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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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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Environment
6:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Report: Hotter Days, Environmental Changes In Tennessee's Future

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The spring thaw feels pretty good, but the hot, humid days of summer are fast approaching. There may be more of those sweltering days in the future, according to a recently-released climate report.

Residents in Tennessee and throughout the Southeast can expect more days when the mercury reaches 95 degrees or above, and fewer cold days, according to the report released last week and analyzed in Sunday's Knoxville News Sentinel. Weather disasters, such as flooding and severe storms, may also be exacerbated by climate change in the region, the study's authors said.

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Science
5:50 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

From Gemini to the Genome: John Noble Wilford's Career in Science Reporting

Credit Nate Sanders

If you look at the front page of the New York Times from July 21, 1969, the first thing that jumps out at you is the banner headline, “MEN WALK ON MOON.” But something that might escape all but the eagle-eyed among us is the byline, the name of the man who wrote that historic story.

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Haslam Won't Join Campaign To Defeat Tennessee Supreme Court Justices

Credit The Jackson Sun

Tennessee's top Senate Republican and others are launching a campaign to defeat three Tennessee Supreme Court justices in retention elections this summer. But Gov. Bill Haslam said he won't join that effort.

Speaking to reporters this week, Haslam said he would concentrate instead on a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the way Tennessee's judges are selected. Joining the August retention election campaign, Haslam said, would "muddy the waters" on the ballot issue in November.

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Politics
6:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Financial Disclosure Conflicts With Senate Candidate's Claims

Credit Joe Carr for Senate

Republican State Representative Joe Carr describes himself as a farmer and businessman that lives on a 95-acre farm outside Murfreesboro. But campaign finance disclosure forms present an unclear picture of those descriptions.

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Health and Medicine
6:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Tennova Memo Suggests Company Moving Toward Constructing New West Knoxville Hospital

Tennova's Physicians Regional Medical Center in north Knoxville.
Credit Tennova Healthcare

A memo from Tennova Healthcare CEO Neil Heatherly indicates the company is dusting off its plans to build a new hospital of Middlebrook Pike in west Knoxville.

"We believe a new facility would help move our entire system forward. Over the last several weeks we have been reviewing the site, design and capacity of the inherited plans," Heatherly wrote in the memo reported by WBIR television on Thursday.

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Law and Government
5:50 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett Breaks Down The 2015 Budget

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett speaks with members of the media after his budget presentation, Thursday, May 1, 2014.
Credit Tim Burchett/Twitter

Thursday morning, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett formally presented his budget proposal for fiscal year 2015, which begind July 1. Burchett describes the $730-million spending plan as conservative, because it accounts only for natural growth in tax revenues collected from property owners and businesses. It includes no tax increase.

Mayor Burchett joined WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth to explain his budget priorities, the effect of low tax revenues and the latest on proposed pay raises for Knox County school system employees.

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Politics
6:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Conservative Knox County Budget In Store For 2015

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At 9:00 a.m. Thursday, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will unveil his spending proposal for county departments in the fiscal year that begins in July.

Burchett has kept many of the details close to the vest in the days leading up to his announcement at the City-County Building in downtown Knoxville. It is expected that he will not grant a request from the Knox County school system for $4.5 million to pay for employee raises. Burchett has said that if school leaders are serious about providing the raises, the money should be found within the school system's budget allocation.

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Science and Society
2:46 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

The Method: Windows To The Past And The Future

A tapir skull found at the Gray Fossil Site in Washington County. Tapirs were abundant in the Tennessee of the Miocene geologic epoch.
Credit East Tennessee State University

This month's edition of The Method involves a little time travel. But don't worry; we'll take only eight minutes of your time.

First, Brandon's off to the Gray Fossil Site in Washington County. Miocene-epoch fossils found there have painted an incredible picture of life in East Tennessee five million years ago. Two paleontologists will tell us what makes Gray special.

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