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Chrissy Keuper

Former News Director, Host, Producer

Chrissy served as WUOT's News Director and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue from late 2021 to early 2023. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She had previously been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally filled in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and had won multiple awards for her interviews, feature stories, and Dialogue.

In Chrissy's rare free time, she serves on the board of Discover Life in America; leads book discussions for Knox County Public Library's All Over the Page series; enjoys the many offerings of a growing Knoxville, specifically art, food, and parks and greenways; nurtures a growing collection of begonias and other plants; and otherwise has her nose in a book.

  • The cost of prescription drugs is a priority health care problem in the U.S. Dr. Carole Myers speaks with Dr. Brian Winbigler, a pharmacist and the Knoxville site manager for Alliance for Multispecialty Research.
  • New mothers are subject to powerful emotions: excitement, anxiety, joy, apprehension, and depression. “Baby blues” or other altered moods are not uncommon. However, some mothers face more severe and prolonged symptoms, known as Perinatal Mood Disorders. Dr. Carole Myers speaks with Sarah McNamara, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is certified in Perinatal Mental Health and the Clinical Director of Ready Nest Knoxville, a counseling practice that helps individuals, couples, and families transition through the life stages of conception, pregnancy, postpartum, infertility, or loss.
  • Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, federal and state law required that the eligibility of all TennCare enrollees be redetermined, renewed, or verified annually. The purpose of the redetermination is to ensure that enrollees still qualify for coverage. During the pandemic, the annual redetermination was suspended by the federal government. Recently Congress announced the resumption of annual renewals, effective April 1, 2023. Dr. Carole Myers speaks with Tennessee State Representative Gloria Johnson about what TennCare enrollees can expect from the redetermination process and whether Medicaid expansion in Tennessee remains a possibility.
  • The Metro Drug Coalition just held its annual East Tennessee Opioid Conference. WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with four medical professionals who spoke at the conference about the current state of the opioid crisis in Tennessee; methods of harm reduction and recovery support; possible alternatives to opioids for pain treatment; and more.
  • Dr. Carole Myers speaks with Dr. Whitney Wharton and Dr. Joel Anderson, who are leading a national study designed to improve age-related resources and to ensure that LGBTQIA+ patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) and LGBTQIA+ caregivers are included in ADRD research.
  • In June of 2015, a fire soon ruled as arson burned part of the College Hill Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Knoxville, one of several Black churches in the South that experienced arson that summer. Dr. Todne Thomas, a socio-cultural anthropologist and Associate Professor of African American Religious Studies at Harvard Divinity School, is studying what has happened in the church community and the city since the College Hill arson and she spoke about that work with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper.
  • Playwright, novelist, and actress Alice Childress was the first African American woman whose work was professionally produced on the New York stage. Childress wrote the play Trouble in Mind in 1955 and based it largely on her own experiences in the theatre. The play was finally produced on Broadway in 2021 and nominated for four Tony Awards. The Clarence Brown Theatre’s production of Trouble in Mind is directed by visiting artist Marti Gobel, who spoke with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper.
  • The earlier in life a young person starts using alcohol or other drugs, the greater the lifetime risk of misuse and addiction. Therefore, prevention and early intervention are an absolute necessity. Besides the mandate to prevent the human tragedy of substance use disorder, addiction, and overdose deaths, prevention is a good economic investment. Dr. Carole Myers speaks with Dr. Laurie Meschke of the University of Tennessee Department of Public Health.
  • The hosts of the popular podcast Pantsuit Politics are speaking in Maryville this week. Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers spoke with WUOT's Chrissy Keuper.
  • On February's Dialogue, WUOT's Chrissy Keuper celebrated World Read Aloud Day with Teresa Brittain and Kristin Yarnell of the Friends of Literacy and writers Michael Knight and Linda Parsons, both members of the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame.