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
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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Transportation
6:00 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Knoxville's Henley Street Bridge to Open by Thanksgiving

Workers pour the final load of concrete onto the Henley Street Bridge, August 22, 2013.
Credit Tennessee Department of Transportation

Two-and-a-half years of detours and headaches for South Knoxville residents, business owners and commuters will come to an end before the year is out. The Tennessee Department of Transportation says it plans to re-open the historic Henley Street Bridge by Thanksgiving, restoring a critical direct link between Knoxville and its southern neighborhoods in time for the holiday travel season.

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Immigration
6:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Federal Immigration Decision Produces Varying Reactions in Knox County

Knox County's sheriff is livid. Immigrants' rights advocates are pleased. Two very different reactions generated by one decision.

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Politics
6:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Carr's Senate Bid No Easy Path

State Representative Joe Carr.
Credit Joe Carr for Senate

On Tuesday, Tennessee state Representative Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) announced he would abandon his bid for the 4th Congressional District seat and instead pursue a bigger target: incumbent U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Think Tank to Tennessee Education Officals: Rethink Funding Priorities

Credit Beacon Center

A report from a Nashville-based libertarian organization scrutinized education spending in Tennessee, and its authors said the state needs to shift education funding priorities.

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Government
6:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Knox County Audit Committee Meeting Turns Heated

Knox County Auditor Richard Walls.
Credit J. Miles Cary, Knoxville News Sentinel

An effort to remove Knox County's internal auditor took a dramatic turn Tuesday, when an audit committee member resigned and a county commissioner lambasted the committee's leader.

In July, the county audit committee recommended removing auditor Richard Walls. At the time, committee head Joe Carcello said he had concerns about the quality and quantity of Walls' work. Specifically, Carcello indicated Walls spent too much time auditing unimportant matters and failed to reconcile his findings before issuing a report.

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Pilot Fraud Investigation
12:59 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Plaintiff Wants Top Pilot Execs to Deliver Depositions in Lawsuit

Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam talks to reporters on Friday, April 19, 2013.
Credit Christine Jessel, WUOT News

Three high-level Pilot executives and a company spokesman with ties to the Haslam family may give legal depositions in a lawsuit connected with the company’s alleged rebate fraud.

A Georgia-based trucking company called Cedar Creek wants to record depositions from Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam, president Mark Hazelwood, sales executive John Freeman and spokesman Tom Ingram. The depositions would collect out-of-court testimony in the lawsuit that alleges Pilot kept money that was promised to Cedar Creek through a rebate program. The depositions are scheduled for mid-October.

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Disasters
5:25 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Middle Tennessee Begins Recovery From Flash Floods

Ruined furniture sits piled outside of a Davidson County home in the wake of this week's flooding.
Credit Shelley Mays, Nashville Tennessean

Property damage estimates in the Nashville area are being tallied, and a Red Cross shelter remains open after flash flooding hit the area Thursday. Charles Shannon, with the city's Office of Emergency Management, said it’s hard to compare this week’s flooding to the historic floods of 2010. That event affected different parts of the city over a longer period of time. 

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