Chrissy Keuper

Morning Edition Host/Producer

Chrissy was born in Johnson City, Tenn. She attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville as a history major, and finished a bachelor's degree in anthropology at the University of Tennessee. Chrissy has a varied resume: she has taught ballet and jazz, and has worked as a woodworker, a barista, a pastry chef, a customer service rep, a waitress and an art model...but she says her job at WUOT has been her favorite. She came to WUOT as a student announcer and became a member of WUOT’s News Department and the local host of Morning Edition in 2004.

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Law Enforcement
9:48 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Four Tennessee Agencies Suspended From Military Surplus Program

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State officials said four agencies have been suspended from a program that provides surplus military rifles to law enforcement because of an inability to keep track of guns. 

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Interview
3:00 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Dialogue: The "School-To-Prison Pipeline"

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Minors end up in court because of "status offenses" (in Tennessee, "unruly offenses"):  truancy, violating curfews, running away, all non-criminal actions… and these minors most often appear before a judge without any right to counsel. 

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper speaks with Dean Rivkin, University of Tennessee Distinguished Professor of Law, and Brenda McGee, children’s rights attorney… 

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Health Insurance
3:30 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

TennCare Officials Draw Criticism From State Lawmakers

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Yesterday, Tennessee lawmakers questioned TennCare officials over delays and failures in the agency… and this Friday, they’ll be before a federal judge.

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Tennessee Transportation
3:30 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

TDOT Gets $27 Million In Grants

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More than $27 million in federal grants will help quell congestion on the state’s roads and improve Tennessee’s air quality.

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Crime and the Justice System
3:30 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Tennessee-Based Corrections Company Pays More Than $8 Million In Back Wages And Benefits

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The Tennessee-based Corrections Corporation of America is paying back wages and benefits 362 current and former employees of the California City Correctional Center.

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Energy & Environment
3:30 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Knoxville In Quarterfinals For Energy Prize

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Knoxville has advanced to the quarterfinals in a competition for an energy prize.

Knoxville is one of several cities competing for the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP), a $5 million award used to help reduce energy use.

Knoxville city officials want public input for the next phase of the competition:  City leaders will create a plan to reduce energy consumption in residential and city buildings.

Chattanooga is also in the competition. 

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Health Insurance
3:30 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Funding For CoverKids Could Be Running Out

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Health insurance for 68,000 Tennessee children could run out next September unless Congress renews the funding.

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Economics
3:30 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Tennessee Consumer Spending Outperforms National Average

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A new federal report finds consumer spending in Tennessee has outperformed the national average since the Recession ended five years ago.

The US Bureau of Economic Analysis finds Tennessee per capita spending grew from 2009 to 2012 by more than $3,400, or 12.2 percent. Tennessee per capita spending average was $31,417.

In 2012, the typical Tennessean spent more on health care ($5,414) than on housing and utilities ($5,407).

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Crime and the Justice System
3:30 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Anderson County Detention Facility Doesn't Meet State Standards

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The Tennessee Corrections Institute finds that the Anderson County Detention Facility doesn’t meet state standards.

The Institute held its annual inspection of the Anderson County facility and found some problems. But Captain Larry Davidson told the Knoxville News Sentinel that the report is favorable, for the most part.

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Elections 2014
3:30 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Early-Voting Totals Set Record For State

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State elections officials report record-setting totals statewide for the early voting just ended.

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