Rose Scott

Host, A Closer Look

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.  


A Closer Look
7:16 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

At The Eye Of The Storm: Perception And Practice At Peachtree and Pine - Part 3

igh above the 95,000 square foot Peachtree-Pine shelter sits rows and rows of garden beds.
Alison Guillory

There are no elevators to get to the top.

High above the 95,000 square foot Peachtree-Pine shelter sits rows and rows of single beds.

They’re not for sleeping.

Instead, they’re garden bed, dozens of them.

Rooted in the soil of the organic garden beds grows a little bit of everything, says Anita Beaty

A couple of rabbits also live on the shelter’s rooftop.

Since it was cold and rainy, they decided to stay inside their tarp-covered pens.

A Closer Look was told an “ornery hawk” rules the rooftop, but he too was missing.

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A Closer Look
6:36 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

At The Eye Of The Storm: Perception And Practice At Peachtree and Pine - Part 2

Shelter officials say the crime around the building is caused by those hanging outside and across the street.
Alison Guillory
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A Closer Look
6:20 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

At The Eye Of The Storm: Perception And Practice At Peachtree And Pine - Part 1

Only residents are allowed beyond these doors.
Alison Guillory

Since 1996, the Peachtree Pine homeless shelter has called 477 Peachtree Street home.  It's operated by the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless.  And it's been the center of controversy.  We went inside  to see firsthand what does on inside the largest homeless shelter in the southeast.

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A Closer Look
3:31 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

King Family Court Drama Seeks Positive Resolution

The lawsuit between the King’s two sons, Dexter, right, and Martin Luther King III, left, against their sister, Rev. Bernice King, middle, has been dropped.
Credit Maria Saporta / Saporta Report

A lawsuit filed by the Estate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. against The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change over the licensing agreement and intellectual property of Dr. King has been dropped.

The lawsuit pitted the King’s two sons, Martin King III and Dexter, against their sister, Rev. Bernice King, who heads the King Center.

Now, Martin King is reportedly seeking a resolution and opposes moving forward with this case.

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A Closer Look
2:00 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Overhauling The Foster Care System: A Conversation With Dr. Karen Baynes-Dunning

Dr. Karen Baynes-Dunning speaks at an event in Albany.
Credit Jennifer Parks / The Albany Herald / Special to WABE

In 2002, Georgia’s foster care system within Fulton and DeKalb County was called flawed, and some even said a broken agency.

That year, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of children in Georgia’s foster care system.

Eventually, in 2005, a consent decree was agreed to by both parties to fix the foster care system, including court appointed monitors.

At that time, Dr. Karen Baynes-Dunning was a juvenile court judge, but she now serves as one of the court appointed monitors.

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A Closer Look
5:57 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

'All This Time I've Had A Daughter, Not A Son': A Talk With Parents Of Transgender Teen

Trae and Robert Baldy describe their daughter Britt at a young age.
Credit Alison Guillory / WABE

Last December, on an early Sunday morning, in Warren County, Ohio, 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn committed suicide by walking in front of a tractor trailer.

The teen left behind a suicide note. Leelah was transgender.

The teen left the note on a social media website describing a lonely and fractured relationship with her family.

Leelah Alcorn wrote, “The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren't treated the way I was, they're treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights.” 

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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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7:37 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Vietnam Veteran Set To Be Executed

Wednesday, Jan. 14, sixty-six year Andrew Brannan is set to be executed for the 1998 murder of Laurens County Deputy Sheriff Kyle Dinkheller during a traffic stop.

22-years old at the time, the deputy was shot to death by Brannan and it was captured on the dash board video of the deputy’s patrol car.

WARNING: The video contains graphic scenes of a shootout.

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1:13 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Clemency Hearing To Be Held For Georgia Death Row Inmate

This undated prison photo provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows convicted murderer Andrew Brannan. Brannan, 66, is to be executed Tuesday for the January 1998 slaying of 22-year-old Laurens County Sheriff's Deputy Kyle Dinkheller.
Credit Georgia Department of Corrections / Associated Press

A clemency hearing for a Georgia death row inmate who is set to be executed this week is being held Monday morning.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles is holding the clemency hearing for Andrew Howard Brannan, who is set to die at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson.

The 66-year-old Brannan was convicted in the January 1998 slaying of 22-year-old Laurens County sheriff's deputy Kyle Dinkheller. Authorities say Brannan shot Dinkheller multiple times during a traffic stop.

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5:22 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

911 Call: Peachtree City Police Chief Shot Wife In Bed

Chief William McCollom has been placed on administrative leave.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has released the emergency call Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom made in the early morning on New Year’s Day after shooting his wife.


Chief McCollom told the 911 dispatcher his wife was shot in the back and the side while in bed. A portion of the call is transcribed below.

911 dispatcher:           “She was shot twice accidental? Who shot her?”

McCollom:                  “Yes.”

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4:04 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Peachtree City Police Chief Says He Accidentally Shot Wife

Peachtree City Police Lt. Mark Brown says the Georgia Bureau of Investigation will take the lead on the case.

Authorities from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Peachtree City Police Department are jointly investigating a shooting involving Police chief William E. McCollom.

So far authorities will only say that in the early morning of New Year’s Day, Chief McCollom called 911 indicating he had accidently shot his wife.

She was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center.

Initial reports said, chief McCollom accidentally shot his wife twice.

But GBI inspector Sherry Lang said investigators found otherwise.

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12:47 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

New Year's Resolutions: Staying Sober and Making An Album for 2015

Luana Simpkins is committed to staying "clean and sober". She brought in the New Year with a friend who says he's been "clean and sober" for nine years.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM News

2015 is officially here.

To ring it in, an estimated 175,000 people packed into Underground Atlanta Wednesday night for the 26th annual Peach Drop.

Aspiring artist, “Queen,” reflected on her 2014 as she waited inside a nearby barbershop for headliner Ludacris to hit the stage. “My 2014 was great,” she said. “I moved out here to Atlanta to pursue my music career and it has been the best year thus far. It’s exciting, because a lot of things are coming into to perspective.”

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6:31 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Ludacris Set to Rap and Ring in Atlanta's New Year

Ludacris started as an intern at a local Atlanta hip-hop station and rose to fame as a rapper and actor.
Credit Peach Drop

The largest New Year’s Eve celebration in the southeast is underway in downtown Atlanta.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports thousands  are expected for the annual Peach Drop.

Atlanta's own Ludacris will rap in the dropping of the 800 lb. fiberglass and foam peach.

The Peach Drop started in 1989 and officials are now proud to claim it as a world renown event.

That also means a heavy police presence.

APD officials have issued a zero tolerance policy for any crime.

Expect to see extra officers in Downtown Atlanta, Midtown and other areas.

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12:49 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Atlanta native Sally Quillan Yates is President's Deputy Attorney General Nominee

Sally Quillian Yates is the first woman to serve as United States Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia.
Credit Martha Dalton

President Obama has nominated Atlanta native U.S. attorney Sally Quillian Yates for deputy attorney general.

Yates was serving as a federal prosecutor when in 2009 Obama nominated her as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. She was confirmed the following year.  

Now, she’s a nominee for second-in-command at the Justice Department.

WABE legal analyst Page Pate says Yates is highly respected.

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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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