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

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?

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Knox County phased re-open to get second look this week

Knox County’s three-phase plan to re-open businesses and social activity is slated for review this week, as county mayor Glenn Jacobs pushes for an accelerated timetable.

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UT Medical Center participates in treatment trial

The University of Tennessee Medical Center is among more than 2,400 sites around the nation taking part in a trials to test the efficacy of using plasma to treat COVID-19 patients.

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Vanderbilt model indicates mixed picture for Tennessee

Researchers at Vanderbilt University say Tennesseans effectively "flattened the curve" before it could take off, but that the effects of re-opening businesses is yet to be seen in COVID-19 case data.

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Fifteen new Knox County cases highlight “clusters”

Fifteen new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Knox County Monday, the largest single-day jump since early April. But health department director Martha Buchanan indicated the rise was not directly tied to the recent re-opening of businesses in the community.

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Residents register concerns about business re-opening violations

The Knox County Health Department says it received sixteen complaints about potential violations of the county’s phased re-opening plan last weekend. Knoxville’s 311 information line received nine complaints.

COVID-19 is affecting minority populations at a disproportionately high rate. There are number of causes, from background health problems that make a person more vulnerable to coronavirus complications, to the high number of Minorities, particularly African Americans, are also tested less frequently than white people.

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More cases at Bledsoe prison

The COVID-19 outbreak that has infected nearly 600 people at a state prison southwest of Knoxville likely originated in the staff and spread into the inmate population, the state corrections system medical director said.

"The uncomfortable answer for those asking really [comes] back to the community and the folks that work at the prison," Dr. Kenneth Williams told a Chattanooga TV station this week.

Every Woman Vote

Later this year, Tennessee will celebrate its role in helping women secure the right to vote. Tennessee was the key state to approve the Nineteenth Amendment, in August 1920.

While many of the observances look back, one local project is exploring what voting means for women today. Media producers Amy Gibson and Bob Deck created the effort, called “Every Woman Vote.”

Gibson recently spoke with WUOT’s Brandon Hollingsworth.

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McMinn mayor: nursing home outbreak “fear coming into reality”

A COVID-19 outbreak in an Athens nursing home has infected least 54 residents, in what is likely the second-largest case cluster in a Tennessee nursing home to date.

McMinn County Mayor John Gentry told WBIR he’s worried about the strain serious cases could put on the nearest hospital, Starr Regional Medical Center. "Boy, this is a fear coming into reality," he said.