Tanya Ott

Tanya Ott was WBHM's news director for ten years. She's currently vice president of radio for Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta.

John Archibald: Railroad Park Shooting and the Birmingham Barons

It’s been a bloody week in the Birmingham metro area with five violent deaths yesterday and the fatal shooting of a teenager at a popular downtown park.

School Accountability Act Either Brilliant Politics or Despicable Move

Republican legislators dropped a bomb last week with passage of a heavily revised School Accountability Act. Democrats pushed back with a legal challenge, and now the case may go to the State Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Might Dismantle Parts of Voting Rights Act

If the questions that came from U.S. Supreme Court justices yesterday are any indication, there’s a good chance Shelby County could prevail in its effort to challenge the 1965 Voting Rights Act. That’s just one of the stories grabbing local headlines this week.

Cell Phones and Rape Take the Stage in Ruined

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been wracked by war for decades, but most Americans know very little about the struggle. Two Birmingham-area theatre companies hope to change that. They’re staging an award-winning play that calls attention to the dark times in the Congo.

When and Why Schools Resegregate

Since the 1970’s, federal court orders have governed how many Southern communities integrated their public schools. But new research shows, as those orders have been lifted, school districts are gradually resegregating. In part four of our series we look at why.

Supreme Court Weighs Future Of Voting Rights Act

Race is front and center at the U.S. Supreme Court today and so is Shelby County, Alabama. The county is suing the U.S. Justice Department, challenging a requirement that it get prior approval from the federal government to change voting laws or maps.

Clinton After Desegregation: A Small Southern Town’s Struggle With The Past

Half a century ago, the civil rights movement launched its legendary struggle for racial equality. Many of its biggest battles were fought here in the south and one of its greatest victories was overturning the federal law that allowed racially segregated schools. But now, 50 years on, studies show schools are resegregating, especially in the south. This week on WBHM, we ask: Why? And what does it mean for students?

John Archibald Visits Alabama’s Worst Cities

Birmingham News columnist outraged some readers with his list of Alabama’s Best and Worst Cities. He’s making amends by visiting some of the underdogs.

John Archibald: Don’t Forget Common Sense in Gun Debate

Gun violence and school safety are taking center stage in Alabama this month. First, the fatal shooting of a school bus driver in Midland City; now, charges against a man accused of holding several Chelsea Middle School girls at gunpoint in a school locker room. And that’s just the beginning…

Long Hostage Drama Over in Midland City, Alabama

The FBI says it will conduct a review of events leading up to the death of a South Alabama man who held a young boy hostage for nearly a week. Law enforcement officers stormed Jimmy Lee Dykes’ underground bunker in Midland City yesterday afternoon. They freed the five-year-old hostage, a boy identified as Ethan, and sources say they killed Dykes because they were convinced the child was in imminent danger. Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson said late last night that Dykes was armed when officers entered the bunker to rescue Ethan.