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.  


3:34 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Reaction: Spelman College Suspends Professorship with Bill Cosby Name

Author, playwright and Spelman alum Pearl Cleage agrees with the institution's decision.
Credit Pearl Cleage

Atlanta’s Spelman College is distancing itself from Bill Cosby.

It follows other institutions like the Berklee School of Music, Temple University, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Cosby’s alma mater.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports Spelman is suspending a professorship that bears the Cosby name.

If there’s a value on silence, Bill Cosby’s decision to remain largely quiet about the numerous sexual assault allegations has cost him a lot.

And it goes beyond money Cosby receives through sponsorships and television royalties.

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10:57 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Good Ole High School Football Memories; State Football Championships Kickoff

Recognize this current city leader? He's a proud alum of Mays High School. The Raiders will play Northside Warner Robins for the 5A state title.

On Friday, Dec. 12, the Raiders of Mays High School will take on the Northside Warner Robins Eagles in the Class 5A championship game.

It’s been a really long time since a city of Atlanta high school has been crowned state football champs.

Rose Scott talked with one very excited Mays alum.

He wore the number 50 on his jersey and was an intimidating linebacker. 

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12:48 am
Wed December 10, 2014

High Court Denies Georgia Inmate's Mental Disability Claim, Execution Proceeds

All efforts to stay the execution were denied by the high court.
Credit Adam Groffman /

Tuesday night, Georgia death row inmate Robert W. Holsey was put to death.

As WABE’s Rose Scott reports, attorneys unsuccessfully tried to use a high court’s recent decision to stay the execution.

Attorneys for Holsey say he has always been intellectually disabled and under federal law that should have been enough to keep him from being executed.

But in Georgia, death row inmates must prove intellectual disability beyond a reasonable doubt.

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4:57 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Death Row Inmate Last Hope is High Court

The attorney for death row inmate Robert Wayne Holsey hopes the U.S. Supreme Court will stay tonight's execution based on intellectual disability.
Credit Georgia Department of Corrections.

In a 5-to-2 ruling Tuesday, the Georgia Supreme Court  denied a stay of execution for Robert Wayne Holsey.

He’s been on Death Row for the 1995 murder of a Milledgeville deputy.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected clemency Monday.

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6:09 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Clemency Denied For Robert Wayne Holsey

Five members make up the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles. They are appointed by the governor.
Credit State Board of Pardons and Paroles

The Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles has denied clemency  for death row inmate Robert Wayne Holsey.

Attorneys were hoping for a stay of  execution,  which is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Holsey was given the death sentence after being convicted of murdering a Milledgeville deputy in 1995.

But while working on Holsey’s case, attorney Andy Prince reportedly would drink up to a quart of vodka a day.

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10:50 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Death Row Inmate Seeks Clemency Due To "Drunken Trial Lawyer"

Attorneys for Robert Wayne Holsey say his trial lawyer, Andy Prince, was a chronic alcoholic whose life was spinning out of control when he represented Mr. Holsey at his 1997 capital trial.
Credit Georgia Department of Corrections.

Attorneys for a Georgia man on death row are asking the state board of pardons and paroles to stay his upcoming execution.

An application for Robert Wayne Holsey was filed Monday.

It details how Holsey’s former attorney was drunk most of the time during the sentencing phase of the original trial.

Holsey was convicted of murdering a Milledgeville deputy in 1995 and given a death sentence.

But while working on Holsey’s case, attorney Andy Prince reportedly would drink up to a quart of vodka a day.

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1:08 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Consumers Reveal the Stress of Holiday Overspending

A Harris poll survey found nearly 40 percent of people said they feel pressured to spend more than they can afford.

The holidays are for giving, spending time with family and for many being stressed out about how to pay for it all.

In this two-part report, WABE’s Rose Scott reports that overspending is a stressful feeling for consumers and John Lorinc talked to shoppers.

There was a time when I just had to have a certain pair of jeans for Christmas.

Those Jordache jeans were pretty expensive, at least, according to my father.

Decades later, it appears consumers are still worried about spending too much this holiday season.

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10:58 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Who Knew? Falcons Lead Division Despite Only Four Wins

Falcons head coach Mike Smith during the a recent game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Credit Brian Blanco / Associated Press

Believe it or not, the Atlanta Falcons can still make the playoffs.

Right now, the team only has four wins.

Their last game, the Falcons rallied to take the lead against the Cleveland Browns, but then lost the game as the Browns kicked a field goal leaving no time on the clock.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports the ending of the game left a lot of criticism against the head coach.

Forty-four seconds is how much time was left on the clock when the Atlanta Falcons took the lead over the Cleveland Browns.

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3:11 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Remembering Trailblazing Business Icon Herman Russell

Credit H.J. Russell and Company

Look around any street or upon any building in the city of Atlanta and there’s probably something built by H. J. Russell Construction Company.

The company was founded by Herman J. Russell, an Atlanta native who turned a small plastering business into several successful others.

Russell died in Atlanta on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014.

And as we hear from WABE’s Rose Scott, Russell’s achievements are far beyond brick and mortar.

Perhaps in this day and age, taking $125 to start a business may seem like a long shot.

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6:11 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Cheating Trial Judge Changes Stance On News Report Ban

Credit Kent Johnson / AJC

The judge in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial apologized today after stopping a television news report from being broadcast.

Judge Jerry Baxter signed an emergency motion Friday on behalf of the prosecution.

He lifted that order this morning.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports the reason behind all the drama.

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5:11 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Georgia Among Plaintiffs in Lawsuit Against Army Corps of Engineers

Lake Allatoona and Carters Lake is owned and operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
Credit United States Army Corps of Engineers

It’s another legal maneuver for Georgia in another ongoing water dispute.

Typically we hear about the water wars between Georgia, Florida and Alabama. But now, a federal lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the state of Georgia, the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority.

It’s against the Army Corps of Engineers.

This time the lawsuit only deals with Cobb county and parts of the North West area of the state.

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Sex Trafficking
5:47 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Assistant Attorney General Appointed Statewide Human Trafficking Prosecutor

In Georgia, Camila Wright will be dedicated to the prosecution of human trafficking.
Credit Ga. Attorney General Office

For more than a decade, efforts to combat sex trafficking have included anti-sex trafficking campaigns and establishing tougher sentencing guidelines.

But, there’s never been one person at the state level solely devoted to prosecuting human trafficking cases. That's changing.

  Often sex trafficking victims are transported through multiple counties. And when suspects are caught, figuring out which jurisdiction to try the case in can be problematic.

It’s something assistant attorney general Camila Wright had experienced.

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4:32 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Transit Rolls Back Into Clayton County

MARTA buses like this will soon be rolling in Clayton County.
Credit James Willamor /

Public transportation will be rolling into Clayton County again.

Residents overwhelmingly voted to approve a one cent sales tax increase that will bring MARTA to the area.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports that also means money to pay for the service.

Seventy-five percent of voters said yes to the referendum.

Michael Osmet and Reshee Smith both agree transit is needed.

“I lived in Clayton County for over 12 years now. And I’ve seen the transit system come and go here. I feel like we are so behind in the transit world," said Smith.

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WABE Special
11:20 am
Fri October 31, 2014

From the Apartment Building of NYC's First Ebola Patient, A Different Take

New York City police officers stand at the building entrance of Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer in New York.
Credit Craig Ruttle / AP

Atlanta’s not the only the city where concerns about coming in contact with those working with Ebola patients causes alarm.

New York City’s first confirmed Ebola patient was Dr. Craig Spencer, who contracted the virus while volunteering in Guinea.

Whether workers like Spencer should be immediately quarantined upon returning to the U.S continues to be a highly debated issue.

But journalist Michele Wilson, who lives one floor below Dr. Spencer has a different take.

When she spoke with WABE, Wilson had this message on calming fears about Ebola.

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WABE Specials
11:20 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Former CDC Director David Satcher: Ebola Quarantines Are a Mistake

WABE spoke to Dr. David Satcher, the former director of the CDC and sixteenth U.S surgeon general, about the quarantine policy and lessons learned.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press

The reality about Ebola is, some are panicking. And fears about the spread of Ebola in the United States has led to strict guidelines for those entering the U.S.

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4:20 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Governor Deal to Announce Ebola Policy for Travelers

In an earlier press conference Gov. Nathan Deal names members of the Georgia Ebola Response Team to assess emergency procedures if Ebola were to spread in Georgia.
Credit Branden Camp / Associated Press

Monday Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will announce the state’s policy for monitoring and quarantining people who might be at risk for Ebola. 

The governor will speak in Cumming, Georgia.

Deal’s announcement is coming after Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of New York initially announced additional protocols for their states, which included mandatory quarantine for health care workers returning to the United States after treating Ebola patients.

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1:33 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Former NBA Player Chris Webber Eyes Atlanta Hawks Ownership

Former NBA player and TNT commentator Chris Webber smiles during the NBA basketball game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
Credit Danny Moloshok / AP Photo

    A former NBA player says he wants to buy a share of the Atlanta Hawks.

In a tweet, Chris Webber said his company, The Webber Group has contacted NBA officials to “acquire the majority interest of the Atlanta Hawks.”

But, buying a NBA team requires more than just a recognizable name, says Joe Perez of Sports Business Daily.

  “Chris Webber is the sexy name for his ownership group. In reality, Chris Webber is probably buying like five percent of the team.”

And here’s where all the numbers come into play.

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5:52 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

In Cheating Trial, Atlanta Parent: "Don’t make my baby out to be a monster"

Keylina Clark cries as she answers questions about her son.
Credit BOB ANDRES: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Tuesday was  intense in the Atlanta cheating trial.

A parent breaks down on the stand while testifying about her special needs son.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports why the parent became upset.

In 2008, Keylina Clark’s son was struggling at Blalock Elementary.

He was a special needs student and was placed in what’s called an

Individualized Education Program  or I-E-P which is used to identify specific resources for special needs


But all students take the yearly standardized exam.

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6:38 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

In Atlanta Cheating Trial Prosecutors Focusing on Former Executive

In this file photo, Tamara Cotman listens to testimony during the Atlanta cheating trial.
Credit Kent D. Johnson, Multimedia Photojournalist, Atlanta Journal Constitution

In week three of the Atlanta Schools cheating trial, prosecutors are turning their focus to a former executive director.

Tamara Cotman has already been acquitted of influencing a witness.

That was last year and it too was related to the cheating scandal.

But as WABE’s Rose Scott reports, the state is now trying to link Cotman to the district’s widespread cheating and the attempt to cover it up.

For a long time, students at Harper Archer Middle School struggled in math.

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7:12 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Former Atlanta Teacher: "We Changed the Answers."

Retired APS math teacher Oliver Banks during his testimony Wednesday morning.
Credit Kent Johnson / AJC

 A longtime teacher in the Atlanta Public Schools says he and others were doing what they were told when they changed answers on the state’s 2009 standardized exam.


For the first time in the trial, the jury heard how some educators physically changed answers and it was from 76-year-old Oliver Banks.

He resigned in 2010 after 49 years as a teacher at Gideons Elementary.

“I felt bad about what I had done. It was just a pain. It was a pain, I could not stand it, you know, just stay there and face those people every day knowing that I done what I did.”

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12:02 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Atlanta Cheating Trial Judge: What's the Importance of Race?

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter is presiding over the Atlanta schools cheating trial.
Credit Kent Johnson / Atlanta Journal Constitution

Are race and poverty relevant to the Atlanta cheating trial case? The presiding judge told the prosecution it wasn’t.

In the middle of questioning a school administrator, Fulton County District attorney Fani Willis kept asking about the race and economic status of students in specific APS schools.

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6:35 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Death Of A King

Tavis Smiley talks with Rose Scott in the WABE studio.
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

  Tavis Smiley’s new book about the last year of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life is based on interviews with those within King’s inner circle.

The book looks at the tumultuous 12 months before King’s assassination.

In a recent conversation with WABE’s Rose Scott, Smiley described King one year before he was assassinated in April 1968.

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6:40 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

State Witness Recalls 2006 Cheating Probe at Parks Middle School

Fulton County prosecutor Clint Rucker questions state witness Reginald Dukes. Dukes investigated cheating at Parks Middle School in 2006.
Credit Kent D. Johnson, Multimedia Photojournalist/AJC

A private investigator hired by the Atlanta Public Schools says his 2006 probe found cheating at Parks Middle School. That was the testimony heard today as week two of the cheating trial continues. Prosecutors focused on evidence alleging district officials purposely ignored that report.

In 2006, Reginald Dukes, an outside investigator was asked to look into allegations of cheating and corruption at Parks. It came after anonymous letters cited misconduct under Principal Christopher Waller. Duke’s findings were revealed in his report about cheating on an 8th grade writing test.

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5:34 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Atlanta Football Classic, More Than Just A Game

The South Carolina State Bulldogs will meet the North Carolina A&T Aggies for the annual event featuring historically black colleges and universities.
Credit Otis Threatt / 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc

This weekend, the 26th annual Atlanta Football Classic kicks off inside the Georgia Dome. The South Carolina State Bulldogs will meet the North Carolina A&T Aggies for the annual event featuring historically black colleges and universities.

But the annual event is more than just a game and entertainment.

Some will come for the game and others for the marching bands. And that’s exactly what organizers of the Atlanta Football Classic expect.

But, there’s another reason that comes to Bill Lamar’s mind when he sees a packed Georgia Dome.

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5:16 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Student Testifies Teacher Gave Answers On Standardized Exam

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter presides over the trial Tuesday morning.
Credit Kent Johnson / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Prosecutors began calling their witnesses in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial.

These were the first in what’s expected to be a long list of witnesses alleging widespread cheating within APS and an attempt to cover it up.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports the state focused on a particular student.

That student is now 17-years old.

A few years ago, while a student at Cascade Elementary in Southwest Atlanta, she struggled academically, especially in reading.

But when it came time to take the yearly CRCT, Georgia’s standardized test, the student excelled.

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Atlanta Public Schools
1:43 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

APS Cheating Trial Day 2: Live Tweets, Part 1

Fulton Senior Assistant District Attorney Clint Rucker questions witness Justina Collins during testimony Tuesday.
Kent Johnson Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rose Scott is covering the trial of the 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of a conspiracy to raise school scores by changing the answers on student tests.  The trial enters its second day of testimony today.

Here are Rose's tweets from the morning of Tuesday, September 30.  They are arranged in chronological order.

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6:23 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Prosecutors Say Atlanta Cheating Was Cleverly Disguised

Prosecutor Fani Willis addressing the jurors during the prosecution's opening statements
Credit Kent Johnson / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cheating within several Atlanta Public Schools was cleverly disguised.

That’s what prosecutors told the jury as opening statements in the trial of 12 APS educators got underway.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports on the first day of the long awaited trial.

The defendants sat alongside their attorneys and listened as assistant district attorney Fani Willis told the jury what evidence would prove the cheating conspiracy.

It included, giving students answers, hiding in a closet to change answers and threatening to fire teachers if their classes didn’t make high scores.

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5:28 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Disappointing Season Leads to Braves Firing General Manager Frank Wren

The Atlanta Braves decided to part ways with Executive Vice President and general manager Frank Wren.

The regular season is not over, but the Atlanta Braves decided to part ways with Executive Vice President and general manager Frank Wren who was fired today.

Team executives say it’s time to return to the “Braves way.”

But as WABE’s Rose Scott reports there are many questions about his replacement.

September has not been kind to the Atlanta Braves.

They won just four of their eighteen games and were just swept by the New York Mets.

That officially eliminated the Braves from the post-season.

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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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