Rickey Bevington is an Emmy award winning journalist, President of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and Executive in Residence at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business.
Prior to joining the Council, Bevington spent two decades as an award-winning television and radio broadcaster with Georgia Public Broadcasting, PBS Newshour, National Public Radio (NPR), Marketplace, Connecticut Public Radio, WFSB TV-3, Sundance Channel and Showtime Network. Her 2017 TEDx talk "The Future of News Media Is in Our Hands” empowers media consumers to strengthen their communities by investing in quality news and information.
In 2022, the International Women's Forum accepted Bevington into its intensive fellowship program to study executive leadership at INSEAD Europe and Harvard Business School. The same year, Bevington co-founded the Sardinia Dialogues on responsible capitalism in Sardinia, Italy. She was a 2020–2022 Young Leader of the French-American Foundation and traveled through Ukraine observing propaganda and voter engagement during the 2019 election of President Volodymyr Zelensky. The year prior, Bevington surveyed media freedoms in Hungary and in Serbia.
Bevington is a 2014 recipient of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship of the German Marshall Fund of the United States examining transatlantic relations in Belgium, Sweden, Montenegro, Poland and Germany. In 2013, Bevington was a Legislative Fellow of the U.S. Department of State analyzing Tamil politics in Sri Lanka and India. The Middle East Travel Seminar selected her in 2011 to study historical and religious sites in Jordan, Israel, Sinai, and Greece.
Named 2019’s "Best On Air Personality" by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, Bevington was the longtime Atlanta-based host of NPR’s news magazine All Things Considered on Georgia Public Broadcasting. She is an inaugural member of the Council on Foreign Relations' Local Journalists Initiative. 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 programming across GPB’s statewide television and radio network. She was named among the “40 Under 40” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle (2015) and Georgia Trend (2016).
Bevington 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 and spent a year studying at Université de Strasbourg in France.
"Rickey manages to create magic for the audience and leave us all wanting more."