Jennifer works as a reporter, producer and student trainer for KSMU in Springfield, Mo. She grew up on a farm just outside West Plains, Mo., and now works for KSMU from her hometown.

Jennifer spent five years as a freelance journalist in the Persian Gulf, reporting for NPR and producing for CNN International’s program “Inside the Middle East.”

Jennifer studied at the American University in Cairo and graduated from the University of Missouri.

Sarah Gonzalez is the multimedia education reporter for WLRN's StateImpact Florida project. She comes from NPR in D.C. where she was a national desk reporter, web and show producer as an NPR Kroc Fellow. The San Diego native has worked as a reporter and producer for KPBS in San Diego and KALW in San Francisco, covering under-reported issues like youth violence, food insecurity and public education. Her work has been awarded an SPJ Sigma Delta Chi and regional Edward R. Murrow awards. She graduated from Mills College in 2009 with a bachelorâ

Oak Ridge Schools
9:19 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Oak Ridge City Funding Issue Could Mean School Closure

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The Oak Ridge City Schools could close October 1st unless the city addresses a funding issue. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Oak Ridge City Schools could close unless the city finds $250,000.

The state gave notice that it would withhold almost $1.9 million a month from the school system, unless the city meets state-mandated funding.

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Craig produces sound-rich features and breaking news coverage for WSHU’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. His features have run nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, as well as on Marketplace. Craig has won a number of national and regional awards for his reporting, including the national Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award feature reporting in 2011, first place awards in 2012 and 2009 from the national Public Radio News Directors Inc. and second place in 2007 from the national Society of Environmental Journalists. Craig is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Tufts University.

U.S. News & World Report Rankings
2:43 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

UT Campus Slips One Spot Away From Top 25 Goal—Or Does It?

UT-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek addresses the media to discuss the latest university rankings from U.S. News and World Report (09.10.13)
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In 2010, then-Governor Phil Bredesen of Tennessee challenged the University of Tennessee with the goal of becoming a Top 25 public research university by the year 2020.  Since then, UT-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek has engaged in a relentless public campaign to make that happen. 

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Development
11:00 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Developer Pays $8.5 Million For West Knox County Land Parcel

An open field at Kingston Pike and Cedar Bluff Road has been sold for $8.5 million.
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  The last open field bordering Cedar Bluff Road in Knoxville has been sold to a developer for eight-point-five million dollars.                                

The four corners formed by the intersection of Cedar Bluff road and Kingston Pike went from empty fields to shopping centers in a matter of a few months, in some cases. Now the the last section of undeveloped land in that quadrant has sold.

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Bente Birkeland has covered Colorado politics and government since spring of 2006. She loves the variety and challenge of the state capitol beat and talking to people from all walks of life.

special coverage
3:50 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Special Coverage Tuesday Evening

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Tonight President Barack Obama spoke of the options on the table regarding action against Syria.  Coverage was hosted by NPR's Audie Cornish.  

Additional coverage and analysis of the President's speech can be found at NPR.org.

Chattanooga: Same-Sex Partner Policy
10:38 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Chattanooga City Officials Want Health Benefits For Same-Sex Domestic Partners Of City Workers

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The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Mayor Andy Berke says treating all city workers equally includes offering health benefits to same-sex domestic partners.  

City Councilman Chris Anderson is heading that effort, which includes an official nondiscrimination policy against gay and lesbian city workers. Activists are calling for similar policies in Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis. 

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Military Action in Syria
4:30 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Protestors Plan Anti-War Demonstration In Knoxville Today

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  Members of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) and others opposed to possible U.S. military action in Syria are planning to protest on a downtown Knoxville sidewalk this morning. 

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