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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Oak Ridge Schools
9:19 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Oak Ridge City Funding Issue Could Mean School Closure

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The Oak Ridge City Schools could close October 1st unless the city addresses a funding issue. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Oak Ridge City Schools could close unless the city finds $250,000.

The state gave notice that it would withhold almost $1.9 million a month from the school system, unless the city meets state-mandated funding.

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Chattanooga: Same-Sex Partner Policy
10:38 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Chattanooga City Officials Want Health Benefits For Same-Sex Domestic Partners Of City Workers

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The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Mayor Andy Berke says treating all city workers equally includes offering health benefits to same-sex domestic partners.  

City Councilman Chris Anderson is heading that effort, which includes an official nondiscrimination policy against gay and lesbian city workers. Activists are calling for similar policies in Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis. 

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VW Chattanooga
9:39 am
Fri September 6, 2013

VW Negotiates With UAW Over Works Council At Chattanooga Plant

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Employees at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant have been let into the loop on a discussion among company officials and representatives with the United Auto Workers.                                    

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Obituary: Bill Wilcox
5:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

A Tribute To Oak Ridge Historian Bill Wilcox

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Oak Ridge nuclear scientist and city historian Bill Wilcox died this week at age 90. Wilcox arrived in Oak Ridge in 1943 and worked as a nuclear chemist on the Manhattan Project. He spent the rest of his life recording the history of the project and the city of Oak Ridge.

Y-12 historian Ray Smith spoke with WUOT's Chrissy Keuper about the public legacy Wilcox leaves behind in the Secret City… 

    

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Drug Use in Tennessee
4:00 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Heroin Use Increasing In Tennessee

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According to the TBI, the number of incidents involving heroin use surged last year in Tennessee, and has more than doubled since 2010. 

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the largest increases have been seen in the state’s largest counties, including Knox County.

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Interview: Howard Hall
5:16 am
Fri August 30, 2013

The University Of Tennessee's New Radiochemistry Center Of Excellence

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The University of Tennessee has just opened a new Center of Excellence in Radiochemistry. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with center director Howard Hall about what radiochemistry is and why he feels its applications are important…

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Tennessee Virtual Academy
4:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Virtual School Students See Failing Scores Again This Year

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A virtual school that’s part of the Union County school district will remain open, despite two years of failing scores.                        

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Anderson County Jail Fees
4:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Anderson County Jail Inmates May Pay More Of Their Way

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Anderson County plans to increase inmate fees to offset the county’s financial burden as it approaches the opening of an addition to the county's detention facility.                                         

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that commissioners have approved raising current rates on items like toilet paper and inmate clothing and may also require inmates to co-pay medical and dental care.

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TN: Education Acheivement Gap
4:00 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Achievement Gap Between Poor And Affluent Tennessee Students Widens

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The achievement gap between poor and affluent children in Tennessee is widening, even as the gap between minority students and their peers narrows. 

The Tennessean newspaper reports that last year, 60% of the state’s top schools served mostly poor children. This year, the number is just over 40%.

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TN: Human Trafficking
4:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Tennessee Among Top States For Laws Against Human Trafficking

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The 4th annual report from the non-profit Polaris Project puts Tennessee among 32 Tier 1 states: those that have passed the most legislation to counter sex and labor trafficking.

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