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TVNewser Profiles Bobbie Battista For 'Where Are They Now' Series

TVNewser is doing a multi-week series, profiling some veteran TV news journalists to learn about their lives and their perspectives on the changing TV news industry. The site recently profiled GPB News' own Bobbie Battista.

Here’s an excerpt from the profile below:

As Bobbie Battista will tell you, sometimes it all boils down to “being in the right place, at the right time, having made a lucky decision.”

And heeding some wise counsel from a parent.

Concussion Awareness at Road Atlanta

About two years ago, Rachel Daniels, Victoria Bostic, Patrick Edmond, Andrew MacCartney and myself had the chance to go to Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA.

GPB's WWII Oral History Project

A few years ago we in the Education Division got the idea that interviewing Georgia World War II veterans might be a worthwhile project. The journalist Tom Brokaw had published his book, The Greatest Generation, and it started us thinking about all the stories there must be about what Georgians experienced during the war. We found a little grant money and started the World War II Veterans Oral History Project .

Georgia Stories

One of the most used and popular educational resources here at Georgia Public Broadcasting is the video series and website GEORGIA STORIES.

This series and website support the teaching of the economic and social history of our state. It has a special place in my heart not only because I am a Social Studies teacher and historian, but also because the history of my family is part of the history of Georgia.

Pledge Drives

I really enjoy helping out during GPB pledge drives. Since I work in New Media and Education, my world revolves around computers, tablets apps and blogging. When I volunteer for pledge drives, I feel more connected to the television production process - the lights, cameras, studios and on-air personalities.


In my early college years I was a Japanese student. After three classes I was beginning to get pretty good. I was able to hold small conversations, and for the most part... I was understood by others. However, at the beginning I did sound like the man looking for his Japanese class in episode 1 of Irasshai. To many people starting to learn a new language could be daunting. If you find yourself to be one of those people...

Georgia Outdoors

I enjoy nature as much as the average person. But I don't have the guts to scale a southern Red Oak tree and spend the night sleeping in a canopy many feet off the ground. Nor do I have the nerve to crawl into caves to check up on ailing bats. Sharon Collins does and I live vicariously through her as she explores Georgia's natural wonders on Georgia Outdoors.

Georgia On My Mind

Georgia Public Broadcasting, in its original incarnation as WGTV, first went on air on May 23, 1960. It was in September of that year that Ray Charles released his classic recording of the 1930 Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell song, “Georgia On My Mind.” There are a few vicious rumors that their song might possibly have been about a certain woman who shares a name with our state, but that hasn’t stopped Georgia from adopting it in 1979 as the official song of the state.

Downton Abbey Blog

We write a lot here. We write educational content for Georgia teachers, news stories, scripts, and blogs. Oh, boy, do we ever write blogs. Arguably the most prolific blogger is my colleague Rosemary. She’s fantastic. She can write about anything, and I’m fairly certain she has.

Fast Forward

In 2012, Georgia's high school graduation rate was less than 70%. We’ve been working hard to improve that statistic by partnering with United Way, the Afterschool Council, and other community partners for improved awareness and intervention for Georgia parents and students.