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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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

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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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Labor
6:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Five Months After Defeat, UAW Plans Chattanooga Chapter

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The United Auto Workers union announced plans Thursday to open a local chapter aimed at attracting workers from Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant. The announcement is already generating polarized opinions reminiscent of the initial debate over union involvement at VW.

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Healthcare
6:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Haslam Plans Another Try For "Tennessee Plan" Healthcare Deal

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Governor Bill Haslam hasn't yet given up on his plan for a compromise healthcare measure, and he plans to bring it up when he meets with the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary this week in Nashville.

The National Governors Association meeting opened Thursday in the Music City. Chief executives from the fifty states are in town to exchange ideas on policy and governance. Gov. Haslam planned to sit down with HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell for a conversation on the "Tennessee Plan," a compromise measure that Haslam prefers to expanding the state's Medicaid rolls.

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Elections
6:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Chattanooga Appeals Judge's Decision On Referendum Language

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The city of Chattanooga has filed a challenge to a judge's ruling on the wording of a contentious ballot measure slated for an August vote.

The referendum will ask Chattanooga voters to decide whether the domestic partners of city employees -- gay or straight -- should be eligible for benefits, as is the case with spouses of city employees. If approved, Chattanooga would be the fourth local-level government in Tennessee to extend benefits to domestic partners.

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Healthcare
6:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

White House Report Urges Tennessee Medicaid Expansion

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 More than 230,000 Tennesseans could see better access to heath services and avoid big medical bills if the state expanded its TennCare rolls, according to a new federal report.

The analysis from the White House Council of Economic Advisors looked at data from the 26 states that have expanded Medicaid rolls, and from the 24 states that haven't. It estimated nearly 11,000 Tennesseans could face potentially steep out-of-pocket expenses for their health care, and perhaps more than 33,000 would have to borrow money to pay medical bills.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

State Board Of Education Reverses Course On Teacher Licensing

Acting on a directive from the Tennessee General Assembly, the state board of education voted Monday to break away from a controversial policy that tied student test scores to teacher licensing.

The board approved changes that would instead offer rewards to educators who consistently perform well on state-mandated job evaluations. Those who score three or above on the five-point evaluation scale across a number of years would receive professional development credits that would help them advance their careers and maintain their licenses.

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Politics
6:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Plans Set For Baker Viewing, Burial

Former U.S. Senator Howard Baker (left), pictured with former Senator Bob Dole in 2012.
Credit Bipartisan Policy Center

The public will have a chance to pay final respects to a Tennessee statesman Monday, ahead of a funeral scheduled for the following day.

Former Senator Howard Baker will lie in repose in the rotunda of the public policy center that bears his name in Knoxville. The public will be allowed to view the casket containing Baker's body from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy on Cumberland Avenue.

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