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Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 7:05am

Award-Winning Journalist & Atlanta Native Rickey Bevington Returns to Air in Top Radio Spot

Updated: 6 months ago.

Award-winning journalist Rickey Bevington has been named Senior Anchor/Correspondent for Georgia Public Broadcasting. Among her responsibilities, she will be a mainstay with Atlantans during the afternoon drive as GPB Radio’s local host for the nationally syndicated and wildly popular All Things Considered from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Bevington brings more than 15 years of experience in the media industry to her new role at the organization, which also includes contributing stories and engaging with viewers and listeners through gpb.org and social media. She will also continue to contribute to GPB’s newest original television news series On the Story.

Most recently, Bevington served as GPB’s News Director of TV, Radio & Digital. Since joining GPB in 2006, Bevington has hosted and produced numerous television and radio programs, including Georgia Traveler, State of the Arts, Georgia Gazette, GPB News Briefs and the Consumer Call-In.

"For the past eight years, I've proudly contributed to GPB's cultural community,” said Bevington. “It's an honor to take a leading role at a time when Georgians are gaining greater access to GPB's unparalleled news and information programming. I look forward to being a new face and voice for the city of Atlanta and for our great state of Georgia."

An Atlanta native, Bevington is a believer in volunteerism and shaping her community. She participated in L.E.A.D. Atlanta, an intensive eight-month leadership program, and she is an active member of the Atlanta Press Club. Bevington serves on the Board of the Georgia Associated Press and has served as a board member and Chairman of the Board for the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art.

Among her accolades, Bevington was recognized with the prestigious "History In The Media" award by the Georgia Historical Society. In March of this year, she was the only Georgian appointed to a prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. While in the post, she will travel throughout Eastern Europe studying public policy issues impacting the U.S. and the European Union.

“Rickey has been a leader in helping GPB forge the path of multi-platform journalism,” said GPB President and CEO Teya Ryan. “She knows Georgia like few others, and this makes her the right choice to help strengthen the vital content we provide to Georgia’s nearly 10 million residents.”

Respected across the state and industry circles, GPB has been long hailed as an innovative public media leader. Recent recognition for the statewide network includes winning the 2014 Atlanta Press Club Award for Best Radio Reporting and the 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Writing from the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA). GPB’s Savannah radio station WSVH 91.1 was just named “Best Talk Radio Station” by the publication Connect Savannah. In addition, GPB is nominated for 26 Southeastern Emmy Awards, which will be given out during a ceremony in June.

Bevington will begin hosting All Things Considered in June. The popular program airs weekday afternoons from 4 – 7 p.m. across GPB’s statewide 19-station radio network and will be a part of the programming lineup for WRAS 88.5 FM in the Atlanta market.

As one of the largest PBS stations in the nation, Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB Media), has been creating content worth sharing for over 50 years. With nine television stations, 19 radio stations and a multi-faceted web presence, GPB strives to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of our viewers and listeners with programming that includes statewide radio news, current affairs, high school sports, educational resources for teachers and students and enlightening programs about our state like Georgia Outdoors, Georgia Traveler and On the Story.