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.


6:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Haslam, Huffman Propose Teacher Pay Raise Plan

Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

Salaries for Tennessee's public educators rank in the bottom ten of the fifty states. Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said they have a plan that might change that.

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9:22 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Shutdown in the Smokies

Don and Rebecca Whittington of Montgomery, Alabama, along with granddaughter Abigail, have a "rebellious picnic" at the Townsend entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Tuesday, October 1.
Credit Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

At midnight Tuesday, funding for the National Park Service ran out. By 10:00 a.m., rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park were erecting barricades and telling campers and hikers to go home. More than 300 park service employees were sent home shortly thereafter. Tuesday afternoon, WUOT’s Christine Jessel and Brandon Hollingsworth went to the park to hear from the people the federal shutdown is affecting right in our own backyard.

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Pilot Fraud Investigation
5:27 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Haslam Updates Pilot Reforms In Wake of Rebate Scandal

Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam, in an April file photo.
Credit Christine Jessel, WUOT News

The trucking companies who say Pilot Flying J cheated them out of rebate money have been paid back. The rebate system under which the fraud took place is being dismantled. And the sales staff whose actions caught the attention of federal investigators is being rebuilt. Those are a few of things pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam said have changed in the five-and-a-half months since FBI and IRS investigators raided company headquarters.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

The Method: Matters of Heaven and Earth

Images from the Spitzer Space Telescope show the asteroid 3552 Don Quixote is actually a comet.

On this edition of The Method, we meet Josh Emery, a planetary scientist who just found out that not all is as it seems in the heavens above. And then, it's back down to Earth with environmental writer Bill McKibben, who argues that we either need to save the planet or start thinking about calling it something else.

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6:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Right to Work Group Alleges UAW Misled Chattanooga VW Workers

Volkswagen employees gather outside the Chattanooga plant in 2010.
Credit Volkswagen Group of America

A right-to-work group is filing charges with the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of eight workers at the Hamilton County Volkswagen plant who say they were misled by the United Auto Workers union.

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Law Enforcement
2:52 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

List of Meth Convictions Lags Behind Goals


  A 2011 state law requires the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to compile and maintain a list of people who have been convicted of methamphetamine use. But a report in the Nashville Tennessean found that list is out of date, potentially reducing its effectiveness.

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6:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Manufacturing Leads Knoxville Area Export Growth

Credit Courtesy kenteegardin, Flickr via Creative Commons

Goods and services exported from Knoxville to markets throughout the nation and the world totaled more than $4 billion in 2012, and accounted for nearly 13 percent of East Tennessee's total exports.

Nonprofit think tank The Brookings Institution looked at economic data for 100 metro areas around the U.S. Its report, Export Nation 2013, ranked the Knoxville metro area 73rd among the group of 100, but the more significant findings showed big growth in the area's exports.

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9:12 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Governor Responds to Open Letter From Local Superintendents

Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said he was disappointed that 60 local-level school superintendents across Tennessee have signed on to a letter asking Haslam to ease off on education reforms being implemented by state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. His response to that letter was both conciliatory to the school administrators and firm in favor of classroom reforms.

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September Dialogue 2013
4:02 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Dialogue: Tennessee's Geologic Story

A geologic map of Tennessee.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

Vast oceans, meteor craters, earthquakes and titanic continental collisions. The story of Tennessee is written in the rocks beneath our feet. Flip through the pages, and you're flipping through millions of years of time.

This week on Dialogue, host Brandon Hollingsworth and geologists Robert Hatcher and Harry Moore tell Tennessee's geologic story, start to finish.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

The Method: Migrating Trees, Radiochemistry and Preventing Blackouts

A TVA helicopter used to monitor power transmission lines from the air.
Credit Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

This go 'round on The Method,  a scientist at Oak Ridge National Lab is working to predict how climate change will affect Tennessee's forests and possibly the 39,000 jobs they provide. Then, Chrissy Keuper interviews the new head of the University of Tennessee's radiochemistry lab. And ten years after the nation's biggest blackout, we look at how TVA is trying to prevent the next major power failure.

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