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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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

The Method: Tracking Disease Using Social Media And Exploring The Teenage Body Clock

Credit Ed Yourdon

In this edition of The Method:

You might use social media to tell your friends what you had for lunch, or share photos of your dog. But scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using social media and other datasets to track infectious and chronic diseases. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with Laura Pullum, a senior researcher working on this effort.

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Education
6:36 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Higher Education Leaders Address Issues Facing Tennessee's Colleges and Universities

University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro (left) and Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan (right).

Higher education is a busy place. Just ask University of Tennessee system president Joe DiPietro or Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan. Together, the two oversee the state’s colleges and universities.

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Mental Health
6:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Probe Into Suicides At Dandridge Juvenile Detention Center Yields Recommendations For Improvement

The cover page of a Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth report on the suicides of two young men at a Dandridge detention facility.

Brandon Greene was acting out of sorts on July 13. The sixteen-year-old resident of the Mountain View Youth Development Center in Jefferson County reportedly gave away his belongings and seemed to observers to be "at peace or resolved." Hours later, he was discovered in his room, hanging by a T-shirt he'd fashioned into a crude loop.

Two weeks later, eighteen-year-old Frank Cass was found dead by the same method.

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Politics
6:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Fugate Appointed To Knox Board Of Education

John Fugate (standing, center), pictured during a Knox County Schools "Principal For a Day" event in 2013.
Credit Knox County Schools

Fountain City banker John Fugate became the newest member of the Knox County school board on Monday, raising criticism and questions from two commissioners.

Fugate was selected to fill the remainder of former board member Indya Kincannon's term. Kincannon is moving overseas with her family. A 7-4 vote of the Knox County Commission elevated Fugate over another finalist, Rick Staples.

Almost immediately after the vote, Commissioner Amy Broyles expressed concerns that the vote was politically motivated.

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Literacy and Culture
6:00 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

"Reading Appalachia" Celebrates Region's Literary Culture

Credit Knox County Public Library

When she was a student at East Tennessee State University nearly ten years ago, a chance discovery got Jamie Osborn a little hot under the collar. She came across the rich legacy of literature created by writers from Appalachia. As a child of Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee, Osborn wondered why her teachers never assigned books written by local authors, books she felt gave a unique voice to the people, culture and history of Appalachia.

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Health and Welfare
6:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Report Finds Services For Tennessee Senior Citizens Lacking

Credit Flickr/Creative Commons

Governmental services designed to help Tennessee's senior citizens are fragmented and are in need of thorough evaluation. That's one finding of a task force convened by Governor Bill Haslam to examine issues facing the state's aging population.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Three Knox Schools Land On "Priority" List

Lonsdale Elementary School is one of three Knox County schools added to the state's priority school list.
Credit childcarecenter.us

Three Knox County schools were added to a list of low-performing schools this week, and the county's superintendent of education said improvements are already underway.

Lonsdale Elementary, Green Magnet Academy and Vine Middle Magnet school were added to the roster of "priority" schools in Tennessee. Schools on the priority list are among the lowest-performing schools in the state as measured by student test scores. They have a year to craft an improvement plan, or risk state intervention.

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Politics
6:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Incumbent Monroe Sheriff Files Suit To Stop Opponent From Taking Office

Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens (left) and challenger Randy White (right).
Credit Monroe County Sheriff's Office (l), Advocate and Democrat (r)

Early next month, Monroe County is supposed to say goodbye to its current sheriff and welcome a new one. But Sheriff Bill Bivins doesn't think that should happen.

Bivins, a Democrat, has filed a lawsuit against the Monroe County Election Commission and his Republican opponent, Randy White. Bivins says White is not legally qualified to hold office and wants the election either declared in his favor, or voided entirely.

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Cybersecurity
6:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Personal Patient Data Stolen From Community Health Systems

Credit Tennova Healthcare

Personal data from more than four million Community Health Systems patients was stolen in a security breach earlier this year, the hospital management company disclosed on Monday.

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History
2:07 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Vintage Baseball Brings The Sport's Past To The Present

Ryan "Muggins" Riordan, of the Knoxville Holstons Vintage Base Ball Club.
Credit Dan MacDonald

It’s a little after three o’clock on a breezy Sunday afternoon, and on a rolling green field at Ramsey House in Knox County, baseball practice is underway.

At first glance, this match may be the strangest baseball game you’ve ever seen. The uniforms include suspenders. There’s no pitcher’s mound. There are no baselines, no concession stands. If you listen closely, you can even hear a different kind of language being spoken: an umpire is an "arbiter" here. The batter is a "striker." Your team's star hitter is a "muckle."

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