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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One person was killed and another wounded in a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School Monday afternoon, continuing a year marred by gun violence in east Knoxville.

Since 2010, Tennessee has had the highest number and rate of rural hospital closures in America. There are a number of factors that helped raise that tide, from the state's refusal to expand Medicaid to for-profit business models that make health care in small populations hard to sustain. And once those hospitals close, people are left without close access to medical care and communities lost a major economic engine.

In little more than a year, CBD-related products went from virtual obscurity to mainstream offerings at pharmacies, convenience stores and dispensaries. The produucts on the shelves range from liquid shots for your morning cuppa, to ointments, to shampoos and conditioners. And they promise relief from a host of medical issues, from inflammation and anxiety to more serious conditions, such as epilepsy.

This edition of HealthConnnections is different that our usual fare. We’re going to be talking about a polarizing but important topic: the role of racism in American healthcare.

We know this is a galvanizing topic, because people generally don’t like the idea of their actions being considered racist. But Dr. Carole Myers, of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing, says it is time to have this difficult conversation and make positive changes in healthcare.

It's estimated fully a third of healthcare spending in the United States is considered waste. that spending includes unnecessary tests and treatments that don't improve or change patient outcomes. Neil Goldfarb is the president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health.

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Knox County external auditor Pugh CPA and the Knoxville Police Department have been asked to investigate what happened to a box of Pfizer COVID vaccines believed to have been accidentally thrown away at the Knox County Health Department nearly three weeks ago.

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Knox County Health Department announced Wednesday 975 doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine are missing. County health director Dr. Martha Buchanan said she believes the health department inadvertently threw them away. 

In the recent past, episodes of HealthConnections have probed different facets of the COVID-19 pandemic, and mental health care in America. Today, we look at the area where the two overlap.

In the pre-pandemic days, the Knox County Board of Health met quarterly to discuss routine business, evaluate the county health department budget and get updates from health department staff. In June 2020, the board's profile and power changed dramatically. The Knox County Law Department put the health board in charge of making decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the county's response.


An attorney for former Tennessee Volunteers head football coach Jeremy Pruitt says his client was fired not for possible NCAA violations, but as the result of a university effort to renege on the coach’s contract.