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

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.

Martin Methodist College

The University of Tennessee's Board of Trustees gave their approval this week to move forward on a plan that would add a small private college to the state's flagship university system, but the merger is not a closed case yet.

Before Thanksgiving, pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna announced encouraging news from their experimental COVID-19 vaccines: They worked.

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The Knox County Board of Health voted Monday to tweak rules for restaurants in an attempt to limit the spiraling effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the area.

Tennessee Court System

Jury trials in Tennessee state courts will be suspended from November 23 through the end of January, 2021, and local judicial districts are being asked to review their own re-opening plans.

The order, issued by the Tennessee Supreme Court on Tuesday, is the second time this year trials have been put on hold because of COVID-19. The court system initially halted business from March 13 to July 3.

When gyms, yoga studios and other exercise spaces closed during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials recommended people head outside. And many did. Now that cooler months are setting in, how can you stay physically active, maintain physical distancing and keep yourself safe?