Will is thrilled to be reporting and delivering the news for KUNR. An East Coast transplant, he's worked at NPR stations in Philadelphia, New York and most recently Connecticut. He's also interned at the NPR West Headquarters in Los Angeles where he learned from some of the network's best correspondents. Before joining the public radio airwaves, he studied English at a small liberal arts college and covered arts and culture for an alternative news weekly in Philadelphia.

He's particularly drawn to education, government and environmental reporting, but will jump on any story that gets him out into the field with a mic in hand. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fish tacos and great American poetry.

Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaii.  He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter.   He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006).  He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals).  He resides in Honolulu.

6:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

State Board Of Education Reverses Course On Teacher Licensing

Acting on a directive from the Tennessee General Assembly, the state board of education voted Monday to break away from a controversial policy that tied student test scores to teacher licensing.

The board approved changes that would instead offer rewards to educators who consistently perform well on state-mandated job evaluations. Those who score three or above on the five-point evaluation scale across a number of years would receive professional development credits that would help them advance their careers and maintain their licenses.

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Tennessee Teen Health
4:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Tennessee Teens Report Risky Behavior

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A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that Tennessee teenagers are using heroin and shooting up drugs at twice the national average. The bi-annual Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Report is based on surveys of high school students between September 2012 and December 2013.                                

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6:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Plans Set For Baker Viewing, Burial

Former U.S. Senator Howard Baker (left), pictured with former Senator Bob Dole in 2012.
Credit Bipartisan Policy Center

The public will have a chance to pay final respects to a Tennessee statesman Monday, ahead of a funeral scheduled for the following day.

Former Senator Howard Baker will lie in repose in the rotunda of the public policy center that bears his name in Knoxville. The public will be allowed to view the casket containing Baker's body from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy on Cumberland Avenue.

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Science and Society
5:50 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

The Method: Science At The Mall

The SPECTRUM solar energy exhibit in Knoxville Center Mall.
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Imagine walking through your local mall and finding, amid the stores and food courts, a science museum. That's what happened to Brandon Hollingsworth recently. For this month's edition of The Method, Brandon returned to that exhibit, called SPECTRUM, and went inside this portable museum of solar power.

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6:26 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Former Colleagues Remember Howard Baker

Former Sen. Pete Domenici (left) and Senate staffer Bill Hoagland.
Credit Bipartisan Policy Center

Former senator, ambassador and presidential chief of staff Howard Baker died Thursday, June 26, at his home in Huntsville. He was 88.

Two men who knew Baker well -- former New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici and Senate staffer Bill Hoagland -- spoke with WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth. They shared their memories of working with Baker, and how his role as mediator helped Congress conduct the business of the nation.

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3:33 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

"The Ultimate Statesman": Tenn. Senator Howard H. Baker Dies At 88

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  Here's a collection of quotes and articles honoring the late Senator Howard Baker, Jr., who passed away Thursday at the age of 88:

"Howard Baker was Tennessee’s favorite son, one of America’s finest leaders and for Honey and me an indispensable friend. He built our state’s two-party political system and inspired three generations to try to build a better state and country. It is difficult to express how much we honor his life and how much we will miss him."  (U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander)

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Tennessee History
7:49 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Tennessee Lawmakers To Hold Trail Of Tears Ceremony

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Map (NPS)
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Tennessee lawmakers will publicly renounce the state’s involvement in the Trail of Tears.

The state legislature passed and Governor Bill Haslam signed the resolution, stating regret over the state’s involvement in the Indian Removal Act of 1830, also known as the Trail of Tears.

Resolution sponsor Representative Glen Casada said the resolution isn’t worded as an apology, because the state can’t apologize for the actions of others, but does offer sincere regret.

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Law and Government
6:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Rocky Top Vote Goes Ahead As Legal Challenge Continues

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Leaders in the Anderson County town of Lake City plan to go ahead with a vote to change city's name on Thursday, even as a challenge seeking to block that move heads toward appeal.

If adopted, Lake City's new name would be "Rocky Top." Backers say the change would give the town greater visibility, and a developer has promised to construct a water park in the city, contingent on the name change.

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