Brandon Hollingsworth

News Director

Brandon is WUOT’s news director. In that role, he oversees the station's daily news operations and special projects. He also hosts Dialogue and produces the biweekly series HealthConnections. For nine years (2010-2019) he was WUOT's local All Things Considered host. 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. He and his husband live in Knoxville.

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Like any specialized field, epidemiology has a language all its own. While its vernacular may be well understood in medical circles, it's less known to a public whose understanding of the words pandemic or contagion comes from Hollywood medical thrillers.

In this edition of HealthConnections, we define and explain some of the terms most commonly used to describe the scope and nature of the novel coronavirus pandemic. UT's Dr. Carole Myers is your guide.

Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

Knoxville Expo Center expected to provide 350 beds for COVID patients

When the Army Corps of Engineers is done overhauling the Knoxville Expo Center off Clinton Highway, the event facility will have room for 350 patients.

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Governor Bill Lee is through asking Tennesseans to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel. He’s now ordering residents to stay put through April 14, using an executive order signed Thursday afternoon.

University of Tennessee Athletics

Drive-through assessment in Knox County comes this weekend; will not be boundless

Knox County’s health department is bringing drive-through COVID-19 assessment to Knoxville this weekend, but it will not be a first-come, first-serve affair.

Assessment sessions Friday and Saturday will take place in the parking lot of Zoo Knoxville. The sessions are being offered through a partnership with Kroger Health. To secure an appointment for assessment, people must have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and be approved by Kroger Health.


Model tries to peg worst period for COVID in Tennessee

Tennessee’s deaths from COVID-19 may peak later this month, according to a mathematical model from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation.

The novel coronavirus dubbed COVID-19 has upended our daily lives in ways thought unlikely or impossible just a month ago. Though the virus has affected many parts of our lives, it's had profound effects in two areas: health and economics.

In this edition of Dialogue, we explore how COVID is being studied in the health profession, what it tells us about public health and what more health care providers want to know -- and need to know -- about this new illness.

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Kincannon issues new “safer at home” order, with enforcement powers

A new “safer at home” order for Knoxville went into effect today, and it goes a step further than similar county and state orders. Until now, the orders from public health officials have been strong recommendations, stopping short of enforcement. But Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon says that approach didn’t work for everyone.

Knox County records first COVID-19 death

Knox County health officials confirmed the first COVID-19 death in the county happened over the weekend. The person was in a group considered high-risk for coronavirus complications, health department director Martha Buchanan said. The person had been hospitalized. Buchanan declined to provide additional information on the patient, citing sensitivity to the family.

Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

A sudden rise in reported suicides this week has alarmed Knox County's mayor and the director of the health department.

Eight Knox Countians committed suicide in the last two days, Mayor Glenn Jacobs' office announced on Thursday. Knox County Health Department Director Martha Buchanan appeared shaken as she spoke to reporters at midday, about 45 minutes after the information was released.

"That's startling and distribing, and really, really challenging," Buchanan said. "If there's anybody out there who's struggling..."

State of Tennessee

Gov. Lee signs executive order aimed at helping free up medical personnel, labs

An executive order from Governor Bill Lee is intended to lower some bureaucratic barriers with the aim of mobilizing people and facilities to deal with the spread of COVID-19.