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.


6:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Loudon County Commission Plans Budget Vote, Despite Open Questions

Loudon County Courthouse, in Loudon, Tennessee.
Credit Scott Basford

The Loudon County Commission is expected to vote Monday on a proposed budget for the upcoming year, despite open questions about the spending plan.

The overall county budget is pegged $70 million. The debate centers around less than a million of that. $916,000 was moved from reserve funds to shore up the $36 million school system budget. Loudon County commissioner Don Miller tells the Knoxville News Sentinel he isn’t sure the money transfer was legal. State law says such transfers can be spent on "any education purpose," according to the News Sentinel.

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5:12 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Knox School Board Considers Magnet School Proposal

Pellissippi State Community College's Strawberry Plains campus in eastern Knox County.
Credit Pellissippi State Community College

The Knox County School Board meets Monday night to discuss a proposed career and technical education magnet school in the eastern part of the county. School leaders plan to open the facility in the fall of 2014 in a special wing of Pellissippi State Community College’s campus in Strawberry Plains.

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5:44 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Sen. Campfield Asks For TBI Investigation Into Phone Poll

State Senator Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville).
Credit Tennessee General Assembly

State Senator Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) is asking the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to look into a poll that solicited voters' opinions of the lawmaker. Campfield says the poll, conducted last month, may have violated anti-harassment laws.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

The Method: Bees and Batteries

Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist Jianlin Li shows a typical lithium-ion battery. Such batteries power smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices.
Credit Christine Jessel, WUOT News

This go 'round on WUOT's The Method, Christine Jessel talks to researchers who are trying to give batteries a boost. That could mean cheaper goods and more power in your electronic devices. Then, Brandon Hollingsworth sits down with University of Tennessee entomologist John Skinner to find out what could explain the mysterious disappearance of bees in North America and Europe.

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State Government
6:00 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Ruling Clears Way For State Layoffs

Tennessee State Employees Association Executive Director Robert O'Connell

Close to 200 state employees are facing the end of their jobs after a circuit court judge ruled the Haslam administration did not violate state law in ordering layoffs. The ruling is a blow to the workers who were fighting the decision in court.

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6:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

State Officials To Hear From The Public On Alcoa Highway Plans

Alcoa Highway's northern terminus at I-40 in Knoxville.

Alcoa Highway between Knoxville and Maryville handles between 40,000 and 50,000 vehicles daily, and that number is expected to increase in coming years. The route, officially known as U.S. Highway 129, is an important artery connecting Blount and Knox counties, and accidents along the road's curves are a common occurrence.

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5:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Kenneth Wright, One Of WUOT's Founders, Dies

Kenneth Wright
Credit WUOT News

One of WUOT's founders, Kenneth Wright, died on May 14 in Canton, Georgia. On October 27, 1949, his was among the first voices ever heard on the then-experimental university FM station broadcasting from the basement of Ayres Hall. Wright served as the station's general manager during its earliest years, helping form WUOT's role in the community.

"You heard the culmination of a longstanding dream," Wright said during the inaugural broadcast. "To our listeners, a promise to offer the best radio our intelligence and hard work are capable of producing."

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Environment and Conservation
8:27 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Oak Ridge to Use State Grant to Cut Air Pollution

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

For years, people living in the valleys of East Tennessee have had to endure air quality problems, especially in the summer. Now, Oak Ridge leaders will use a $200,000 grant to help combat pollution in the area. The money will pay for LED lighting in the municipal building and the city’s civic center. Governor Bill Haslam presented the check to Oak Ridge mayor Tom Beehan and other local leaders at a ceremony Monday.

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3:56 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Report: Knoxville Charity Among Nation's Worst

Cancer Fund of America headquarters in Knoxville.
Credit Cancer Fund of America

A Knoxville-based cancer charity raises millions of dollars, but sends only a pittance to the people it claims to help.

A Tampa Bay Times/Center for Investigative Reporting investigation calls Cancer Fund of America one of the nation’s worst charities. Records show the group sends only two cents per donated dollar to cancer patients. The Times reports Cancer Fund of America founder James T. Reynolds, Sr., and his family run five charities that pay executive salaries to nearly a dozen relatives.

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5:24 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Sevierville Officials Approve Tax Hikes for Restaurants, Attractions

Sevierville city leaders have approved taxes that will make restaurants and attractions a little more expensive. The Mountain Press reports the two-percent increase is estimated to bring in about $2.3 million. Much of that money will be used to promote Sevierville in tourism ad campaigns.

Some local residents voiced opposition to the tax hikes, but Sevierville's Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 4-0 in favor of the increase. The board also approved a cut in the city’s lodging tax. It will decrease from three to two percent.