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


Americans have debated for nearly three centuries the relationship between church and state. The question has never been settled in a way that satisfies every political and religious faction. This doesn't surprise University of Southern California professor Diane Winston.

From her position analyzing media and religion, she sees common threads that date to the beginning of the country.

In 2015 and 2016, for the first time in half a century, Americans' life expectancy regressed. This bucked a long-term trend marked by lengthening lifespans, and puts the U.S. somewhat at odds with other developed nations. Not only did U.S. life expectancy shorten (to 78.6 years), it lagged behind the average for similar countries (nearly 82 years).

Mary Beth West's experience came in the early 1990s, when she worked in advertising. During a business trip to Denver, a new client made it clear he wasn't thinking about the upcoming speaking tour they were supposed to work on. Going around his assistant, the client booked a single hotel room for himself and West. Even after she confronted him, the client continued to proposition her for the remainder of her visit.

"I was about 22 years old, and just not in any way prepared for how to deal with that type of situation," West says.

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Many of President Trump's critics on the left and right have chastised his nonchalance about presidential "norms" - the unwritten standards of conduct or etiquette generally observed in the presidency. The president's supporters point out that Trump ran on an outsider platform designed to flout those norms, not embrace them.

At the beginning of Trump's second year in the White House, we ask: What are the norms? Does it really matter if the president follows them? And we look ahead to the midterms, to see if old political rules still work in a new and unfamiliar era.

2017 ended without resolution for several major questions about health and healthcare in the United States: Would CHIP funding be re-authorized? What will be the fate of community health centers? Why are some worried about major cuts to Medicare and Medicaid?

To pinpoint where the discussion stands, we turn again to Dr. Carole Myers, of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing. She will frame those questions, and explore the uncertainty over health legislation and medical programs as 2018 begins.