Q&A on the News

Q: Are tours of CNN in Atlanta available to the public? How much do they cost? Also, if tours are available, can individuals get on the waiting list or are they just available to groups like school classrooms?

—William McKee Jr., Flowery Branch

A: The 50-minute walking tours are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The costs are $16 for adults, $15 for people 65 and older, and for students ages 13-18 (or with college ID), and $13 for ages 4-12). A rate of $14 (adult) and $12 (ages 4-12) are available for groups of 20 or more.

Tickets can be purchased online (cnn.com/tour) or by calling 404-827-2300 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Pre-purchased tickets or reservations are encouraged, but walk-up tickets are available.

Tickets also are part of the Atlanta CityPass (citypass.com/atlanta), which provides access to several of the city’s museums and attractions at a discounted rate.

CNN also offers VIP tours four times a day (Monday-Saturday) for ages 12 and over. The tour, which costs $35, provides “expanded access to the working studios,” the website states.

Q: What is the deepest ocean in the world? How deep is it?

—Eddie Webster, Douglasville

A: The Mariana Trench, in the western part of the Pacific Ocean, is the deepest point on earth, with one section called Challenger Deep nearly 7 miles (36,070 feet) below the ocean's surface.

“If Mount Everest were dropped into the Mariana Trench, its peak would still be more than a mile underwater,” National Geographic states on its website.

Andy Johnston wrote this column. Do you have a question about the news? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).