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

Sometime in 2013, a team of researchers with the University of Tennessee plans to drill a series of wells into shale deep beneath the Cumberland Plateau as a testing ground for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The controversial practice has been blamed with health problems and contaminated groundwater in other states. The UT test wells, planned for Morgan and Scott counties, will try to answer vital questions about the effects of fracking. Kevin Hoyt is the director of the University of Tennessee Forest Resources Ag Research and Education Center.

Nearly thirty years ago, Allen Coggins got a request from the director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. He was told to compile a list of disasters that have affected the state since its creation. What neither Coggins nor the director knew was that the simple request would become a 27-year odyssey through dusty newspaper archives, libraries and eyewitness reports.

A space probe called OSIRIS-Rex has the goal of unlocking some of the secrets surrounding asteroids, including those that could pose a hazard to Earth. The mission doesn't lift off until 2016, but its work is already well underway. Josh Emery is a planetary scientist at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and a member of the OSIRIS-Rex team. On November 12, 2012, he described the mission's goals to WUOT's All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth. 

The most recent assessment of Tennessee's economy shows cautious optimism for 2013 and 2014. The Center for Business and Economic Research in Knoxville issued its fall economic outlook recently, projecting moderate growth for Tennessee in the new year. Matt Murray is the assistant director of CBER. On November 1, 2012 he joined WUOT's All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth to talk about the report's findings, and to give us a preview of next week's state budget hearings.

All four of East Tennessee's congressmen are up for re-election on November 6, 2012 and so is one of the state's two senators. Though the biggest campaign contributions this year are going to swing states, money is an essential part of every political race. WUOT's All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth looks at who's paying for the region's Congressional races, and what it means.

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