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Chrissy Keuper

News Director, Host, Producer

Chrissy is WUOT's News Director and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She has been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally fills in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and has 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.

You can email Chrissy at ckeuper@utk.edu.

  • Homelessness qualifies as a "wicked” societal problem, which have several common characteristics: incomplete or contradictory knowledge about the problem; a wide range of people and opinions involved; associated with a large economic burden; and interconnected with other problems. Dr. Carole Myers of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing speaks with Dr. David Patterson, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tennessee College of Social Work.
  • Steve Forbes, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Magazine and Chair and CEO of Forbes Media LLC, spoke with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper about his family’s financial philosophies, inflation, and the importance of investments for the average American.
  • Dr. Carole Myers of the UT College of Nursing speaks with Dr. David White, Interim Dean of UT's Herbert College of Agriculture about antimicrobial resistance (AMR), named one of the most serious global public health threats of the century.
  • WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with Dr. Ted Olson of ETSU about James Hobart Stanton, the owner of Rich-R-Tone Records, one of the state's first record labels, the first in East Tennessee, and the first anywhere that had a primary focus on bluegrass music.
  • Mental illness is a significant global health crisis. In late 2021, the US Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, issued an advisory about the youth mental health crisis. In Knoxville and East Tennessee, youth are struggling with depression, anxiety, and behavioral disorders. In Tennessee, suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10 to 17. Dr. Carole Myers speaks with Dr. Stephen Loyd, Chief Medical Officer for Cedar Recovery, VP of the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners, Chair of the Tennessee Abatement Count, and a member of the University of Tennessee SMART Policy Network.
  • Knox County fares well in the County Health Rankings, but those rankings do not reflect two important concerns: Overall Tennessee is a relatively unhealthy state, with a ranking of 42 among the 50 states. Within Knox County, there are subpopulations that fare far worse than other subpopulations. The differences between top-performing groups of people in Knox County and the East Tennessee region and those with poor performance, is significant. We call these differences health disparities. Dr. Carol Myers of the UT College of Nursing speaks with Dr. Keith Gray, Chief Medical Officer of the UT Medical Center.
  • The University of Tennessee Department of Religious Studies annual Siddiqi Lecture this year is on Islam, Race, and Social Justice. Dr. Butch Ware is an Associate Professor of History at the University of California - Santa Barbara and an historian of both Africa and Islam. He spoke with WUOT's Chrissy Keuper about his research, about how African Islam differs from Islam in other areas of the world, and about his personal relationship with Islam.
  • There are certain groups of people that are afflicted with stigmatizing disorders: Substance Use Disorder (SUD), HIV/AIDS, and Hepatitis C, all of which are stigmatized and not well understood by the public. Stigma has a negative impact on access to health care services, as well as the quality of services received, and can be linked to policies that perpetuate inequities. Dr. Carole Myers of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing speaks with Wanda Montalvo, Senior Fellow and Team Lead for the National Association of Community Health Centers.
  • The Kyiv City Ballet began a long-planned European tour on February 23rd, 2022, taking what became one of the last flights out of Ukraine as Russian troops invaded the country the next day. The Kyiv City Ballet now remains on tour indefinitely and is performing in Tennessee. Ivan Kozlov is the ballet’s founder and director and he spoke with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper.
  • More than a century ago, the idea for a veterans memorial on the University of Tennessee’s Knoxville campus was born, but never came to fruition until this year. It honors students, faculty, and staff from UT campuses statewide who died in military service from World War I to the present. WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Logan Hickman, who headed the UT Army ROTC Alumni Council's effort to get the The University of Tennessee Armed Forces Veterans Memorial installed.