Rickey Bevington is President of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and Executive in Residence at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business. Her lifelong professional mission - “to empower people with information” - is rooted in her belief that the free exchange of information is the bedrock of democracy.
This educational mission drives Bevington’s work to foster global synergism. In 2020, she was named a Young Leader of the French-American Foundation that champions the two nations’ centuries-old alliance. The year prior, she traveled through Ukraine observing propaganda and voter engagement during the election of President Volodymyr Zelensky. In 2018, Bevington examined media freedoms in Hungary and in Serbia. Bevington is a recipient of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. As a 2014-2015 fellow, she studied transatlantic policy and relations on a 24-day tour of Belgium, Sweden, Montenegro, Poland and Germany. In 2013, Bevington traveled through the U.S. Department of State to Sri Lanka and India to study Tamil politics.
Prior to joining the Council, Bevington spent two decades as a television and radio producer, reporter and anchor with Georgia Public Broadcasting, PBS Newshour, National Public Radio (NPR), Marketplace, Connecticut Public Radio, WFSB TV-3, Sundance Channel and Showtime Network.
Named 2019’s "Best On Air Personality" by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, Bevington was the longtime host of NPR’s news magazine All Things Considered on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Her journalism has garnered honors from the Edward R. Murrow Awards, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Southeast (Emmys) and the Society of Professional Journalists.
From 2011- 2014, Bevington directed news and public affairs across GPB's 9 television stations, 18 radio stations, websites and social media platforms. She co-created GPB-TV's On the Story and served as Managing Editor of Prime-Time Lawmakers. In 2015 and 2016, Georgia Trend and the Atlanta Business Chronicle named Bevington among the "40 Under 40" leaders making a positive impact in Georgia. Her 2017 TEDx talk "The Future of News Is in Our Hands” raises consumer awareness about the business models that drive fake news and infotainment.
Bevington serves on the board of the Atlanta Press Club and is a Trustee of the Georgia Council for International Visitors. She graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University with a degree in Comparative Literature. She trained in journalism at Quinnipiac University, Emerson College and the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.