Ashley Gross is KPLU's business and labor reporter, covering everything from and Boeing to garbage strikes. She joined the station in May 2012 after working for five years at WBEZ in Chicago, where she reported on business and the economy. Her work telling the human side of the mortgage crisis garnered awards from the Illinois Associated Press and the Chicago Headline Club. She's also reported for the Alaska Public Radio Network in Anchorage and for Bloomberg News in San Francisco.

She studied history at Brown University and earned a master's in international affairs at Columbia University. She grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She lives in West Seattle with her husband and two sons.

Living With HIV
12:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

I'm Still Here: My HIV Life

When John was diagnosed with HIV in 1990, he never would have imagined he would still be alive today to celebrate his 50th birthday. 

Twenty-three years later, he views his life with the sense of appreciation and perspective that can only come from someone forced to face his own mortality. “My life is a lot different,” he says, “but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

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Ashley Lopez is a reporter for WGCU News. A native of Miami, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a journalism degree. 

Previously, Lopez was a reporter for Miami's NPR member station, 

Probation & Parole
4:00 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Probation Program First Of Its Kind In Tennessee


A probation program in Johnson City that began in July is the first of its kind in the state and is receiving its first reviews from the state.

The Johnson City Police Department found that the city was lacking a central location with the services that probationers required, and so got a federal grant to start the Day Reporting Center.

The Center focuses on serious, nonviolent offenders, who are required to visit the center for therapy and take classes, which include employment training, online research, and relationship and parenting classes.

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6:00 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Knoxville Elections Likely to Draw Slim Crowd

Credit WUOT, Matt Shafer Powell

Don't be surprised if you mention Election Day and receive a blank stare in return. Knox County election officials are expecting low turnout for Tuesday's slate of five city council races. Only two of the five have drawn viable opponents.

The highest-profile race will be the fourth district, which covers North Knoxville. There, incumbent Nick Della Volpe will fight a challenge from Rick Staples. Della Volpe's call for city pension reform drew the ire of groups representing Knoxville's police and fire departments. Their frustration could translate into support for Staples.

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Amendment One
3:46 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Debate Over TN Abortion Amendment Begins In Earnest

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

  On Nov. 4, 2014, Tennesseans will go to the polls and vote on whether the state’s General Assembly should have the authority to regulate abortion. The so-called abortion amendment will appear on the ballot as “Amendment One” and if approved by voters, would add language to the state constitution that would read (in part), “Nothing in this constitution secures or protects a right to abortion.”

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The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential on WUOT

Help is on the way for Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers and dinner guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, award-winning host of public radio's national food show The Splendid Table®, will be available to answer listener questions throughout the live, two-hour program. 


Phone lines (800-242-2828) will be open nationwide from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST and the program will be simulcast live on the Web at This year, The Splendid Table has created even more ways for listeners to be involved with Turkey Confidential.  In addition to the open phone lines, The Splendid Table website will host the following Web-based features:

Giving Thanks, a Celebration of Fall, Food and Gratitude on WUOT

Classical music is the heart and soul of the original Giving Thanks

New for 2014, two great poets join us at the table.

We remember Dr. Maya Angelou, and she shares her Thankgiving blessing and memories. Nikki Giovanni reads food poems from her new book, and recalls the Thanksgiving she got kicked out of college! Also, Simple Gifts from Copland, a Simple Song from Bernstein, and lots of music about fall, food, and gratitude. For listeners in the kitchen, on the road, or relaxing after the feast, Giving Thanks provides the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving: the warmth of great music, and truly memorable words

Lakshmi Singh is midday newscaster for NPR. She joined NPR's award-winning Newscast Unit in 2000.

North Country Public Radio/Champlain Valley reporter for the Innovation Trail

Sarah Harris covers the Champlain Valley for Innovation Trail. She was an assistant teacher for the first class of the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  Sarah's work has aired on NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. Sarah is a 2010 recipient of the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, has lived abroad in the Maldives and Nepal, and is a graduate of Middlebury College.