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Gaston County Launches New 'Savvy Citizen' Podcast

Savvy Citizen Podcast LogoGASTONIA, N.C. – Gaston County has launched a new podcast, dubbed “Savvy Citizen.”

The podcast, co-hosted by Budget Manager Janet Schafer and Public Information Officer Adam Gaub, takes citizens behind the scenes of county government and answers some common questions while clearing up common misconceptions.

“My hope is to keep residents, visitors, and staff informed on all things Gaston County, whether it’s through providing a behind-the-scenes look to local government, giving a voice to our residents, or highlighting all that Gaston has to offer,” Schafer said.

Two episodes are already live – the first dealing with budgeting during a pandemic and the second tackling the upcoming election. For the election episode, UNC Charlotte professor of political science Dr. Eric Heberlig and Gaston County Elections Director Adam Ragan shared their insights on how voters can feel confident in the voting process.

While the podcast will tackle topics important to residents, it will also provide a new window into the goings on at Gaston County, helping residents put a voice to a name and a way to forge a better connection between citizens and civil servants.

A new episode is slated for release at a minimum of every other week.

The podcast is available to download on the County’s website at, as well as through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Audible.