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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Three young paratroopers take refuge in an abandoned barn. One of the trio, a radio operator, tries to make contact with another squad. “Baker Two, this is Baker One. How do you copy?"

No answer. He tosses his headphones down. "Can’t raise ‘em.”

Two more American GIs burst in, carrying a wounded soldier and a German prisoner. The wounded man, Wilson, needs morphine to dull the pain, and his sergeant frantically searches for a disposable morphine unit called a syrette.


One of the Tennesseans excited by the news of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ victory Saturday is Representative Karen Camper, the Tennessee House Democratic leader.

WUOT's Brandon Hollingsworth spoke with Camper just hours after the alert went out, and after state Democratic party chair Mary Mancini said she would not seek a new term next year. Hollingsworth and Camper discuss what may be ahead for state Democratic officials and what Camper learned from Marquita Bradshaw’s Senate run.

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Tuesday, November 3, is election day. While you may have long ago gotten your fill of stories about the presidential candidates, chances are you've heard less about state-level races and issues.

In Middle Tennessee, Democrats hope to flip a seat currently held by a moderate Republican. Southeast of Nashville, former House Speaker Glen Casada hopes to hold on to his legislative career against two challengers.

Everyone gets nervous from time to time. Most of the time, anxiety is about something specific, like flying on an airplane, or giving a speech, or looking over the edge of a canyon and seeing how far down the bottom is. And there is also a moment of release. When that plane lands or your speech is done, you feel better and the anxiety goes away.

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On a map, Tennessee’s Second Congressional District looks a little like a pirate’s hook. Its wrist is near Tellico Lake, and the tip of the hook nearly pierces the Kentucky line at Jellico. Within the crook that arcs between the two ends is the Democratic-leaning island of East Tennessee’s largest city, and rural, more conservative areas.

On November 3, the nation will vote to determine who will be President of the United States for next four years.

While the major-party presidential contenders have not made health care a front-and-center issue this year, the topic is a perennial priority for voters.  In this election, Donald Trump and Joe Biden offer starkly different approaches for health care.

Knox County

This week, Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs announced his chief of staff, Bryan Hair, and County Parks and Recreation Director Paul White had been put on leave pending an investigation for what the mayor described as potential wrongdoing. But no further details were offered. Beginning Thursday night, more details began to emerge.

Compass Knox reporter Jesse Mayshark broke the story, and he spoke Friday afternoon with WUOT's Brandon Hollingsworth.

Early voting in Tennessee began Wednesday, October 14, and concludes Thursday, October 29. This article contains information about where and when to vote in your county.

Knox County

Two top Knox County employees are on leave and an investigation is in progress, the county mayor's office announced Wednesday.

Mayoral Chief of Staff Bryan Hair and Parks and Recreation Director Paul White were placed on leave with pay Tuesday, Mayor Glenn Jacobs said. The order came after Jacobs received word of "potential wrongdoing," but Jacobs offered no details on what that meant.

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This year marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, and music lovers around the world are celebrating the milestone. On this edition of Dialogue, host Brandon Hollingsworth asks his guests how Beethoven became synonymous with classical music in the public eye, and why his legacy is so large. The group will also discuss how music organizations are changing concert programming and hiring practices to include more people of color.