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.  


6:14 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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6:21 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Free Piedmont Park Concert Series Begins

Xavier Foley is currently perusing a Bachelors of Music Degree at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Credit Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will play three free concerts in Piedmont Park this month.

It’s become an annual event as the ASO partners with the Piedmont Park Conservancy.

But as WABE’s Rose Scott reports, if you want to get those free tickets…time is of the essence.

The clock is ticking.

In this case your computer or tablet clock.

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Health & Science
4:33 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

First-Of-Its-Kind Center for Obesity Reversal Created at GSU

Timothy Bartness is considered a world-renowned obesity researcher and Director of the Center for Obesity Reversal at Georgia State University. Professor Bartness has studied obesity for more than 30 years.
Credit Georgia State University

There’s a new research center at Georgia State University.

Officials say it’s been established to foster projects that will help fight the nation’s obesity epidemic.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports the center is the first of its kind.

There have been thousands of studies and reports on obesity, including how to combat the epidemic to preventing obesity and who is at risk to be obese.

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Maya Angelou, 1928-2014
6:51 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

WABE Special Feature: Atlanta Tributes and Remembrances of Maya Angelou

In 1992, Dr. Maya Angelou addressed the graduating class of Spelman College.
Credit Spelman College

Tributes and remembrances of Maya Angelou are pouring in today.

The civil rights activist, poet laureate, author and playwright passed away early Wednesday morning at her home in North Carolina.

Maya Angelou had many ties to Atlanta.

WABE’s Rose Scott spent the day speaking with leading Atlantans that knew Angelou.

The story begins with Atlanta based author and playwright Pearl Cleage saying there are many reasons to celebrate the life of her friend Dr. Maya Angelou.

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5:57 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

High Court Rules Florida Death Penalty IQ Requirement Unconstitutional; Impact on Georgia?

The United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Florida death row inmate Freddie Lee Hall's challenge to the state's use of an IQ cutoff to determine mental disability.
Credit Florida Department of Corrections

The United States Supreme Court today tossed the death sentence of a Florida man who challenged a law requiring an IQ of 70 or below was needed to avoid the death penalty.

The high court ruled the law unconstitutional.

In Georgia, death row inmate Warren Lee Hill has unsuccessfully challenged the state’s "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard to prove his mentally disability.

But will the nation’s high court ruling affect any of Hill’s previous claims?

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6:08 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Weather and Artist Lineup Could Bring Record Crowd to Atlanta Jazz Festival

Established in 1978, the Atlanta Jazz Festival is held each year in Piedmont Park.
Credit Atlanta Jazz Festival

It’s Memorial Day weekend in Atlanta.

And that means Piedmont Park will be bopping and swinging as the venue for the Atlanta Jazz Festival.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports this year organizers are feeling pretty good about the projected crowd, the weather and of course the artist lineup.

What makes for a successful Atlanta Jazz Festival?

First, it’s free.

Second, the weather forecast is without rain.

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5:32 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Area Runoffs See Old Political Faces Vying for Comeback

Former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones is in a run-off with incumbent Jeff Mann.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

Meanwhile, there are several local run-offs…and they include familiar names trying to regain political office.

WABE’s Rose Scott has that report.

Who doesn’t like a runoff, other than the candidates who didn’t make it?

In DeKalb County, incumbent sheriff Jeff Mann squares off against the county’s former CEO, Vernon Jones.

Jones had been out of the political spotlight since 2008.

Clark Atlanta University political science professor William Boone says Vernon Jones is crafting a campaign that overshadows an inexperienced law enforcement career

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1:49 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Ambassador Andrew Young Speaks about Passing on Blessings Awards

The Pass on Blessings Award, created by Carolyn and Andrew Young, is to affirm the giving spirit and actions of accomplished people who have used the bounty of their blessing to make a difference in the lives of others.
Credit Andrew J Young Foundation

Ambassador Andrew Young stopped by WABE to talk about the 2014 Pass on Blessings Awards.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports the Andrew J. Young Foundation will honor some big names for this year’s 2014 Pass on Blessings Awards.

Honorees are being recognized for making a difference in the lives of others:

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Atlanta Public Schools
6:35 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Atlanta School Chief Ready To Focus on Future, Not the Past

APS superintendent, Dr. Meria Carstarphen at Atlanta Press Club luncheon sponsored by Communities in Schools, an organization that works to prevent students from dropping out.
Credit Rose Scott / WABE

  The newly hired superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools says transition won’t be easy as APS tries to move on from the cheating scandal.

Speaking during at Atlanta Press Club luncheon, Dr. Meria Carstarphen today gave a glimpse into her vision for the district.  

WABE’s Rose Scott has more.

Standing before the APS board, business and philanthropic leaders and educational partners, Dr. Carstarphen says APS will undergo a culture change.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
6:34 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Father of Wounded Assistant District Attorney Speaks With WABE

On April 25th, 2014, Fulton County Assistant District Attorney April Ross McConnell and a friend was shot multiple times. The gunman was her estranged husband, from whom April had filed for divorce earlier that week.
Credit April McConnell

On April 25th, 2014, assistant Fulton County District Attorney April McConnell and friend Levon Hailey were shot multiple times in McConnell’s car.

A man-hunt ensued for McConnell’s husband Trenard McConnell.

Later that day, authorities found his body in a College Park cemetery.

He died of a self-inflicted gunshot. 

Speaking for the first time, April McConnell’s father, Kevin Ross sat down with WABE’s Rose Scott.

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NFL Draft
6:08 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Atlanta Falcons Draft Offensive Lineman Jake Matthews

Jake Matthews was the Atlanta Falcons' first round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Credit National Football League

The 2014 NFL draft got underway in New York City on May 9th.

And with the sixth selection of the first round, the Atlanta Falcons chose a player to help keep quarterback Matt Ryan upright during the games.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports.

Jake Matthews’ job description is pretty simple.

He must protect Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

Last season, that task was a problem for the team’s offensive line.

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6:48 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

MARTA Making Efforts to End Fare Evasion

MARTA officials say the transit agency is losing millions of dollars due to people not paying the fare.
Credit Chris Ferguson

MARTA officials say the transit agency is losing millions of dollars due to people not paying the fare.

They’re called fare evaders.

So, beginning this month, MARTA will end the practice of riders boarding unmanned buses.

WABE’s Rose Scott has more.

The engine may be running and other passengers could already be on the bus, but if the driver is away…you’ll have to wait to board.

And when the driver returns, that’s when riders can present their transit card or pay the fare.

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3:15 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Atlanta Educators Seek Recusal of Judge in Cheating Scandal Case

Leah Ward Sears, retired chief justice of the State Supreme Court of Georgia, says while Baxter’s actions may be unusual, it doesn’t warrant his recusal.
Credit Leah Ward Sears

Some defendants in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial want the presiding judge to recuse himself from the case.

In a motion filed by attorneys for Dr. Beverly Hall, the former APS superintendent, it alleges Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter interfered with an appeal case of another APS defendant.

WABE’s Rose Scott has more.

Now at issue are the circumstances surrounding APS defendant Tamara Cotman.

She’s is the former regional director that worked under Dr. Hall.

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6:35 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Emory University Professor Featured in NOVA Series on Animal Behavior

Credit PBS

How many times have you said it?

My pet is smarter than a human.

This week, the PBS program NOVA airs the final episode in a series called “Inside Animal Minds.”

The final segment, called Who's the Smartest, features a study conducted by an Emory University professor.

WABE’s Rose Scott has more.

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Atlantans React to Nigerian Kidnapping
5:33 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Atlanta on Abducted Nigerian School Girls

In this Reuters photo, relatives of the abducted girls gather seeking answers about rescue efforts.
Credit Reuters

The disappearance of more than 200 Nigerian school girls continues to spark outrage throughout the world.

Using #bringbackourgirls, a world-wide  pleading campaign is underway.

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Capital Punishment
6:47 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Oklahoma "Botched Execution" and Georgia's Lethal Injection Secrecy Law

In Georgia, death row inmate Warren Lee Hill, Jr Hill’s defense objected to the lethal injection because of a state law that protects the drug maker’s identity.

Opponents of a state law that shields the identity of the manufacturer of Georgia’s lethal injection drug may have another incident to cite in challenging the law.

Oklahoma officials say a “botched” execution occurred Tuesday, April 29.

Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett appeared to suffer.

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11:04 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Atlanta's Kenny Leon Talks Tony Nominations with Lois Reitzes

Atlanta’s Kenny Leon is nominated in the best director category for the 2014 Tony Awards for A Raisin in the Sun.
Credit Tony Awards

A real treat for listeners during this morning's WABE 90.1 FM pledge drive, Atlanta’s Kenny Leon is having a very good week and he took time to speak live with WABE’s Lois Reitzes about his Tony Award nomination for best director of A Raisin in the Sun.

Leon is the co-founder of Atlanta's True Colors Theatre Company.

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1:31 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Atlanta Police: Suspect Found Dead In Fulton Assistant DA Shooting

The street sign for Fairway Circle, the street on which an assistant Fulton County DA was shot.
Credit Dan Raby / WABE

UPDATE April 29, 2014

We received the following today:

Statement from the Family of April McConnell

This has been an extremely difficult time for our family. We will never be able to answer the question of why this tragedy occurred.  In addition to ourselves, the lives of two other families have been terribly impacted by the events that transpired last Friday morning.

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Atlanta Public Schools
6:31 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Atlanta Educators Videotaped Abusing Special Needs Students

Alger Coleman III was arrested and charged with child cruelty and battery.
Credit Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Erroll Davis says the abuse of two special needs students, at the hands of educators, is disgusting and disturbing.

It happened at Harper Archer Middle School.

WABE’s Rose Scott has more.

A special education teacher set-up a video recorder because she says her previous complaints were ignored.

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