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

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“The weather is warm,” Patrick Dalton tells me as we connect via Zoom and I check his audio levels. “It’s a nice day outside.”

This would be a fairly unremarkable observation for most people. But Dalton doesn’t take a nice day for granted. He’s still readjusting to life outside a hospital room, more than two months after COVID-19 nearly killed him. Dalton is 24 years old. He’s athletic. He is not among the highest-risk groups for COVID complications -- the groups some maintain are the only people who should worry about the virus. The novel coronavirus didn’t get that memo.

Tennessee has asked the federal government for permission to make significant changes to the way it funds and operates the state's modified Medicaid program, TennCare. Those changes would impose work or community service requirements for TennCare eligibility, and move TennCare's federal funding to a block grant model.

Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

Close to 200 people gathered outside the City-County Building in downtown Knoxville Monday evening to remember George Floyd. Some carried signs that quoted Martin Luther King, Jr. One quoted pioneering journalist Ida B. Wells. Attending the vigil was a good first step, three public defenders said, but it could not be the only step.

Knox case counts continue to climb*

A lull in new COVID-19 cases in Knox County ended in late May, and the pattern is continuing into June.

Stress is natural, and it is inevitable. But these days, there may be many more stressors pressing down on each of us, from the dismal news cycle to job losses and health concerns. Left untreated, that stress can be detrimental to mental and physical health. It can even shave years off your life.

submitted, Stephen Skinner

A group estimated at 50 to 100 people vandalized shops, knocked over trashcans and damaged a portable toilet as they moved about a small area of downtown Knoxville Saturday night. Two people were arrested.

Sherry Young, via Dreamstime

Special panel releases guidance for summer camps, higher ed and non-contact sports in most TN counties

Some sports can resume, sleep-away camps can re-open, and colleges and universities can adopt updated guidance for re-opening this fall, a special task force said Thursday.

The guidelines from the Economic Recovery Group (ERG) created by Governor Bill Lee further open the state’s recreational opportunities in 89 counties as summer approaches.

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Fourteen new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Knox County Wednesday, continuing a trend first noted over the Memorial Day weekend. Some of the cases are in two small clusters (localized concentrations of cases), including one at a West Knoxville grocery store.

While the double-digit rise is considered statistically significant, it is also not unexpected. Knox County’s health department predicted cases would increase as business traffic and social activities ramp up.

Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

Sixteen years ago, when Dr. Martha Buchanan joined the Knox County Health Department, she held tight through a steep learning curve, one of scale.

“As a physician, you have the patient in front of you, and that’s who you work with,” Buchanan said. “Now, my patient is the entire community.”

More than half a million Tennesseans have filed for unemployment since March 15. Many of them likely lost their health coverage along with their regular paycheck (national figures show about half of Americans have employer-provided health insurance). For those now living through an unexpected loss of coverage during a health crisis, a critical question is, what now?