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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Death Row
3:30 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Tennessee Attorney General Rules On State's Execution Policy

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The Tennessee Attorney General’s office has released an opinion on the state’s execution policy.

Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper’s office says it's constitutional for the state to electrocute inmates if the drugs needed for lethal injection are unavailable or if the practice itself is found to be unconstitutional.

Executions have been on hold in Tennessee since 2009, partly due to the unavailability of one lethal injection drug and partly because of other legal challenges.

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Tennessee Courts
3:30 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Claim: Partisan Politics Affecting The Tennessee Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission

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A member of the state’s Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission and a sitting justice on the state's high court both say partisan politics have affected the way the commission does business. The commission reviews the state’s appellate judges.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
3:30 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

State Legislation Update: Agritourism And Common Core Bills

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New legislation waiting for a signature from Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam authorizes entertainment activities on Tennessee farms. 

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the measure was drafted by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture with the intent to allow farmers to more fully participate in agritourism.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
3:15 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#9)

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WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and Knoxville News Sentinel Nashville Bureau Chief Tom Humphrey catch up on what's happening in the Tennessee General Assembly…

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Health
3:30 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Obesity Rates Up In Tennessee And Nationwide

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The latest Gallup-Healthways State of the States survey finds that three in 10 adults in Tennessee are obese.                                              

Those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher are considered obese and according to Gallup, obesity rates have increased nationwide each year since 2008. The US rate is now more than 27%, up from 26% in 2012. An average of 62.8% of American adults was overweight or obese that same year.

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Animal Refuge
4:36 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Interview: The Elephant Sanctuary In Tennessee

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  Tennessee is home to the largest natural refuge for elephants in the US, the Elephant Sanctuary, in Hohenwald, Tennessee. Currently, eleven Asian elephants and two African elephants, all females, live their lives in the sanctuary, with minimal human contact.

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with Todd Montgomery, the Sanctuary’s Education Manager. He says the sanctuary is unique among the places where once-captive elephants retire…

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Federal Court
4:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Record Water Pollution Fine For Company Operating In Tennessee

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A coal supplier operating in Tennessee and four other states will pay a record fine for violating water pollution limits.

A deal filed yesterday in federal court proposes a record fine of $27.5 million to cover more than 6,200 water pollution violations.

Bristol, Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources, Incorporated, is the nation’s third largest supplier of coal, operating in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

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Ukraine
6:25 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Interview: Putting Ukraine In Perspective

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Following the ousting of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, Russian troops are dispersed throughout the region of Crimea, an autonomous southern region of Ukraine. As members of NATO meet, WUOT's Chrissy Keuper sits down with Curtis Bell to put the developing situation in Ukraine in perspective. Bell teaches political science at the University of Tennessee, focusing on international relations, civil war, and state failure…

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Law Enforcement
4:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Tennessee Could Bypass Missouri In Meth Use

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Early estimates for 2013 predict that Tennessee will surpass Missouri in total methamphetamine lab incidents. 

Missouri has consistently led the nation in methamphetamine use. But the Tennessean newspaper reports that Tennessee could surpass Missouri, and that Indiana could take the lead.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
4:41 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#8)

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WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and Knoxville News Sentinel’s Nashville Bureau Chief Tom Humphrey catch up on what's happening in the Tennessee General Assembly…

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