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Sam Whitehead

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Sam Whitehead is a reporter with GPB News. He has worked with “Here and Now,” NPR News, “State of the Re:Union,” WSKG News, and WRVO News. He also co-founded WRFI Community Radio News in Ithaca, New York. He hasn’t won any awards yet. In his free time, he tries to become a better storyteller. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Georgia's Capital Punishment Contradiction: More Executions, Fewer Death Sentences

Update 12/07/2016: The Supreme Court of Georgia and U.S. Supreme Court denied Sallie’s attorney’s requests for a stay of execution Tuesday. Sallie was executed at 10:05 p.m. Tuesday evening. Ori...

December 6, 2016

Fire In The Mountains: Georgia Fights Wildfires As Blazes Continue

Wildfires continue to burn all across the hills of north Georgia. The U.S. Forest Service is fighting the state’s largest fires: they’re burning tens of thousands of acres in the Chattahoochee N...

November 22, 2016

Can Big Data Help Farmers Use Less Water?

Georgia’s multi-billion dollar agriculture industry needs water, but farmers who rely on the Flint River could soon face drastic water restrictions. Right now, Florida is suing Georgia in the U.S....

November 10, 2016

Express Lanes Take Toll On Driver Behavior

What would you do to keep from sitting in traffic? Drivers on a stretch of I-85 north of Atlanta confront that question each time they pass a set of limited access toll lanes. The idea is simple: pa...

October 25, 2016

Breaking The Color Barrier In Gwinnett County Goverment

Gwinnett County isn’t all white, but its county commission is and always has been. The county has undergone a radical demographic transition in recent decades, but the Gwinnett Board of Commission...

October 14, 2016

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A Millennial Look At Jimmy Carter

On February 24, 1976 Jimmy Carter won the Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire. It was the first time many Americans heard of the former Georgia governor who would soon become the nation’...

February 24, 2016 - 8:30am

Georgia House Passes Bill Reforming Grand Jury Process

Current Georgia law allows law enforcement officers to testify at the end of a grand jury proceeding without being cross-examined. Rep. Rich Golick (R-Smyrna) said that's a problem. "This obviously...

February 23, 2016 - 8:58pm

Campus Carry Bill Passes Georgia House

Supporters say the bill simply extends the Second Amendment right to bear arms to public colleges and universities. Opponents of the measures, like Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates), said that'...

February 22, 2016 - 3:49pm

Donald Trump Rolls Through Georgia

Donald Trump told the crowd in Atlanta Sunday afternoon he was confident he would win Georgia’s primary but only with their help. "If your doctor says you’re not gonna to make it for 24 hours, you’re...

February 22, 2016 - 9:56am

Georgia House Passes Fiscal Year 2017 Budget

Rep. Terry England (R-Auburn) chairs the House Appropriations Committee. He said the budget includes substantial funding for transportation infrastructure and a 3 percent pay raise for teachers and...

February 19, 2016 - 2:06pm

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Mapping a Carless Life

(This story also appears on Medium.) There’s nothing like car troubles to make you think about the other transportation options available to you. To pull back the curtain on my life a bit, for...

September 30, 2015 - 4:18pm
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Introducing GPB News Presents: What Moves You, Georgia

(This story also appears on Medium). It’s an exciting time at GPB News. No, not because it’s pumpkin spice season, but because we’re getting started on a new series looking at the...

September 22, 2015 - 11:17am