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
6:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Gov. Haslam Likely to Sign Charter Authorizer Into Law

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Governor Bill Haslam is expected to sign into law a bill that would allow the Tennessee Board of Education to overrule local rejections of charter school applications.

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Health and Medicine
6:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Tennessee Tobacco Settlement Money Going To Local Anti-Smoking Efforts

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Counties across Tennessee are now receiving the first wave of money from a $15 million tobacco lawsuit settlement. The money will be targeted at reducing tobacco use among children and expectant mothers, along with cutting down on secondhand smoke.

Today and Friday, pubic health officials in Anderson, Roane and Loudon counties will be the latest to receive their first share of the money that was awarded to Tennessee as part of a 2012 settlement with the nation's largest tobacco producers.

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Economics
5:50 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Economist: Tennessee Budget Crunch A Long-Term Problem

Credit Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

Last week, Governor Bill Haslam announced a package of proposed budget cuts that would trim more than $300 million in state spending in the remainder of fiscal year 2014 and all of FY 2015. The news comes amid tax revenues falling short of projected levels, and after months of good news for Tennessee’s economy. So what explains the sudden financial scramble in Nashville?

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Crime and the Justice System
5:21 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Campbell County School Shooter Free, Denied Judicial Diversion

Kenneth Bartley, pictured in his February 2014 trial.
Credit Michael Patrick, Knoxville News Sentinel

The man convicted of killing a Campbell County school administrator and wounding two others in 2005 walked out of a Jacksboro courtroom on Monday a free man. Kenneth Bartley, now more than eight years removed from the shooting that killed assistant principal Ken Bruce and wounded Gary Seale and Jim Pierce, apologized to the families of his victims at the sentencing hearing.

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Law and Government
5:30 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Haslam Appoints East TN Judge To Supreme Court

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Jeff Bivins.
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Kingsport native Jeff Bivins has been tapped to fill an upcoming vacancy on Tennessee's highest court. Governor Bill Haslam made the announcement Thursday.

Bivins is slated to succeed Justice Bill Koch, who plans to step down in July to become the next dean of the Nashville School of Law. Koch has been on the state Supreme Court since 2007, and has taught at the law school for the past 14 years.

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Energy
5:50 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

35 Years After Three Mile Island, Selling Nuclear As Nation's Energy Future

Watts bar nuclear plant, in Rhea County.
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It didn’t get a lot of attention, but last Friday, March 28, was the 35th anniversary of the nuclear emergency at the Three Mile Island plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. That incident, perhaps more so than any other, shaped the way Americans feel about nuclear energy in their communities. Today, former Dallas mayor and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk is trying to change opinions on nuclear power through his work with the advocacy group CASEnergy.

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Law and Government
6:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Friday Court Hearing Will Determine Immunity Of Court Clerk Employees

Knox County Criminal Court Clerk Joy McCroskey.
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A Knox County judge will determine this week whether the staff of Criminal Court Clerk Joy McCroskey is legally immune to liabilities stemming from mistakes made in McCroskey's office.

Last October, reports began surfacing of wrongful arrests, unlawful detentions and other problems that were eventually traced back to errors made in McCroskey's office. One of the people arrested by mistake, Jodi White, is now suing the county for civil damages.

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Government
6:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Knoxville City, County Officials Try To Keep Travel Tabs Light

The City-County Building in downtown Knoxville.
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Political out-of-town junkets are often the target of pork barrel spending critics and voters. But an analysis of records shows that, at least in Knoxville and Knox County, elected officials are conscientious about reducing taxpayer burdens for their trips.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

The Method: Science On Social Media And Going Batty With An Expert

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Did you know nearly a quarter of all mammal species on Earth are bats? WUOT's Chrissy Keuper learned this and more when she spoke with Dr. Merlin Tuttle, founder of Bat Conservation International.

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Law and Government
6:16 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Political Realities Dilute "Amelia's Law"

Amelia Keown, pictured with her sister Chloe.
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On March 21, Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill called "Amelia's Law.”  The law was named after a Blount County teenager who was killed by an impaired driver.  But WUOT's Brandon Hollingsworth reports the bill bears little resemblance to the one proposed last year by the girl's mother.

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