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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Healthcare
6:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Report: No Medicaid Expansion Could Hand Tennessee Employers Big Price Tag

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Tennessee's failure to expand its Medicaid program could cost employers tens of millions of dollars in taxes, according to a study from tax preparation firm Jackson Hewitt.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Knox Board Of Education To Hear Teacher Concerns Tonight

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Since October, Knox County educators have been voicing frustrations about evaluations, curriculum requirements and work conditions, voices that grew louder as fall turned winter. In December, school officials announced the creation of an ad-hoc group composed of teachers and administrators to hear those concerns and report back to the board. That report is expected tonight.

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University of Tennessee
6:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Open Government Advocates Concerned About UT Athletic Board's Closed-Door Meetings

Credit Matt Shafer Powell

A board that makes recommendations about the direction of the University of Tennessee's athletic department reversed a longstanding policy last year, leading to closed-door meetings, little written documentation and questions from the press and transparency advocates.

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Education
6:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

School Voucher Proposal Gets Second Chance

Governor Bill Haslam will try again to shepherd his proposal for a limited school voucher program through the Tennessee General Assembly this year.

The larger points of the proposal Haslam presented on Thursday are virtually identical to the bill he backed in 2013. A limited voucher program would give money to low-income students who attend failing public schools. The money would be applied to getting those students into other schools, typically private schools.

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History
5:50 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

2013 Bad Year For Historic Preservation, Says Knoxville's "Secret" Historian

“Was it just bad luck, that year of ’13? It was the worst year for historic preservation in my reporting career, and it somehow packed a few fresh disappointments about long-anticipated new projects.”

The words of MetroPulse "Secret History" columnist Jack Neely. For someone as dedicated to Knoxville’s history as Jack, 2013 was not a good year. Historic buildings were demolished to make way for parking lots, apartments, or in some cases, nothing but plans on a drawing board.

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Politics
6:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Haslam Backs Limits On Pseudoephedrine

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Today, Governor Bill Haslam announced his support for legislation that is intended to make it harder to create methamphetamine.

The proposal calls for reducing the amount of pseudoephedrine a customer can purchase without a prescription. The chemical is found in many over-the-counter cold medications. But it's also a chief ingredient of homemade meth.

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Law
6:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Federal Judge Dismisses Racketeering Claim Against Pilot

A federal district judge in Alabama threw out several claims contained in a lawsuit against Pilot Flying J, including racketeering. 

U.S. District Judge William Steele ruled the federal affidavit cited by Mobile, Ala.,-based Wright Transportation was not sufficient proof of the racketeering claim. He dismissed the claim, along with those alleging deceptive trade practices, misrepresentation and suppression.

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

State House GOP Leaders Support DesJarlais Opponent in Primary Bid

Tennessee 4th District Congressman Scott DesJarlais.

State House Speaker Beth Harwell and three other House leaders threw their support behind state Senator Jim Tracy in his bid to clench the GOP nomination over incumbent Fourth District Congressman Scott DesJarlais.

Harwell, House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, Republican Caucus leader Glen Casada and House Speaker Pro Tempore Curtis Johnson on Thursday announced their support for Tracy, a Republican who's served as a state senator for nearly a decade.

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Government and Law
6:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Anderson County Commissioner Pushing For Referendum On Jail Question

Anderson County Jail in Clinton.
Credit Anderson County Sheriff's Department

 A proposal that will be presented to the Anderson County Commission's legislative panel tonight would set up a referendum over the question of housing federal and state inmates in the county's jail.

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Dialogue
3:12 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Dialogue: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

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2013 was a year in which fissures developed in the GOP supermajority in Nashville. Tennessee's economy improved, albeit slowly. As 2014 dawns, we look toward midterm elections. Governor Bill Haslam will be running for his second term, as Senators and Congressmen try to defend their seats against challengers.

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