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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Education
1:30 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Tennessee Education Officials Back Federal Special-Education Overhaul

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American special-needs students are performing much lower academically than their peers. Tennessee education officials are throwing their weight behind a new federal overhaul for special education programs.

US Education Secretary Arne Duncan unveiled the overhaul yesterday. The plan would keep goals like meeting timelines for evaluations, due-process hearings, and transitioning children into preschool.

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Education
3:30 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Increasing Number Of Tennessee Teachers Disciplined

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The number of public school teachers facing disciplinary action is rising in Tennessee.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reviewed disciplinary data over the past decade. The Tennessee State Board of Education has taken action against 434 teachers in the last 10 years.

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Tennessee Economics
8:16 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Tennessee Comptroller Releases Annual Cash Shortage Report

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Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson says the theft of public funds is prevalent in the state.

The comptroller released the annual Report of Cash Shortages yesterday. The report details the money stolen during the year, as well as stolen money that remains unrecovered.

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Education
8:33 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Report On Teacher Training Puts Tennessee Among Top Three In US

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A new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality measures the quality and effectiveness of teacher training programs in the US. 

Tennessee, Ohio, and Texas have the most top-ranked teacher training programs in the country.

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Elections 2014
8:39 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Tennessee Election Officials Preparing For Third Party Candidates

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Tennessee election officials are preparing to have candidates from the Green Party and the Constitution Party on the ballot in November.

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Tennessee Weather
3:30 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Tennessee In Top Two For Tornado Death Rate In US

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An analysis of tornadoes over the past three decades finds that Tennessee is among the states most vulnerable to tornadoes.

The study from the federal Southeast Regional Climate Center at the University of North Carolina shows Florida and Tennessee have the most deaths for each mile that a tornado is on the ground. North Carolina, Ohio, and Alabama round out the top five.

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Tennessee Agriculture
4:00 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

More Tennessee Counties Added To Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine

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The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has added six counties to a quarantine of ash trees and ash tree products.

Putnam County in Middle Tennessee, and the state’s five most northeastern counties (Sullivan, Washington, Unicoi, Carter, Johnson), have all been added to a quarantine that prohibits the movement of firewood, ash nursery stock, ash timber, and other material.

Now, 27 Tennessee counties are under that quarantine.

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Dialogue
12:22 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Dialogue: Women In Business / Preview Of East Tennessee Women's Leadership Summit

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WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and guests Cynthia Gibson of Scripps Networks Interactive; PR specialist Susanne Dupes; and Laura Cole, Director of the University of Tennessee’s M

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Tennessee Veterans
3:30 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

VA Wait-Times In Tennessee Among Nation's Longest

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Data from the US Department of Veterans Affairs show veterans seeking health care in Middle Tennessee face the longest delays in the nation.

At the VA's Nashville and Murfreesboro hospitals, veterans wait an average of 65 days to see a physician. That’s in spite of the VA’s 14-day target window for seeing veterans. The national average wait time was 27.4 days.

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Health and Medicine
3:30 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Tennessee Officials Join Outcry Against New Painkiller

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Tennessee’s health officials and attorney general are worried about a powerful new pain medication approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

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