Jim Burress


Jim Burress is a proud native of Louisville, Kentucky. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Wabash College in Indiana, and a master’s in Mass Communication from Murray State University.  That's where Jim started his public radio career (WKMS-FM). 

Jim moved to Atlanta to work on his PhD, but after a year away from reporting, he realized he preferred the newsroom to the classroom.  He came to WABE in the spring of 2008, where he’s a reporter and host.

As a licensed pilot, Jim loves to fly single-engine Cessna airplanes. His interest in aviation is why you’ll likely hear him report a lot on the commercial aviation industry.   As a Kaiser Health News/NPR fellow, Jim also covers healthcare and healthcare policy for WABE. 

Jim is a regular contributor to the national show Marketplace, and his reports have aired nationally on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered,  and Day to Day.

Jim has won numerous professional awards, including 1st place honors from both the Kentucky and Georgia Associated Press and several regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.  In 2010, the Atlanta Press Club awarded Jim its radio “Award of Excellence” for his reporting on the Atlanta Police Department, and again in 2012 for a joint project looking at Clayton County schools. 

But Jim's biggest prize came in 2001 when he won it all on the game show, "The Price is Right." 

4:39 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Verdict Reached In Atlanta School Cheating Case

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 8:00 pm

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Goats and Soda
3:47 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Liberians In America Help Dispel Ebola Myths Back Home

Employees of a petroleum company in Liberia help to curb Ebola's spread via a public health awareness campaign Monday. West Africa is facing its first Ebola outbreak, so questions abound.
Abbas Dulleh AP

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 5:29 pm

Amelia Togba-Addy lives in Atlanta, but Ebola is always on her mind.

Like many Liberian Americans, she has family and friends in West Africa, where Ebola has killed nearly 900 people. In Liberia alone, the World Health Organization has reported almost 500 cases and more than 250 deaths so far.

So when Togba-Addy's aunt called early one morning last week, she panicked.

"The first thing I thought about was, 'Oh! A family member has come down with the virus,' " she says. "So I started crying."

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8:34 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Atlanta Hospital Prepares To Treat 2 Ebola Patients

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:48 am

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4:00 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Something Winter This Way Comes: The South Braces For Storms

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 8:00 pm



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Health Care
5:25 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Health Care Frustrations Turn Into Satisfaction For Ga. Man

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 11:42 am



Now, we'll introduce you to someone who did successfully sign up for insurance on HealthCare.gov. Michael Lappin of Atlanta, Georgia had a reason to shop for insurance early. His husband has health care needs that made buying their insurance on the individual market difficult and expensive.

Jim Burress, from WABE in Atlanta, profiles the small business owner.

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5:06 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Georgia Hospital System Partners With Royal Philips

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 6:22 am



Companies that make medical equipment operate largely on a supply-and-demand model. Hospitals buy their multimillion- dollar machines, use them for a few years, and then go shopping again. In some cases, manufacturers have designed entire medical systems within a hospital.

Now, in what appears to be a first-of-its-kind partnership in the United States, a tech giant - Royal Philips - and a hospital system in Georgia are sharing financial risk and reward. Jim Burress reports from WABE in Atlanta.

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