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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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

The Method: Evolution Battles and Saving Species

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In this edition of The Method: Tennessee legislators are considering changing the ten-member panel that evaluates school textbooks. Brandon Hollingsworth asks University of Tennessee professor of journalism Ed Caudill about the risks of political pressure seeping into science education. Then, Chrissy Keuper reports on a fascinating program at the Knoxville Zoo that seeks to ensure the protection and survival of animal species.

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Politics
6:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Obama's Nashville Visit Comes As Approval Rating Shrinks

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Later today, Air Force One will touch down in Tennessee's capital city. There, President Barack Obama will deliver a speech not unlike ones he has delivered in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as the nation's chief executive continues a mini-tour to sell ideas he proffered in the State of the Union address.

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Child Welfare
6:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

State Audit Still Finds Big Problems at DCS

Tennessee Department of Children's Services Commissioner Jim Henry.
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Nearly a year after its director resigned under political and media scrutiny, a state audit asserted the Tennessee Department of Children's Services still struggles with some major issues.

The report, released by the state comptroller's office Monday, said DCS conducted subpar child abuse investigations and failed to keep proper tabs on juvenile delinquents. The report also indicates the agency's failure to report child deaths to the General Assembly violates state law.

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Knoxville's Rogero To Visit Turkey

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Knoxville's first female mayor will soon travel to Turkey to help encourage more women to get involved in politics there.

Mayor Madeline Rogero's week-long itinerary will include meetings with Turkish municipal officials in cities that include the capital, Ankara. Nongovernmental organizations and other groups are encouraging women to become more politically active in Turkey, a country that ranked poorly on that measure in a 2010 World Economic Forum survey. Women make up a very small percentage of elected officials there.

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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

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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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