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, produces the biweekly series HealthConnections and serves as local host for All Things Considered. 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

Oliver Springs native Levi Kreis has been on many stages in some high-profile places, from New York to L.A. For the past month, he’s been back home, portraying Sun Studios impresario Sam Phillips in the Clarence Brown Theatre production of Million Dollar Quartet. On September 22 and 23, Kreis takes the stage alone to share stories and songs in a cabaret performance called “Broadway at the Keys.”

Kreis spoke recently with WUOT's Brandon Hollingsworth. They talked about the upcoming solo performance, and how Kreis got involved with Million Dollar Quartet.

Knox County helps local health care providers absorb the costs of treating 1,100 of the county's poorest residents. The indigent care program was adopted about three decades ago. The program's budget reached a high-water mark in 2007 and has been pared back since. This spring, Knox County's health department asked for a funding boost (to $4.5 million - a $200,000 increase). County mayor Glenn Jacobs had different plans.

Elizabeth Aaron

On a Tuesday afternoon in early December 1956, Carl Perkins stopped by Sun Studios in Memphis. The singer-songwriter was there to record what he hoped would be his next hit single. Studio owner Sam Phillips brought in a ringer to play piano in that session – a nineteen-year-old named Jerry Lee Lewis. Before the afternoon was done, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley also dropped in. And in a moment of tremendous foresight, someone thought to switch on the studio’s recorders.

On previous editions of HealthConnections, we've talked about the effect opioid abuse has on communities and individuals. In this edition of the show, we talk about treatment. Dr. Sharon Davis, of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing, is an expert on addiction. She discusses addiction from a physiological perspective, and outlines emergency and long-term treatment options. Dr. Davis will also tell us why many Tennessee communities can't provide some of the robust treatments that are available.

There's much more to school nursing than giving shots and applying band-aids. School nurses are increasingly called upon to provide basic and detailed care for students, respond to emergencies and even act as social workers. As students across the state head back to the classroom, we examine the changing role of the school nurse.

National Center for Constitutional Studies

People believe all kinds of things about the Constitution and the rights it offers. And they say so - online, on the editorial page and on cable TV. But even the nation’s top legal and judicial minds don’t agree on what the Constitution means. Many times, the document itself is vague, creating even more confusion. As Americans try to sort out 21st century disputes using an 18th century text, what do you need to know to be better informed about the Constitution?

At a certain point, Karen Pershing says, the public gets tired of hearing medical and governmental leaders talk about opioid addiction, and want to know what's being done about it.

Tennessee Valley Authority

Tennessee Valley Authority Chief Engineer George Palo was having a quiet evening on the night of June 2, 1961. But that changed very quickly.

“His phone rang about midnight: ‘We’ve had a disaster,'" TVA historian Pat Ezzell says. "So he gets into the office, and everybody’s there. The board of directors are there, everybody’s there, talking about, 'what are we gonna do?'”

Health and homelessness are closely related. People with chronic, expensive health issues are more susceptible to becoming homeless. And people who are homeless typically have greater risks to their health and well-being. In this edition of HealthConnections, we offer an overview of those relationships and the demographics of homelessness in Knox County.

Smithsonian Institution

Fifty years ago today, Apollo 11 lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center on the first leg of its historic flight to the Moon. The mission began in Florida, was monitored in Texas, and concluded with a parachute landing in the Pacific Ocean. But there were also ties to East Tennessee. The stories of those ties will be shared in a documentary produced by Knoxville TV station WBIR.

WUOT’s Brandon Hollingsworth spoke with reporter Emily DeVoe, producer Annie Carr, and John North, who helped create the special.