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.

Ways to Connect

The number-one cause of death for American teenagers is accidents. But the second-highest cause isn't violent crime, or drug overdoses, or severe illness. It's suicide. In this edition of HealthConnections, Dr. Carole Myers and WUOT's Brandon Hollingsworth explore the causes, warning signs and prevention of teen suicide.


Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

Friday, May 18, marks the 85th anniversary of the Tennessee Valley Authority. To mark the occasion, the utility agency is directing attention to perhaps its most recognizable visual symbol: Its network of dams and reservoirs. TVA historian Pat Ezzell joins WUOT's Brandon Hollingsworth for this conversation about the anniversary, and why dams are central to the agency's identity.

When medical researchers plot health statistics on a map, patterns begin to emerge. Those patterns can show where diseases are most common, or point to connections between geography and health. Some of those maps display some disturbing patterns in the thirteen-state Appalachian region.

On this edition of HealthConnections, Dr. Carole Myers explores the patterns of poor health in Appalachia, and what could be done to address them.

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett's eighth and final budget proposal urges a short-term fix for educational programs, pay increases for county sheriff's deputies and highway construction.

The $819 million spending plan holds the line on property tax rates, a staple of Burchett's two terms in office. It is a 2.6 percent increase over the current fiscal year.


In the autumn of 2008, federal agents raided a compound in southwestern Arkansas. They freed six girls who'd grown up on self-styled evangelist Tony Alamo's watch. A week later, Alamo was arrested on charges he carried minors across state lines for sexual purposes.