Brandon Hollingsworth

All Things Considered Host/Producer

Brandon is WUOT’s All Things Considered host. 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 anchored Morning Edition on 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. Regionally, 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, Ala., a fact of which he is intensely proud.

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Education
5:53 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Knox School Board Solicits Public Opinion On Five-Year Plan

Credit Jeremy Wilburn, via Flickr

Knox County school board members are seeking public opinion on the system's proposed five-year strategic plan.

Tonight at West Valley Middle School, board member Karen Carson will sit down with members of the public to hear thoughts and concerns on the plan, called Knox Schools 2020. For those who can't make it to that listening session, the board is also accepting comments on the Knox Schools 2020 website.

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Immigration
5:49 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Haslam Expresses Concerns Over Undocumented Children In Tennessee

Credit Matt Moon, WUOT News

The debate that has erupted over the estimated 30,000 undocumented minors that have streamed into the United States from Central America now includes Tennessee.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced 760 of those children had been sent to stay with sponsor families in Tennessee. By the end of the day, Governor Bill Haslam had fired off a letter to the White House expressing his displeasure with the news.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

The Method: Exploring Prehistoric Life and Making Fuel From Plants

Students at the McClung Museum's fossil camp identify sample animal tracks.
Credit Heather Fritts, McClung Museum

This month on The Method, Brandon Hollingsworth meets a group of kids studying rocks, fossils and geologic time at the McClung Museum. What's it like to be dinosaur? We'll find out from the children themselves.

Then, Chrissy Keuper speaks with Jerry Tuskan, an ORNL scientist studying ways to extract fuel from eucalyptus plants. He'll tell us how the process might work.

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Elections
6:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Costs In Judicial Retention Races Adding Up

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In May, when Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey announced an effort to unseat three Tennessee Supreme Court justices in this year's retention elections, some observers predicted a costly fight. Recent FCC election-season disclosures appear to bear that prediction out.

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Crime
6:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Two Newport Officers, City Alderwoman Indicted In Stolen Goods Operation

Newport Police Capt. James Holt
Credit City of Newport

Two Newport police captains, a city alderwoman and a fourth person have been indicted on misconduct charges based on a long-running state investigation.

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Earth Science
6:42 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

U.S. Geological Survey Raises East Tennessee's Earthquake Risk

The U.S. Geological Survey's updated earthquake hazard map shows higher risks in East Tennessee than previously thought.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

When the United States Geological Survey released updated earthquake hazard maps last week, media outlets here in East Tennessee quickly reported that the risk of a major shaker here in Appalachia went up. That got the attention of WUOT All Things Considered host (and nervous homeowner) Brandon Hollingsworth.

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Child Welfare
6:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Annual Kids Count Report: Tennessee Child Welfare Improves

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An annual assessment of child well-being in the United States finds Tennessee has made some strides forward in the last decade, but not in every measure.

Tennessee's children are faring better in education and health care, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count report, issued this morning. The report compared child welfare in Tennessee according to sixteen standards measured in 2005 and again in 2012 and 2013. The state improved in ten of those 16 categories, worsened in five categories, and remained unchanged in one.

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Elections
6:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Early Voting For August Election Begins Today

It's that time again. Primaries for many local offices were held in May, and the general election for many state and federal offices comes in November. In between is the August 7 primary, in which the Democratic and Republican parties will hold primaries for their state and federal candidates. Early voting for that primary begins today.

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Economics
5:50 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

UT's Joe Carcello Plans To Work For Investors On SEC Panel

University of Tennessee professor Joe Carcello.
Credit University of Tennessee College of Business

Chances are pretty good that you are an investor. Even if you don’t own any stocks yourself, your employer probably does. Your retirement fund probably does. Even if you never glance at the Dow Jones average, you are an investor. And it’s you that Joe Carcello thinks about when he helps make recommendations designed to make sure your portfolio, stocks or mutual funds get a fair shake on Wall Street.

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Pilot Investigation
6:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Pilot Reaches Settlement With Federal Prosecutors

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

The nation's largest truck stop chain will pay the federal government $92 million over two years and cooperate in a criminal investigation, according to the terms of a settlement reached between Pilot and federal prosecutors on Monday.

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