Chrissy Keuper

All Things Considered Host/Reporter

Chrissy is WUOT's local All Things Considered host. Her first job with the station was as a weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. From 2004 to 2015, she served as the station's local host for Morning Edition. In that role, Chrissy won multiple awards for her reporting and interviewing, as well as hosting WUOT's monthly public affairs series Dialogue.

Chrissy took a break in the autumn of 2015 and wrote for Cityview magazine, writing about East Tennessee military veterans. But, she says, her heart never left WUOT. She returned in July 2019.

Keuper is a native of Johnson City, Tennessee. In her free time, she serves on the board of the Marble City Opera, leads book discussions for Knox County Public Library's "All Over the Page" series, and enjoys the many offerings of a growing Knoxville, specifically the city's art galleries, restaurants and greenways.

In the summer of 1919, what was already a tense and complex time in American history exploded into racial conflict nationwide and remains known as the Red Summer. The First World War had just ended, soldiers were returning home to an uncertain economy, and suspicion of “the other” and fear of the unknown ran rampant. The story of Knoxville’s own Red Summer is on stage at the Bijou Theatre in the Carpetbag Theatre’s production of the same name.

Image and Design by George Middlebrooks

On a special edition of Dialogue, we discuss the fate of Knoxville's country music scene in the 20th century. One old adage is that country music was born in Bristol, raised in Knoxville, and then it went somewhere else to evolve or die or sell out, depending on who's talking...

But how and why did such a vibrant and popular country music scene leave our city?

YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley has received new federal funding under the Victims of Crime Act that will help expand advocacy for victims of domestic violence, specifically in Anderson, Loudon, and Roane Counties. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with Maggie McNally, YWCA’s Senior Director of Programs, about the grant. McNally says the YWCA already has some programs in these counties, but the grant money will allow for growth.

This year is the 60th anniversary of a dark event in the history of the Highlander Research and Education Center. The social justice and community action training school was founded in 1932 as Highlander Folk School and its first home was in the small community of Summerfield in the mountains of Grundy County, Tennessee. In the 1950s, the center was vilified in the press for supposedly creating racial conflict and was accused of being a communist training school.

Chrissy Keuper, WUOT News

After just a week on the job, the University of Tennessee's Ninth Chancellor Donde Plowman met with members of the press. During the event at the Howard Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy on Tuesday morning, Plowman shared her first impressions of UT and her plans for its future.

Kate Brown is a professor of history at the University of Maryland and specializes in the history of the Soviet Union.

The Knox County Public Library is partnering with NewsBank to create a digital archive of the Knoxville News Sentinel, for the years 1922 through 1990. The project is called From Papers to Pixels, and the library is in the midst of a huge fundraising campaign to pay for the result.

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with Jennifer Richter (Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of UT's Office of Equity and Diversity) and Ashley Blamey (Director of UT's  Center for Health Education and Wellness) about the University of Tennessee's new policy regarding sexual assault on campus.

The Legacy Parks Foundation is celebrating its 10th Anniversary.