Brandon Hollingsworth

News Director

Brandon is WUOT’s news director. In that role, he oversees the station's daily news operations. He also hosts Dialogue and produces the biweekly series HealthConnections. For seven years, Brandon was WUOT's All Things Considered anchor. From 2008 to 2010, he hosted Morning Edition on Alabama Public Radio. For two years before that he served as an APR bureau correspondent and Morning Edition anchor at WLJS-FM in Jacksonville, Ala.

Brandon's work has been heard nationally on the flagship NPR newsmagazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as the network's newscast service. He has contributed to NPR's midday newsmagazine, Here and Now, and his work has aired on West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Inside Appalachia.

Brandon is a 2008 graduate of Jacksonville State University, and holds a B.A. in communications. He is a native of St. Clair County, Alabama.

Ways to Connect

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Efforts to improve the health of the 6.6 million people who call Tennessee home have been successful, but people who study and analyze health and well-being say much more needs to be done.

The Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness kicked off a six-city presentation tour in Knoxville on Tuesday. The bottom line, as outlined by foundation chair Rick Johnson, is that a focus on personal habits - such as exercise, diet and tobacco use - has moved the needle in a positive direction since 2013, but more substantial change will require a bigger, longer-term effort.

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On September 1, Knox County will get a new chief executive, something that hasn’t happened in eight years. County Mayor Tim Burchett will leave the office he’s occupied since 2010, and political newcomer Glenn Jacobs will step in. Jacobs will have a complicated task ahead in the next four years, overseeing county agencies, schools, parks, road construction and a budget close to a billion dollars.

Knox County's Community Health Council, now in its fifth year, studies public health patterns, makes recommendations to civic leaders and creates plans to improve the health of the county's residents.

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For years, the Broadway Viaduct has been a gathering place for the homeless. The bridge that carries Interstate 40 above Broadway near downtown Knoxville is close to organizations that work with homeless people, but city officials have discovered the people there don't always want help. The next step for the Broadway Viaduct is a planned day-use area where unsheltered people can spend some time off the streets.

WUOT's Brandon Hollingsworth recently spoke with Michael Dunthorn; he manages homeless programs for the city of Knoxville.

Two weeks ago, we explored questions about the present and future of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid. In this edition of HealthConnections, we continue the conversation with a focus on Medicare.

Dr. Carole Myers examines the funding and future of Medicare, and outlines potential budget cuts that have been proposed.

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