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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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.

It is assumed that Joe Biden will be sworn in at noon January 20 as the 46th president of the United States. As we transition from one administration to the next, we wanted to take a look at what might be expected in the realm of health care. There’s of course a lot we don’t know yet, but Dr. Carole Myers from the University of Tennessee College of Nursing will shed some light on what President-elect Biden has shared about his vision for health care in the U.S.

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U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann says he is experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and is isolating after testing positive for the novel coronavirus on Sunday.

Fleischmann, a Republican from Chattanooga, said he had been quarantining himself since last Wednesday, when he learned his roommate, a representative from Florida, had tested positive. In a statement, Flesichmann said he was feeling okay and plans to continue working while in self-isolaton. The congressman is keeping in touch with a physician.

The federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the state’s request to radically change the funding model for TennCare.

The approved waiver, announced Friday, comes more than a year after Tennessee officials submitted a 50-page request to switch TennCare to what's called an "aggregate cap" funding model. Tennessee is the first state to receive approval for Medicaid funding of this type.

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Members of Tennessee’s House and Senate delegations were evacuated to undisclosed locations Wednesday afternoon, when a mob of pro-Trump extremists stormed the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. in an armed insurrection.

The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery last year prompted a shift in opinions about institutional racism, relationships among people, police and governments, and reckoning with past and present. In this edition of Dialogue, we’re asking what has changed in Knoxville, and what more needs to be done in the near future. Host Brandon Hollingsworth is joined by three guests working to put ideas into action:

The plunge was sudden and steep. Tennessee's economic activity abruptly fell off in late March as consumers wary of a new and mysterious virus stayed home. Tennesseans are now more likely to venture out of the house, but the consumer habits that changed early in 2020 have stayed that way, says economist Larry Kessler. Those changes, plus the uncertainty over timing and availability of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, makes the economic recovery slow, uneven and hard to predict.

State Senator and surgeon Dr. Richard Briggs joins HealthConnections creator Dr. Carole Myers for an update on the state’s COVID response, efforts to neuter county health boards, and how the pandemic relates to broadband access.

Economic Report to the Governor of the State of Tennessee

The recession triggered by COVID-19 caused unemployment to soar and ended a decade-long economic expansion. And as the curtain rises on 2021, it’s unclear what we’ll see on the stage, according to a report released Wednesday.

The beginnings of wearable health technology date to an experimental step counter invented in Japan in the mid-1960s. Some watches were able to keep tabs on heartbeats in the 1980s. But the current boom in wearable health monitors was spurred by the development of smaller, faster devices.