Shawn Johnson covers the State Capitol for Wisconsin Public Radio. Shawn joined the network in 2004. Prior to that he worked for WUIS-FM, a public radio station in Springfield, Illinois. There, Shawn reported on the Illinois legislature. He also managed the station's western Illinois bureau, where he produced features on issues facing rural residents. He previously worked as an Assistant Producer for WBBM-AM radio in Chicago.

Shawn's work has earned awards from the Associated Press and has been featured on National Public Radio.


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.

TN Higher Education Rates
4:30 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

New National Report Ranks Tennessee 43rd In US For College Attainment


College attainment is the percentage of adults between the ages of 25 and 64 holding some kind of post-secondary degree. The new report from the Lumina Foundation found that just over 32% of those adults in Tennessee hold degrees.  The national average is 38.7%. Governor Bill Haslam has set a state goal for college attainment rates of 55% by 2025.  But the Lumina report estimates that at current rates, Tennessee will reach only 39% by that time.

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Fort Campbell Clinic
6:43 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Officials Break Ground On Groundbreaking Clinic At Fort Campbell


A new clinic at Fort Campbell will treat what are known as the signature wounds of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Officials broke ground on the clinic yesterday and it’s expected to be completed in a year. The clinic will be the third of its kind (the others are at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina) and will work with the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Maryland, to research and develop treatment for brain injuries and post-traumatic stress.

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3:56 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Report: Knoxville Charity Among Nation's Worst

Cancer Fund of America headquarters in Knoxville.
Credit Cancer Fund of America

A Knoxville-based cancer charity raises millions of dollars, but sends only a pittance to the people it claims to help.

A Tampa Bay Times/Center for Investigative Reporting investigation calls Cancer Fund of America one of the nation’s worst charities. Records show the group sends only two cents per donated dollar to cancer patients. The Times reports Cancer Fund of America founder James T. Reynolds, Sr., and his family run five charities that pay executive salaries to nearly a dozen relatives.

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Marijuana Arrests
3:52 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Knox County Blacks More Likely To Be Arrested For Pot Possession Than Whites

Credit Dohduhdah via Wikimedia Commons

In a county where nearly 87% of the population is white, blacks in Knox County are arrested for marijuana possession more than six times as often as whites.  That's despite statistics that show marijuana use among blacks and whites is similar.  The findings were revealed in a recent study of FBI crime data by the American Civil Liberties Union.   The ACLU concluded blacks in America are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for possessing pot than whites.  At 4.0, Tennessee's disparity rate is slightly above

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To the Point on WUOT-2

Take a rapid-fire tour of the day’s hot-button issues with To the Point. Award-winning journalist Warren Olney leads an informative and thought-provoking discussion of major news stories with expert guests that bring multiple perspectives on each issue. Daily Newsmaker and Reporters Notebook features round out each episode with a personal touch.

From Foster Care To College, Part Three
9:30 am
Thu June 13, 2013

From Foster Care To College, Part Three: A Little Help Improving The Odds

Kenyetta Windmon-Smith, one of about two dozen students involved with the Alabama REACH program, after her finals outside the University of Alabama's Ferguson Student Center.
Credit Dan Carsen


To understand this story, you have to understand something that happened in 2010.

It's fall. Students arrive on campus in SUVs driven by family who help unload furniture and other things they'll need for their new lives. But one young man, who came from a foster home and had not been to orientation, shows up holding nothing but his admissions letter.

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Occupy Nashville
6:06 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Federal Court Rules In Favor Of Occupy Nashville Protestors

Katy Wolf, left, Lamercie Saint Hilaire and other protesters sing 'We Shall Overcome' at a candlelight vigil on Legislative Plaza during an Occupy Nashville Rally in 2011. / John Partipilo / File / The Tennessean

A federal judge has ruled that the state unlawfully arrested members of Occupy Nashville during the group’s protest encampment on War Memorial Plaza. In October 2011, the Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested 55 people on charges of misdemeanor criminal trespassing. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee filed suit in 2011 on behalf of the members of Occupy Nashville. Judge Aleta Trauger ruled that those arrests violated First Amendment rights to free speech. The ruling means state officials must pay all monetary awards and attorneys’ fees. 

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Spraying For Mosquitoes
3:59 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Mosquito Spraying For West Nile Virus Begins Today


A wet spring means lots of standing water, which makes a prime breeding  ground for mosquitoes. And a routine weekly test confirmed West Nile Virus in South Knoxville mosquitoes this week. It's the first positive report of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes for Knox County. 

“To date, Knox County has had no confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in humans,” said Knox County Health Department Environmental Health Director Ronnie Nease. “By spraying to reduce the population of mosquitoes, we hope to reduce the potential of mosquito-to-human transmission,” he says.

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