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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Law and Government
5:56 am
Mon June 9, 2014

State Attorney Steve Bebb Retires

10th Judicial District Attorney Steve Bebb.
Credit Chattanooga Times Free Press

The state prosecutor whose jurisdiction covers McMinn, Monroe, Bradley and Polk counties is stepping down at the end of this month. 10th Judicial District Attorney Steve Bebb is retiring two months before the official end of his term, and two years after a series of press reports raised questions about his conduct in office.

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Nuclear Security
5:50 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

NNSA Chief Working To Avoid Repeat Of 2012 Y-12 Break-In

NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz is pictured at his swearing-in ceremony, April 17, 2014.
Credit National Nuclear Security Administration

In April, General Frank Klotz became the fourth person to head the National Nuclear Security Administration. NNSA oversees the security of nuclear materials at the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge and at other sites across the United States.

This week, he made his first official visit to Y-12. As the second anniversary of a high-profile security breach approaches, Klotz spoke with WUOT All Things Considered anchor Brandon Hollingsworth about what changes have been made since the break-in, Y-12’s role in the future of nuclear weapons production and more.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Knox Charter School Application Approved

Opponents of a proposed charter school listen to State Rep. Gloria Johnson speak at a rally on Market Square, June 4, 2014.
Credit Gerald Witt/Knoxville News Sentinel

By the fall of 2015, Knox County's first charter school could open its doors to students. That's the Emerald Youth Foundation's plan, after receiving approval from the Knox County Board of Education to move ahead with the school.

School board members voted 7-1 Wednesday night to approve Emerald's charter application. Superintendent Jim McIntyre recommended the board sign off on the proposal last week. Emerald's application was just the second to receive the school system's blessing. The first failed to raise enough money to open.

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Law and Government
6:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

State To Announce New Prescription Drug Policies

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

Later today, state officials will announce a seven-point plan designed to address Tennessee's longstanding prescription drug abuse problem.

Treatment is reportedly a key part of the plan, but officials with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse declined to provide further details Monday.

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Science and Society
5:50 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

The Method: Change In The Air

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In this month's edition of The Method, Matt Shafer Powell looks at how the Tennessee Valley Authority's effort to adjust to new realities of the energy market is also helping clean up East Tennessee's air.

Then, Chrissy Keuper marks the silver anniversary of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance.

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Transportation
6:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Federal Report: McGhee-Tyson Airfares Fell in 2013

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Average airfares at Knoxville's McGhee-Tyson Airport fell more than 14 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to a report compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The report found the average price for a domestic round-trip flight from Knoxville fell nearly $70 from the fourth quarter of 2012 to the fourth quarter of 2013. The average ticket cost about $402 last year, representing a 28 percent drop from 2000.

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Law and Government
6:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Haslam Hits Hot-Button Issues in Conference Talk

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Objecting to the death penalty is a valid view, according to Gov. Bill Haslam. But Haslam says he was bound by political will and public opinion to sign a bill that reinstates the electric chair as a backup execution method in the state.

Haslam delivered that response to a young woman who asked about the electric chair bill Tuesday at a conference organized by the American Legion Auxiliary. Volunteer Girls State is an annual event that gathers young women from around the state to learn about government and politics.

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Education
6:30 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Dissecting Tennessee's Basic Education Program

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Knox County leaders are trying to figure out how to close a $2.96-milion gap in the county school system's proposed FY 2015 budget. That gap was opened last week, when an updated state estimate drastically scaled back state funding under the Basic Education Program, or BEP. The BEP is at the center of this budget scramble, but it’s a complex thing to understand. To help out, Dr. Bill Fox, director of the Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research, talked with WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth on Tuesday, May 20.

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Business
6:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Pilot President And Another Executive Gone From Company

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

More than a year after a federal investigation into fraud at Pilot Flying J was made public, the company's president abruptly left, as did a second executive.

Company president Mark Hazelwood "is no longer with Pilot Flying J," according to a brief e-mail written by Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam on Monday. Haslam's message did not specify why Hazelwood was gone, nor whether he left on his own or was fired.

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Elections 2014
6:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Summer Judicial Races Could Run Big Tab

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The last time Tennessee held judicial retention elections in 2006, not a single dollar was spent on campaigning. This year, the story could be very different.

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