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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Songs such as "We Shall Overcome" and "This Little Light of Mine" are essential elements of the soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement. These and other songs became inextricably linked to social justice and labor movements across America. But that relationship wasn't automatic. It was developed in part at the Highlander Folk School.

Last year, the COVID pandemic caused hospitals to suspend many elective procedures and virus-wary patients were less likely to go to medical centers for routine care. As a result, routine cancer screenings dropped precipitously. Now, as the pandemic becomes more manageable, Michael Holtz says it's time to re-schedule those missed screenings.

Urban renewal projects in the 1950s, 60s and early 70s did more than tear down buildings and build highways. What was branded as a push to end blight uprooted families, killed businesses, scattered Black neighborhoods and disrupted unique traditions and cultural connections.

On the next Dialogue, we explore what urban renewal did in three Knoxville Black neighborhoods. Host Brandon Hollingsworth will be joined by two guests:

Calling COVID-19 a “managed public health issue in Tennessee,” Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday ended statewide public health orders put in place over the past year and made other changes that limit local response to the virus.

“As Tennesseans continue to get vaccinated, it’s time to lift remaining local restrictions, focus on economic recovery and get back to business in Tennessee,” Lee said in a statement.

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A Knoxville police officer who shot and killed Austin-East High School student Anthony Thompson, Jr., April 12 was justified in his actions, Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen said Wednesday. No charges will be filed.

At this time last year, people around the globe wondered when they would have a viable shield to protect themselves from the coronavirus. In short order, revolutionary vaccines were developed and tested. Three of those vaccines were authorized for emergency use in the United States; others are in various stages of testing and may join the roster later this year.

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A prominent attorney who specializes in lawsuits that stem from police violence says he has been retained by the family of an Austin-East High School student killed last week.

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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.