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.


1:55 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Tennessee General Assembly Approves Governor's Budget

Credit Chattanooga Times Free Press

The Tennessee State House approved Governor Bill Haslam’s $32.8 billion budget with a few minor changes by an 83-14 margin Wednesday.  Thursday morning, the Senate unanimously agreed to the changes and the budget proposal is now headed to Haslam's desk for his signature.   The budget sets aside more than $100 million for a 1 1/2 % pay-raise and other pay adjustments for state employees and $46 million for state employee health insurance.  The budget allocates $350 million for increased enrollment in TennCare under the new federal health care law.  In Education, $127 million of the new budge

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1:09 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Dr. Temple Grandin on Humane Animal Treatment

Temple Grandin was in Knoxville recently to address a Veterinary Social Work summit sponsored by the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.  Grandin is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University  and is  well-known among animal welfare advocates for improving the conditions in large cattle slaughter facilities. Now, more than half of all the cattle slaughtered in the U.S. and Canada are processed by equipment that she designed. She spoke with Chrissy Keuper about how slaughter plants can be made more humane.

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1:18 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

The Confucius Institute at the University of Tennessee: An Interview with Shih-Lung Shaw

The Confucius Institute is celebrating its grand opening at the University of Tennessee. The institute is part of a worldwide movement, with more than 300 Confucius Institutes open in more than 100 countries. Chrissy Keuper spoke with the UT institute's director, Geography professor Shih-Lung about what's behind this movement and why UT is now a part of it.

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Marketplace Morning Report at 5:51 and 7:51
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WWF Conservation Efforts
9:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

World Wildlife Fund: Conservation Is Possible


Optimism isn’t often a word that people associate with conservation efforts, and certainly not with endangered animal species that compete with humans for habitat.

Eric Dinerstein is the lead scientist for the World Wildlife Fund. He told WUOT's Chrissy Keuper that he’s optimistic because he’s seen that large-scale conservation IS possible... 

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Atomic City
1:25 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Girls of the Atomic City: An Interview with Author Denise Kiernan

Girls of the Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II is now a bestselling book about the women who worked on one of the nation’s most secret projects in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Chrissy Keuper recently spoke with author Denise Kiernan, who says she was moved to research and write the book after seeing a photo taken by Department of Energy photographer Ed Westcott.  

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12:33 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

A Raisin in the Sun: An Interview with Director Woodie King, Jr.

When it opened on Broadway in 1959, the now-classic play, "A Raisin in the Sun" was the first to have a black principal cast, director and playwright. Lorraine Hansberry's play takes place in 1950's Chicago, focusing on a black family buying and attempting to make a home in an all-white neighborhood. The Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee is putting on a new production of the play.  Chrissy Keuper speaks with director Woodie King, Jr. about the play and the era in which it was written.

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Old-time Music
12:00 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music

This year, an album of historic music from the Smoky Mountains competed for a Grammy award. Old Time Smoky Mountain Music was up for the Best Historical Album Grammy, against the likes of Woody Guthrie and Sir Paul McCartney, among others. WUOT's Morning Edition host Chrissy Keuper has this look at the music and the history of these recordings.

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Former Knoxville Zoo Director Jim Vlna
12:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

A Life With the Animals: An Interview with Jim Vlna

To say that Jim Vlna (pronounced VUL-nuh) has spent his life in the zoo is really no exaggeration. Vlna has just retired as director of the Knoxville Zoo after almost 22 years. Prior to that, he spent 30 years with the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois, starting work there when he was 13 years old. WUOT's Morning Edition host Chrissy Keuper speaks with Vlna about some of the changes he’s seen in zoological parks over the years, including some fairly recent adjustments in philosophy.

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