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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Transportation
6:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Update: Deadly Bus Crash Not The Fault Of Drivers Or Equipment

The accident scene on Interstate 40 in Jefferson County, October 2, 2013.
Credit Paul Efird, knoxnews.com

After months of investigation, the Tennessee Highway Patrol has concluded an October 2013 bus crash on I-40 East of Knoxville was caused by neither negligence nor driver incompetence.

Eight people were killed on October 2, when a church bus owned by the Front Street Baptist Church of Statesville, N.C. crossed the median and crashed into an SUV and a tractor-trailer.  The driver of the bus and five of his passengers died, as did the driver of the tractor-trailer and a passenger in the SUV.  Fourteen others were injured.

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History
5:50 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Fifty Years Ago, Strange Bedfellows Helped Break The Back Of Jim Crow

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act, July 2, 1964.
Credit Cecil Stoughton/White House Press Office

Half a century ago, Tennessee and other Southern states looked a little different. If you were a person of color, signs dictated the right building entrance to use, the correct water fountain, the right restroom, and more importantly, the wrong places. The places you couldn’t go. Those areas were reserved for white people only. Fifty years ago this summer – less than a lifetime ago – all that began to change.

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International Relations
5:50 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Iran Expert Sees Little Change In Tensions Between Washington and Tehran

Haleh Esfandiari knows the tense relationship between the United States and Iran from both sides. She’s an Iranian native that holds citizenship in both countries, and she established the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

In 2007, Esfandiari was jailed for more than 100 days as Iranian officials interrogated her about her work in academia. She was released only after her 93-year-old mother turned over the deed to her apartment to authorities in Tehran.

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Labor
6:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

With UAW Complaint Withdrawn, Tennessee Politicians Try For VW Expansion

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee)
Credit United States Senate

Tennessee's junior Senator and the mayor of Chattanooga appear eager to put a labor dispute behind them and resume a bid to enlarge Hamilton County's Volkswagen plant.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke issued statements within hours of Monday's announcement that the United Auto Workers union withdrew its labor complaint against state and federal officials over alleged political interference in a February union vote. UAW said Corker, along with Gov. Bill Haslam and others, inappropriately meddled to sway the Volkswagen vote against the union.

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Labor
6:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Federal Labor Board To Hear UAW Complaint On Chattanooga VW Vote

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Today, a judge with the National Labor Relations Board will convene a hearing in Chattanooga that will determine whether or not political opposition to the United Auto Workers union swayed a vote at the city's Volkswagen plant.

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Labor
6:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

U.S. House Democrats Open Inquiry Into Chattanooga VW Union Vote

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The Haslam administration's role in opposing unionization at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant is at the center of an inquiry launched by Democrats in the U.S. House.

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Pilot Investigation
5:50 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

One Year On, Still Unanswered Questions In Pilot Probe

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

A year ago this week, federal agents from the FBI and the IRS raided the Knoxville headquarters of the nation’s largest truck stop chain. It soon became known that Pilot Flying J was being investigated for a long-running rebate fraud scheme that may have cheated many of the company’s commercial clients out of millions of dollars.

To date, ten Pilot employees have pleaded guilty in connection with the rebate fraud, and the company is still working to burnish its public image. And the federal investigation continues.

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Law and Government
6:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

School Voucher Proposal Dies In House

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Proponents of a limited school voucher program will have to take another stab at the issue next year. On Tuesday, the bill was taken out of consideration in the Tennessee House, ending its chances for approval in the waning legislative session.

Time was running out to secure votes and shepherd the proposal to a House vote, Rep. Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) told colleagues on the House Finance Committee on Tuesday. He removed the bill from the committee's calendar, killing it for the year.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Gov. Haslam Likely to Sign Charter Authorizer Into Law

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Governor Bill Haslam is expected to sign into law a bill that would allow the Tennessee Board of Education to overrule local rejections of charter school applications.

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Health and Medicine
6:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Tennessee Tobacco Settlement Money Going To Local Anti-Smoking Efforts

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Counties across Tennessee are now receiving the first wave of money from a $15 million tobacco lawsuit settlement. The money will be targeted at reducing tobacco use among children and expectant mothers, along with cutting down on secondhand smoke.

Today and Friday, pubic health officials in Anderson, Roane and Loudon counties will be the latest to receive their first share of the money that was awarded to Tennessee as part of a 2012 settlement with the nation's largest tobacco producers.

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