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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Education
6:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

OR School Board Relents On Bus Service Cutbacks

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The Oak Ridge school board has backed off from a plan that would have cut bus service to about 1,300 students.

The plan approved in June was designed to help close  $1.25-million budget shortfall. It would have ended school bus service for students who live within 1.5 miles of their respective school, as measured by walking distance. The move would have saved an estimated $300,000.

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Politics
5:52 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Tennessee AG Cooper Tries For Two

Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper.
Credit Tennessee Court System

In the weeks leading up to the August 7 primary, Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper kept mum about whether he would choose to pursue a second eight-year term in office. He made his decision public on Monday.

Cooper will submit his name in a bid for a second term as the state's top law enforcement official. In a statement, Cooper referenced the contentious battle over three Tennessee Supreme Court justices in last week's primaries.

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Business
5:50 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Smokies' Kirchhofer Talks Ballpark Changes

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For all the poetry and prose that have romanticized the national pastime, the fact remains that baseball is at its most basic a business. Figuring out ways to compete with digital entertainment and other pastimes for your disposable income is part of Doug Kirchhofer’s job. He’s in his 13th year as president of the Tennessee Smokies baseball team.

Kirchhofer joined WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth to talk about some new amenities the front office staff hopes will keep spectators engaged from the first pitch to the last strike.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Knox County's CTE School Hopes To Provide Link Between Students And Jobs

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Today, Knox County's approximately 17,000 high school students will return to the classroom for a new school year. As they do, 127 of them will take part in a new educational venture designed to bridge a gap between school and employment.

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Environment and Conservation
5:37 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Biologists Study Rare Tennessee Insect

Sequatchie Caddisflies photographed against a biologist's hand, for scale.
Credit Tennessee's Wild Side/TRC Media

 It's a flying insect that measure only one inch in length, and exists in only one place on Earth. Yet the Sequatchie Caddisfly looms large for biologists who are gathering data in an effort to determine whether or not the species will survive much longer.

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Dialogue
3:28 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Dialogue: Primary Matters

Credit Tennessee Court System

On Thursday, Tennessee voters will go to the polls to select candidates for local, state and federal offices. There are some high-profile races on the ballot, from Lamar Alexander’s fight to remain in the Senate, to the fate of three state Supreme Court justices, to a slate of local legislative races that will help determine the makeup of the Tennessee General Assembly.

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Law and Courts
6:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Judge Suggests Mediation In Pilot Lawsuits

A federal judge in Kentucky has suggested mediation as a possibly avenue in lawsuits against Pilot Flying J in a rebate fraud case.

Federal Judge Amul Thapar may ask federal magistrate Gregory Wehrman to act as a mediator between the nation's largest truck stop chain, and the commercial clients that are suing it to recover money lost in the fraud scheme, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported Thursday.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Tennessee Student Test Scores Show Mixed Results

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The report card on student academic performance in Tennessee is in. It shows gains in many areas, but also points out a long way to go in some fields of learning.

Tennessee's third- through eighth-graders still struggle with reading, according to the results of the 2013-2014 TCAP exams. Reading scores in those grade levels fell slightly. But those same students made progress in science, math and social studies, according to results released Wednesday by the Tennessee Department of Education.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Congressional VA Funding Plan Includes New Clinic For East Tennessee

The present VA outpatient clinic in Chattanooga.
Credit Department of Veterans Affairs

A bipartisan proposal to boost funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs includes the construction of a new outpatient care facility in Chattanooga.

The city already has a 40,000-square foot outpatient center, but the proposed deal would build a new 100,000-square foot clinic that supporters say would allow veterans in East Tennessee, northwest Georgia and northeastern Alabama a wider variety of treatments from more medical specialists, and would save them longer trips to better-equipped facilities in other cities.

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Education
5:53 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Knox School Board Solicits Public Opinion On Five-Year Plan

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Knox County school board members are seeking public opinion on the system's proposed five-year strategic plan.

Tonight at West Valley Middle School, board member Karen Carson will sit down with members of the public to hear thoughts and concerns on the plan, called Knox Schools 2020. For those who can't make it to that listening session, the board is also accepting comments on the Knox Schools 2020 website.

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