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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Centennial Conservation Exposition
4:45 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Centennial Conservation Exposition In Knoxville

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In 1913, Knoxville held the National Conservation Exposition at Chilhowee Park for two months. It drew about a million people and it was probably the biggest event in Knoxville’s history, up until the 1982 World’s Fair.

Tomorrow, the Centennial Conservation Exposition will be celebrated at Chilhowee Park.

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Tennessee Crime Rates
7:26 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Tennessee's Violent Crime Rate Is Nation's Highest

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A new study has named Tennessee the Most Dangerous State in America.

24/7 Wall Street ranked states with the highest rates of violent crime, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Tennessee had the worst violent crime rate in the country, with 643.6 violent crimes per 100,000 people, followed by Nevada, Alaska, New Mexico and South Carolina.

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Tennessee's Auto Sector
7:18 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Tennessee Leads The South In Supplying The Automotive Industry

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A new report from the Brookings Institution on Tennessee’s automotive industry finds that the state is the South’s leader in supplying the automotive industry and has a stronger auto sector than before the recession began.

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Shutdown Salaries
8:05 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Tennessee Congressional Members Giving Up Salary During Shutdown

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Some of Tennessee’s federal legislators are giving up their salaries during the federal government's partial shutdown.

US Representatives Diane Black and Jim Cooper and US Senator Lamar Alexander have all pledged to donate their salaries to charity during the partial shutdown of the federal government.

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UT Clarence Brown Theatre
7:52 am
Thu October 3, 2013

"Our Country's Good": Interview With Director Cal MacLean

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The University of Tennessee's Clarence Brown Theatre presents “Our Country’s Good” , a drama about the 1788 settlement of the penal colony at Port Jackson, which today is Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

It's playing at UT's Ula Love Doughty Carousel Theatre.

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Food Equity / Health Equity
9:53 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Dialogue: A Discussion About Food Equity And Health Equity

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A new federal fiscal year has begun, with a few snags…

Because of a  partial government shutdown, a few states are going ahead with reductions to food stamps, though the matter of a $40 billion cut to the program is still up for debate in Congress...

Signups for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act are underway, with effects yet to be determined…

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Health Exchange Advisors
8:01 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Background Checks Required On Health Insurance Advisors

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A judge has refused to block emergency rules  governing those advising others on the new health insurance marketplace. That insurance exchange went online today.

The new state rules require background checks for advisors on the new health insurance exchange. Chancellor Russell Perkins ruled that the new dictates would not do immediate harm.

The Tennessee Justice Center filed a lawsuit on behalf of the League of Women Voters and other individuals. The suit claims the new rules are too broad and could make it difficult for advisors to help people find insurance coverage.

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory
9:24 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Job Cuts Looming At Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Uncertainty over budget cuts means job reductions at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason told staff yesterday that as many as 475 jobs could be lost, though the number will most likely be lower.  Mason announced a “voluntary separation program” with financial incentives for employees who willingly leave their jobs.

That program is effective October 1st; employees can apply until November 14th. 

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Y-12 Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility
9:51 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Exterior Cracks In Y-12's Uranium Stockpile Facility Pose Little Concern

Highly Enriched Uranium Storage Facility at the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
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The Knoxville News Sentinel asked B&W Y-12 and the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board about exterior cracks found during an August survey at the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility.

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Tennessee's Allergy Capitals
9:25 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Three Tennessee Cities In The Top Ten For Fall Allergies

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Three Tennessee cities are now in the top ten allergy capitals in the US.

The annual list from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation focuses on fall allergies and ranks cities based on pollen scores, rates of medication use, and the number of board-certified allergists in each city.

Wichita, Kansas, is the top allergy capital, followed by Jackson, Mississippi.

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