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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The pandemic, political chaos, disruptions to old norms of social contact, economic worries, concerns about the present and future -- the events of 2020 are enough to get anyone down. Unsurprisingly, more Americans have reported symptoms of anxiety and depression, especially younger adults, people of color and people in the health care field.

A lawsuit filed against the Tennessee Valley Authority and one of its contractors has been dismissed. Federal Judge Thomas Varlan said the plaintiffs -- Roane County and the cities of Harriman and Kingston –  failed to prove TVA and Jacobs Engineering could be held liable for certain claims, or waited too long to pursue legal action.

In the dark days of the Second World War, the letter V meant victory. Today, the letter V stands for something just as hoped-for: a vaccine against COVID-19. Pharmaceutical companies around the world are scrambling to invent a vaccine that will protect us from the pernicious effects of the novel coronavirus. But any vaccine must also be safe for humans.

Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

As active COVID cases at the University of Tennessee begin to plateau, a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force praised UT’s plans for the fall semester and issued warnings to students that their behavior will help determine what happens next.

Dr. Deborah Birx met Tuesday with University of Tennessee leaders, including system president Randy Boyd and Knoxville campus chancellor Donde Plowman. Also present at the meeting were Knox County Health Department Director Martha Buchanan, Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon and Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs.

A word of caution: This topic may upset some listeners.

The suicide rate among the general population has increased 30% since 2000. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people 10-34 years old.

Suicide is an even more challenging concern in the world of health and medicine.  Health care professionals, including physicians, veterinarians, and nurses have considerably higher rates of suicide than the general population.  Sadly, we even sometimes see suicide referred to as an occupational hazard for health care professionals.

You may think you know the contours of the abortion debate in the U.S. You likely have your own opinion on the matter. As much as we think of it as a black-and-white, two-sided issue, an in-depth survey of people in Tennessee and five other states reveals great nuance and variation in how people think about abortion from legal and moral standpoints.

The labor union that represents musicians of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra filed a grievance against the orchestra’s management, alleging furloughs announced this week violate their current labor agreement.

For years, going to your health care provider meant going to the provider – being physically present in the waiting room when you name was called. Advocates for telehealth say you don’t always need to do that. Meeting your provider remotely, by video or phone, could expand access to health care services.

Adopting telehealth has been relatively slow, in part because of restrictive state and federal regulations, technology problems, including broadband access, and whether or not patients feel comfortable interacting with their providers remotely.

Many of us have COVID anxiety to one degree or another. But we can’t forget that children are also aware things are different and unsettling now. As school starts back, parents and kids probably have lots of questions about what happens next, and how they will stay safe.

In this edition of HealthConnections, the University of Tennessee's Dr. Allyson Neal tells us how to talk to kids about COVID worries and how you can help them deal with uncertainty. HealthConnections creator Dr. Carole Myers is your host.

Tennessee Valley Authority

The Tennessee Valley Authority has abandoned its plans to outsource information technology work to outside firms after President Trump put the agency’s leaders in his crosshairs this week.

The about-face was announced Thursday by TVA CEO Jeff Lyash, after a meeting with Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and White House attorney Pat Cipollone. Lyash was one of the executives Trump targeted in remarks he made Monday after firing TVA board chair “Skip” Thompson and board member Richard Howorth. Thompson was appointed by Trump in 2018; Howorth was an Obama appointee.