Brandon Hollingsworth

News Director

Brandon is WUOT’s news director. In that role, he oversees the station's daily news operations. He also hosts Dialogue and produces the biweekly series HealthConnections. For seven years, Brandon was WUOT's All Things Considered anchor. 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 Morning Edition anchor at 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. He has contributed to NPR's midday newsmagazine, Here and Now, and 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, Alabama.

Ways to Connect

In the autumn of 1963, just months after George Wallace delivered his "segregation now" speech, and almost a year before President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, Tennessee Governor Frank Clement made a bold move. He established a state agency dedicated to fighting discrimination in housing, public services and employment. The Tennessee Human Rights Commission turns 50 this year, and its executive director Beverly Watts joined WUOT's All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth to talk about what the commission does, and what its future may hold.

An annual report from the University of Tennessee's Center for Business and Economic Research briefs the governor, lawmakers and the public on the condition of Tennessee's economy.

Art for art's sake is a nice sentiment, but even the purest of artists has to eat. So you have to make a little money. But what's the line between artistic credibility and selling out? And does it matter? Those are some of the issues raised in Red, a play by John Logan at the Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville. Mark Rothko, a giant of mid-century art, wrestles with his own sense of artistic propriety as he struggles to complete a high-profile commission.  Michael Elich plays Rothko, Matt Leisy plays his assistant Ken, and John Sipes is the director of this production.

On January 15, senior judge Walter Kurtz ordered a re-trial for George Thomas, one of three defendants in the 2007 murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. Ringleader Lemaricus Davidson and his brother, Letalvis Cobbins, will not get new trials and their convictions will likely stand.

On Monday December 10, 2012, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam made an important decision: The health insurance exchange required under the Affordable Care Act will be managed in Washington, not Tennessee. It may sound arcane, but it's a crucial choice as the nation prepares to change the way health insurance is offered, managed and sold.  Dr. Carole Myers is an associate professor in the University of Tennessee's College of Nursing.

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