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
Fri May 30, 2014

Federal Report: McGhee-Tyson Airfares Fell in 2013

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Average airfares at Knoxville's McGhee-Tyson Airport fell more than 14 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to a report compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The report found the average price for a domestic round-trip flight from Knoxville fell nearly $70 from the fourth quarter of 2012 to the fourth quarter of 2013. The average ticket cost about $402 last year, representing a 28 percent drop from 2000.

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Law and Government
6:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Haslam Hits Hot-Button Issues in Conference Talk

Credit Matt Moon, WUOT News

Objecting to the death penalty is a valid view, according to Gov. Bill Haslam. But Haslam says he was bound by political will and public opinion to sign a bill that reinstates the electric chair as a backup execution method in the state.

Haslam delivered that response to a young woman who asked about the electric chair bill Tuesday at a conference organized by the American Legion Auxiliary. Volunteer Girls State is an annual event that gathers young women from around the state to learn about government and politics.

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Education
6:30 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Dissecting Tennessee's Basic Education Program

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Knox County leaders are trying to figure out how to close a $2.96-milion gap in the county school system's proposed FY 2015 budget. That gap was opened last week, when an updated state estimate drastically scaled back state funding under the Basic Education Program, or BEP. The BEP is at the center of this budget scramble, but it’s a complex thing to understand. To help out, Dr. Bill Fox, director of the Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research, talked with WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth on Tuesday, May 20.

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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.
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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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