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

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett's eighth and final budget proposal urges a short-term fix for educational programs, pay increases for county sheriff's deputies and highway construction.

The $819 million spending plan holds the line on property tax rates, a staple of Burchett's two terms in office. It is a 2.6 percent increase over the current fiscal year.


In the autumn of 2008, federal agents raided a compound in southwestern Arkansas. They freed six girls who'd grown up on self-styled evangelist Tony Alamo's watch. A week later, Alamo was arrested on charges he carried minors across state lines for sexual purposes.

Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

Beverly Davenport will soon vacate the eighth-floor office suite she's held since becoming chancellor of the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus fifteen months ago. Today, the university announced Davenport's removal, effective July 1.

A letter from UT System President Joe DiPietro read, in part, "I have decided it is in the best interest of the University of Tennessee to change the leadership of our flagship campus and terminate your appointment as chancellor..."

Knoxville Police Department

An ambitious plan to build a science museum and new headquarters for Knoxville's public safety departments  features prominently in Mayor Madeline Rogero's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019.

On a personal level, we all understand the connection between health and economics. If you're sick, you can't work. If you can't work, it's hard to earn a living. Now, let's zoom out to the regional level, or even the whole country: Is a healthy population a necessary component of a healthy economy? What considerations do employers make about their workers' physical and emotional health? Where should we invest to see better health outcomes? These are some of the questions explored in this installment of HealthConnections.