Brandon Hollingsworth

News Director

Brandon is WUOT’s news director. In that role, he oversees the station's daily news operations. He also hosts Dialogue and produces the biweekly series HealthConnections. For seven years, Brandon was WUOT's All Things Considered anchor. From 2008 to 2010, he hosted Morning Edition on Alabama Public Radio. For two years before that he served as an APR bureau correspondent and Morning Edition anchor at WLJS-FM in Jacksonville, Ala.

Brandon's work has been heard nationally on the flagship NPR newsmagazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as the network's newscast service. He has contributed to NPR's midday newsmagazine, Here and Now, and his work has aired on West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Inside Appalachia.

Brandon is a 2008 graduate of Jacksonville State University, and holds a B.A. in communications. He is a native of St. Clair County, Alabama.

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Knox County

On Saturday, December 16, five brand-new Knoxville City Council members will be sworn in. That means five current members, all term-limited, are on their way out. Before they go, we wanted to hear about their experiences, and get advice for their successors. Interviews were recorded by WUOT's Brandon Hollingsworth and Victor Agreda.

District One: Nick Pavlis

District Two: Duane Grieve

District Three: Brenda Palmer

"Maternal mortality" is a clinical-sounding term that may mask what it describes: Women who die from pregnancy complications, during or shortly after birth, or from health conditions exacerbated by pregnancy.

It's expressed as a rate, a number per-100,000 births. The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, and it's rising. From 2000 to 2015, U.S. rates rose from 17.1 per 100,000 births, to 25.1 - a 47 percent increase. The reasons are complex, from lack of access to medical care, to demographics, to cultural barriers.

Federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program ended on September 30. Community Health Centers face the same problem. Little progress has been made on a bipartisan approach for stabilizing the health insurance marketplaces, and now Congress debates a tax plan that has significant implications for health coverage.

Twenty years after a flu pandemic wiped out most humans and the technology they relied on, a troupe of actors and musicians travels the Midwest, presenting the works of Shakespeare. One character searches for meaning in old comic books. Another turns a dormant airport into an ersatz museum, replete with dead smartphones and computers. And another leads a mysterious religious cult that may threaten the acting troupe and its work.

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University of Tennessee Athletic Director John Currie says an "exhaustive search" will be launched to find the school's next head football coach.

Former coach Butch Jones was fired Sunday morning, after a 50-17 loss to Missouri on Veterans Day and a lackluster 2017 season. In five seasons with the Vols, Jones had a winning record and three bowl victories, but a 14-24 record within the SEC. Defensive line coach Brady Hoke has been named to lead the team through the final two games of the regular season.

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