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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Community Health
6:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Two ET Social Services Agencies To Merge In 2014

Credit Helen Ross McNabb Center

Two East Tennessee community health and services agencies plan to join forces starting New Year's Day. The Helen Ross McNabb Center and the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee (SACET) will merge on January 1, according to a press release.

SACET will operate as a division within the McNabb Center. It serves victims of sexual assault in a 15-county region of East Tennessee, in addition to services that include community education, advocacy and therapy.

The ultimate goal is to bring the services provided by SACET and McNabb under one roof, strengthening both agencies.

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Urban Development
6:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

UT Announces Major Construction Proposal

A rendering from architectural firm Lord Aeck Sargent shows what the University of Tennessee hopes its new student dorms will look like when a massive construction effort is complete.
Credit University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee's flagship campus in Knoxville has plans to tear down six residence halls in the next five years, and replace them with seven new halls and a dining facility.

The current structures were built more than forty years ago, university officials said, and their successors will be roomier and more modern. Plans call for the demolition of the first building, Shelbourne Towers, as early as next spring, and for work to continue on the remainder of the buildings through 2018.

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History
5:50 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Latest Volume of Jackson Papers Chronicles Tumultuous Year

Laura Eve-Moss, Daniel Feller and Thomas Coens (l to r) are studying, cataloguing and publishing the personal papers of Andrew Jackson.
Credit University of Tennessee

University of Tennessee history professor Daniel Feller didn’t know Andrew Jackson personally, and he wasn’t born until more than a century after Jackson’s administration ended. But in the past decade, Feller and colleagues Laura Eve-Moss and Thomas Coens have gotten to know Old Hickory pretty well. They’ve pored over letters, editorials, public and private statements from and to Andrew Jackson. It’s part of an exhaustive effort to chronicle his life in the written word.

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Law
6:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Alexander Move Blocks Federal Court Nominee From Knoxville

Attorney Pamela Reeves, nominee for the U.S. District Court, East Tennessee.
Credit Reeves, Herbert and Anderson

Knoxville attorney Pamela Reeves has been waiting since May for a confirmation vote that could elevate her to a federal judgeship here in East Tennessee. And she’ll have to wait a little while longer.

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Government
6:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

As Deadline Looms, Chattanooga Pension Plan Under Review

Credit Frank Kehren, via Flickr/Creative Commons

With the clock ticking ever nearer to an end-of-2013 deadline, a special task force commissioned to study Chattanooga's city pension obligations is racing to reach a consensus.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Knox School Board Creates Panel to Hear Teacher Concerns

Teachers, students and supporters attend a meeting of the Knox County Board of Education at the City-County Building, Wednesday, December 4, 2013.
Credit Gerald Witt, Knoxville News Sentinel

Public school teachers in Knox County continue to push county school leaders to address their concerns about teacher evaluations, curriculum pressures and other issues. Twenty-six educators, along with students, parents and supporters, articulated those concerns to the Knox County Board of Education at its regular meeting Wednesday night.

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Health Insurance
6:00 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Study: TennCare Recipients Satisfied With Service

The future of TennCare is shadowed by uncertainty, but the people who depend on the state's Medicaid program say they're happy with the mdical service they get.

The University of Tennessee's Center for Business and Economic Research surveyed 5,000 TennCare recipients this summer, and 95 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with the medical care they received. TennCare is geared toward providing medical care to 1.2 million Tennesseans, mainly low-income households, the disabled and the elderly.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

The Method: Science and Public Policy

The Tennessee River near Chattanooga. Georgia wants access to this part of the river to quench its growing thirst.
Credit Charlene Simmons, via Flickr/Creative Commons

The November edition of The Method looks at some current issues facing lawmakers as they try to marry science and policy.

First up, Chrissy Keuper speaks with Bill Colglazier, Science and Technology Advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry. Then, Brandon Hollingsworth talks about the sometimes-heated debate over water use with Terry Tyler, an energy expert lending his services to the Howard Baker Center in Knoxville.

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Health
6:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Scott County's Hospital Set to Re-Open

Scott County's hospital, photographed shortly after it closed in May 2012.
Credit Saul Young, Knoxville News Sentinel

A year-and-a-half after closing its doors, Scott County's only hospital is poised to once again serve the area next week. The facility in Oneida is scheduled to re-open on Monday, December 2.

The re-opening of the hospital, now operating under the name Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott, means closer access to immediate health care for residents of one of Tennessee's poorest counties.

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Health Insurance
5:41 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Loss of CoverTN Could Affect Thousands

Credit CoverTN

At the end of this year, more than 15,000 Tennesseans will likely lose their health insurance through a state-run program.

CoverTN provides limited-benefit health coverage geared toward low-income families and small businesses. And on December 31, it's expected to go away. The program doesn't meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, so unless there's a change of heart -- and policy -- from federal officials, about 15,400 CoverTN customers will have less four weeks to find new health insurance policies if they don't want a lapse in coverage next year.

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