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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Labor & Workforce
6:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Tennessee Lacks Workplace Safety Structure For Tobacco Farms

A tobacco farm in Canada.
Credit Marco Manna/Creative Commons

Tennessee workplace safety officials don't carry out routine inspections of tobacco farms, creating an environment that labor advocates say leads to a higher risk for on-the-job injuries.

The Nashville Tennessean reviewed federal records and found that no safety inspections have been carried out at Tennessee tobacco farms since December 2006.

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Urban Development
6:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Hearing Will Update Public On Cumberland Avenue Project

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

Tonight, a public hearing will allow planners with the City of Knoxville to brief local residents and merchants on the status of an extensive project to remodel parts of Cumberland Avenue.

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Healthcare
6:00 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Judge Grants TennCare Lawsuit Class-Action Status

Tennesseans who said the state is to blame for delayed TennCare applications scored a victory in federal court on Tuesday, as a federal judge granted class-action status to their lawsuit.

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Politics
6:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Tennessee Supreme Court Gears Up To Select Attorney General

Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper.
Credit Tennessee Court System

Today, Tennessee's five Supreme Court justices will meet via conference call to plan their selection of the state's next attorney general.

Eight people have applied for the job. Newly-minted Chief Justice Sharon Lee said the public will be a part of the process, but the extent of that involvement is uncertain. She told the Knoxville News Sentinel that transparency will be a component of the selection process.

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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

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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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