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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Politics
6:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Knoxville Attorney Joins Race for Alexander Senate Seat

Knoxville lawyer Terry Adams, a Democratic candidate for U.S Senate.
Credit Terry Adams

A Knoxville attorney has become the latest person to enter the race to unseat incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in next year's election.

Democrat Terry Adams has announced his bid to run for the seat. He joins a field already occupied by Democrats Larry Crim and Jacob Maurer. Republicans Brenda Lenard, Joe Carr and Danny Page have announced their intention to challenge Sen. Alexander in next spring's GOP primary.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

The Method: Spirits and Graves

On this edition of The Method, we examine how two researchers are putting technology to work to find and identify mass graves. Then, Christine Jessel goes in search of spirits -- the potable kind. The science behind moonshine is her story, so prepare to be jarred.

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Law
6:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Knox Criminal Court Clerk to Appear At Meeting On Judicial Errors

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Knox County Criminal Court Clerk Joy McCroskey says she will be at a planned meeting in which county political and law enforcement officials will try to get answers on a series of alleged mistakes in McCroskey's office. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 28.

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Law
6:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Federal Suits Ask for Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages

Dr. Sophy Jesty, left, and Dr. Valeria Tanco of Knoxville speak outside the Davidson County courthouse in Nashville on October, 21, 2013. The two are plaintiffs in a lawsuit over Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage.
Credit Shelley Mays, Nashville Tennessean

Four gay couples filed lawsuits in federal district court in Nashville on Monday, seeking to compel the state to recognize their marriages.

All four couples, including one from Knoxville, were married in states that offer same-sex marriage, then moved to Tennessee. Attorneys representing the couples say the state's constitutional ban of same-sex marriage denies their clients some basic legal protections straight couples in Tennessee already possess.

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Government
6:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Gov. Haslam Creates Temporary Judicial Nomination Panel

Credit Chattanooga Times Free Press

 Governor Bill Haslam has appointed an ad-hoc committee to nominate candidates for the state’s court system. The Tennessee General Assembly decided to let the state judicial nominating commission die at the end of June. But Tennessee voters won’t decide how to proceed until November 2014, creating uncertainty in the legal community over how the state would pick new judges to replace those who step down or die in office. Governor Haslam says his decision to create a temporary committee is necessary to keep the state’s judiciary alive.

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Transportation
6:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

34 Months In, Henley Bridge Re-Opens to Traffic

The final day of concrete pouring at the Henley Street Bridge, August 22, 2013.
Credit Tennessee Department of Transportation

 On January 3, 2011, Knoxville's Henley Street Bridge closed for an extensive renovation. On October 17, 2013 -- 1,018 days later -- the bridge has re-opened to traffic, albeit on the limited basis.

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Transportation
9:43 am
Thu October 10, 2013

TDOT: Henley Street Bridge Will Re-Open to Traffic Next Week

Workers pour the final load of concrete onto the Henley Street Bridge, August 22, 2013.
Credit Tennessee Department of Transportation

For the first time in nearly three years, drivers will again be able to cross the Tennessee River using Knoxville's Henley Street Bridge. On Wednesday, Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced one lane in each direction will re-open to traffic jus tafter midnight on Thursday, October 17.

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Health
6:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Judge's Ruling Bars State From Enforcing Healthcare Navigator Rules

Credit outsidethebeltway.com

For now, the state of Tennessee will be blocked from enforcing rules governing so-called healthcare navigators.

A restraining order issued Monday by federal judge Todd Campbell said Tennessee’s rules restricting healthcare navigators are too broad. That supports complaints made by plaintiffs who say the state’s definitions actually hurt, rather than help, navigators in assisting consumers.

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Education
6:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Haslam, Huffman Propose Teacher Pay Raise Plan

Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

Salaries for Tennessee's public educators rank in the bottom ten of the fifty states. Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said they have a plan that might change that.

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Government
9:22 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Shutdown in the Smokies

Don and Rebecca Whittington of Montgomery, Alabama, along with granddaughter Abigail, have a "rebellious picnic" at the Townsend entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Tuesday, October 1.
Credit Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

At midnight Tuesday, funding for the National Park Service ran out. By 10:00 a.m., rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park were erecting barricades and telling campers and hikers to go home. More than 300 park service employees were sent home shortly thereafter. Tuesday afternoon, WUOT’s Christine Jessel and Brandon Hollingsworth went to the park to hear from the people the federal shutdown is affecting right in our own backyard.

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