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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In this month's episode of Dialogue, WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with Kim Lauth and Wendy Pitts-Reeves of the East Tennessee Women's Leadership Council. They discussed the upcoming East Tennessee Women's Leadership Summit in Knoxville as well as a number of issues effecting women in Tennessee... 

Tennessee Economic Council on Women

Fort Campbell will hold a roundtable discussion this week on sexual harassment and assaults, in the wake of recent controversies in the US military. Thursday’s event will outline how the 101st Airborne Division is addressing assaults on the base and in the community around the base. The Division is also designating this as SHARP Stand Up week, to raise awareness of the military’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Prevention program. Fort Campbell’s manager of that program was removed from his post last month after he was arrested on charges of stalking his ex-wife.

Governor Haslam, House Speaker Beth Harwell and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey say they want to use revenue generated by the pending Marketplace Fairness Act to reduce current state taxes. The Fairness Act would allow states to collect the sales taxes on online sales for retailers making more than $1 million a year. But the Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Governor Haslam says officials don’t actually know how much revenue would be created if the law is enacted.

The Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled that officials in Rutherford County did give proper public notice of a meeting at which they approved the construction of a mosque. The lawsuit was filed in 2010 by residents trying to block construction of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. As the case made its way through the courts, the mosque was built, and is in use. The plaintiffs say they’ll appeal this ruling to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Officials with the Tennessee Valley Authority and the US Environmental Protection Agency met with the public to give an update on cleanup efforts near the TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant. A December 2008 spill at the facility unleashed 5.4 million cubic yards of toxic coal ash onto the surrounding countryside and into nearby creeks and rivers. A total of 3.8 million cubic yards of ash will be stored in a 230-acre holding cell, covered with plastic and clay.

Wildlife researchers say White Nose Syndrome is now a threat to bat populations across North America, having killed bats in 22 states and 5 Canadian provinces… and it’s still spreading. Gary McCracken is chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee and he's a bat biologist. Dr. McCracken is part of a group studying White Nose Syndrome and charting its spread across the country. He says they’ve already learned quite a bit about both the disease and the fungus that causes it…

The latest America's Health Rankings Senior Report from the United Health Foundation ranked Tennessee 41st in the nation for senior health. The state has the highest rate of physical inactivity in the US; more than 350,000 residents aged 65 and older are inactive.

This fall, many state colleges and universities will start using a pilot program that is intended to increase the number of graduates. University of Tennessee and Tennessee Board of Regents schools are partnering with Coursera to offer more online courses. They’ll cost the same as other classes and will be available only to those enrolled in the schools. The program will last for 18 months and will then be evaluated. Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan says less than 35% of adult Tennesseans have postsecondary degrees.

The TennCare Office of Inspector General reports that since 2005, there have been more than 1,700 arrests for fraud against the health care system. The office began operating in 2005.  Since then, investigations have led to more than $3.5 million in restitution to the TennCare system. 

Commissioner Jim Henry of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services says almost every case the DCS now investigates is somehow connected to drugs. The agency reports that in 2012, more than 41% of DCS investigations involving child abuse also involved drugs, up nearly 60% from cases in 2008. In that same period, the agency reports an increase in the number of children taken into state custody because of parental substance abuse.