Victor Agreda, Jr.

Morning Edition Host/Producer

Victor Agreda comes to WUOT with 10 years of experience in the media field, managing DownloadSquad, Engadget Spanish, Autoblog Spanish, DIYLife, and The Unofficial Apple Weblog for AOL. During his time at TUAW, Victor tested thousands of apps, and worked closely with developers and innovators in the technology field.

Victor holds degrees from the University of Tennessee (English) as well as Watkins in Nashville (Film Editing). Victor has created content for television and the web, and has been a speaker at SXSW and 360 Intersect, and has been interviewed on BBC Radio and Fox Business News.

Victor’s passion lies in storytelling and empowering local businesses and individuals in the region. Victor lives in Fountain City, and has two teenage children, Belle and Weston.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited park in the country, but how safe is it? What precautions should you take if you go hiking or camping? These are good questions for David Brill. He's an avid hiker, adjunct UT professor, and author. His latest book, Into the Mist, tells the story of the dangers that befell the park's visitors dating back to the Great Depression.

In 2011, Kevin Sharp became a federal judge in Middle Tennessee. The position is supposed to be a lifetime appointment, but last year Sharp resigned.

He quit in protest of mandatory minimum prison sentences — measures he says contribute to prison overcrowding and violence. In this interview I speak to Sharp about mandatory minimum sentencing and why he felt he could do more off the bench than on it.

  

Alex Stokes is a comedian and author, having written a few books that he jokingly calls "bathroom books." The sort of lighthearted fare you might casually pick up and read when you only have a moment or two to spare. Stokes also works in Gatlinburg, where a bear has been visiting downtown, at times helping himself to food from unsecured trash containers. This inspired Stokes to write "The City Bear In The Smokies" -- his first children's book.

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