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.

Ways to Connect

A new form of coronavirus has been grabbing headlines in the U.S. over the last few weeks. Its spread in China - and now confirmed cases in America - have caused concern about the illness and its potential effects. The word "coronavirus" is unfamiliar to most Americans, and that unfamiliarity, combined with specious information being shared on social media, can produce a fear that's hard to un-learn.

In this edition of HealthConnections, Dr. Carole Myers explains what we know about coronavirus and its effects on people and communities.

State of Tennessee

Raising teacher salaries, investing in mental health, criminal justice reform and limited expansions of TennCare headlined Governor Bill Lee's vision for Tennessee in 2020. In his annual State of the State address, Lee kicked off his second year in office with a list of priorities he wants the state and its lawmakers to consider.

Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

Tennessee's economy is expected to grow at a slow pace in 2020, much in the same fashion it did in 2019. And in 2018. In fact, the most recent years of economic expansion have been slow for Tennessee and the nation. During his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump pledged GDP growth on the order for four to six percent, but actual growth has been closer to two to three percent -- and that's not a bad thing.

Trauma suffered in childhood can have lasting effects, well into adulthood. But there are ways to reduce those effects and help children cope. In this edition of HealthConnections, Dr. Allyson Neal of the University of Tennessee talks about resiliency and hope in the face of childhood trauma. Dr. Neal speaks wirth HealthConnections creator Dr. Carole Myers.

Safety net health providers offer behavioral and physical treatment to low-income patients that typically are uninsured, and have poor health. Right now, doctors and clinics can’t keep up with the demand, a problem that may grow worse in the near future. Governor Bill Lee says he wants to add millions of dollars to help bolster that safety net. What the governor’s plan might mean for providers, patients and Tennessee, on this edition of HealthConnections.

Aired March 26, 2019.

In the summer of 1919, what was already a tense and complex time in American history exploded into racial conflict nationwide and remains known as the Red Summer. The First World War had just ended, soldiers were returning home to an uncertain economy, and suspicion of “the other” and fear of the unknown ran rampant. The story of Knoxville’s own Red Summer is on stage at the Bijou Theatre in the Carpetbag Theatre’s production of the same name.

Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

Much of the recent debate over school vouchers in Tennessee has revolved around Governor Bill Lee's push to enact a pilot program for eligible families in Memphis and Nashville. That plan begins this fall. You may not be aware the state already has a voucher program, albeit much smaller in scale.

An estimated 50 million American adults endure daily chronic pain. About a third of that group experiences chronic pain so severe that it interferes with daily life. But the quick reaction - issuing a prescription for painkillers - carries with it a risk of addiction. Recently, a national task force examined problems with prescription painkillers; last May, the panel offered recommendations to improve how healthcare providers and patients manage chronic pain.

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We're at the dawn of year two for Governor Bill Lee. The political novice elected in November 2018 got an education in the ups and downs of state government in year one, notching victories (a school voucher program, money for career and technical education) and seeing some controveries (the tumultuous vote that secured the voucher program, scandals that forced House Speaker Glen Casada to setp down).

Winter doesn't feel like an ideal time to get out and exercise. The days are shorter, the weather generally colder, and the landscapes less verdant than in spring and summer. As a result, many Americans let their outdoor time dwindle in the winter months. UT's Dr. Carole Myers says that can contribute to weight gain and other health issues.

In this year-end edition of HealthConnections, Dr. Myers tries to convince a skeptical Brandon Hollingsworth that winter is the right time to get out of the house and get moving. Will he be swayed? Listen and find out!

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