latino community leaders to discuss state’s role in unaccompanied minor crisis.
Credit Mundo Hispanico

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal met with leaders of the Latino Community on Wednesday.

Deal’s office called it a discussion session to talk about the unaccompanied minors coming to Georgia from Central America.

WABE’s Rose Scott has more.

 The Governor’s office invited only Spanish speaking media to cover the meeting.

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9:05 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Oh, the horror that is Monsterama!

This is the first time Monsterama is taking place in Atlanta.
Credit Monsterama

The first ever Monsterama convention gets underway here in Atlanta.

It will celebrate classic horror in a cross-section of film, literature, and art.

If you’re into horror or just want to be around those who are horror enthusiasts, WABE’s Rose Scott has this


Horror film legend Veronica Carlson will be at Monsterama.

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7:18 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Advocates Respond to Gov. Deal's Unaccompained Minor Claims In Georgia


Advocates responded to the Governor’s claims that over a thousand unaccompanied minors have come to Georgia from Central America since January and that the Obama administration is providing no information about them.

In his letter to President Obama, Governor Deal said that the state has no idea where the children are coming from or where they’re ending up. 

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6:14 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Jr. Achievement Business Center Teaches Financial Literacy and Corporate Skills to Area Youth

Kameron Willman of Chick-fil-A volunteers to work with students.
WABE 90.1 FM News

It’s been more than a year since the groundbreaking of the Junior Achievement Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center.

Located inside the Georgia World Congress Center, it’s a 15-million dollar financial literacy and business model giving area students first-hand experience about the corporate world.

WABE’s Rose Scott visited the Discovery Center to see how it all works. 

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5:57 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Playing Fair? Why Some Try to Cheat School Systems

“It’s a very competitive culture particularly in the metro Atlanta for kids wanting to be in programs that are successful for recruiting purposes.” Horace Dunson, Head of DeKalb County Schools Athletics

School will be starting soon for some area districts and some high school sports practices are already underway.

The process of making sure all student athletes live in their designated school region has many systems double checking addresses.

That’s because last school year, an investigation found 85% of the Grady High School HS football team did not live in the area.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports why some go to great lengths to cheat school systems.

High school football is not just a game; it’s a culture and way of life.

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6:47 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

KKK Recruiting In Atlanta Through Fliers

Recently, fliers from the Ku Klux Klan passed out in several Atlanta neighborhoods have been causing a stir.

Residents found the fliers on their cars.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports an official with the KKK confirmed it was from a North Carolina chapter.

The fliers reportedly were passed out in the Candler Park and Cabbagetown neighborhoods.

The messaging indicated crime statistics involving blacks as perpetrators.

Atlanta wasn’t specifically targeted, but instead it’s part of a national initiative to recruit potential new members.

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8:54 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Attorney: Former Atlanta School Chief Battles Cancer, Unable for Upcoming Trial

In this file photo, Dr. Beverly Hall, along side attorney Richard Deane, appears for a motion regarding the upcoming trial.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM


Friday, August 11th, 2014:

Judge Jerry Baxter rules trial will go on without Dr. Beverly Hall...for now.

The trial for the twelve remaining educators will begin as scheduled next month.

Attorneys for Dr. Beverly Hall say the chemotherapy treatment for the former Atlanta schools superintendent is extreme and she is incapable of remaining alert for a trial.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports, that’s what will be presented during a hearing .

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5:52 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Dozens Arrested in Sex Trafficking and Prostitution Sweep

Credit FBI

  A recent statewide FBI-led task force nabbed 71 people as part of a national law enforcement operation targeting commercial child sex trafficking.

It was called Operation Cross Country Eight.

The FBI says each arrest made during these type of operations is one small victory for law enforcement against child sex trafficking.

Special agent Stephen Emmett is for the FBI’s Atlanta Field Office.

“These were arrests made from online contacts to some degree, says Emmett.

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5:15 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

National Center For Civil and Human Rights Officially Opens

A visitor to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights reads a quote from Margaret Mead on the center's fountain.
Credit Dan Raby / WABE

The National Center for Civil and Human rights is officially open. 

The morning’s ceremony featured several speakers as they all talked about the importance of Atlanta’s newest downtown attraction.

WABE's Rose Scott has the story.

Musical selections that underscored the civil rights movement were sung by the Community Choir.

Georgia U.S Senator Johnny Iskason said it was fitting and proper that the center call Atlanta home.

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7:33 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Inside the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

This mural of human rights posters will greet visitors. It's by Paula Scher.
Evan Jang

The time has finally come.

Atlanta’s National Center for Civil & Human Rights will open next Monday.

After years of pre-planning, securing funding, commissioning an architect and lastly the construction…the center is ready.

WABE’s Rose Scott went on a private media only tour of the center.

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12:26 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

WNBA Tips off National LGBT Campaign

The WNBA is the first U.S professional sports team with a multi-integrated LGBT initiative that celebrates equality and campaigns against LGBT bias.
Credit WNBA

This Sunday, the WNBA and the ESPN-2 network will celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pride…on national television.

It’s part of a larger initiative that the WNBA is embracing.

League officials are calling it a new national platform celebrating inclusion and equality, while combating anti-LGBT bias.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports why the WNBA is launching this initiative and she asked fans of Atlanta’s WNBA team for their reaction.

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5:11 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Georgia Execution Has Nationwide Implications - With Update

Number of executions in Georgia by year since 1983.
Credit Marylee Williams/WABE

STAY DENIED: The following is a statement from the Georgia Supreme Court issued this evening.

Atlanta, June 17, 2014 – In a 5-to-2 ruling, the Supreme Court of Georgia has denied a stay of execution for Marcus A. Wellons, who is scheduled to be put to death tonight by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, GA. 

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6:51 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Legal Analysis: Why Georgia's Execution Drug Law Stands Firm with Courts

Former state Supreme Court chief justice Leah Ward Sears and WABE legal analysis, criminal defense attorney, Page Pate.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

In Georgia, the first execution since a botched one in Oklahoma is scheduled for Tuesday, June 17th.

The state board of pardons and paroles denied Marcus Wellons' request for clemency and barring federal court intervention will be executed by lethal injection at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison.

It's located in Jackson, Georgia. 

Concerns about who’s supplying the execution drugs and laws that protect the identity of the manufacturer have brought legal challenges nationwide.

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5:40 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Judge Denies Motion Regarding Challenge to State Execution Drug

Attorneys for Wellons say the prescription the state is obtaining from the doctor violate state and federal law.
Credit Georgia Department of Corrections.

A Fulton County Superior Court judge has issued a ruling regarding another legal challenge to the state’s use of the lethal injection drug, Pentobarbital.

It’s the only drug used in Georgia executions.

WABE’s Rose Scott has more.

Under the state and federal controlled substances acts, drugs are categorized under a controlled substance schedule.

Pentobarbital falls under the CSS level 2.

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1:12 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

No School Meals; Summer Feeding Programs Fill Void

Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Forsyth, Gwinett, North Fulton, Paulding, and Pickens counties are all in the Summer Lunch network where staff, volunteers and donors deliver daily meals to children.
Credit MUST Ministry

Beginning this month, the city of Atlanta will offer free meals through a Summer Food Service Program. The free meals will be provided to children 18 years old and under at approved sites throughout the city. WABE’s Rose Scott reports that there’s a great need for these summer feeding programs.

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