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 boards of the Marble City Opera and Discover Life in America, 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.

More than a quarter of Tennessee counties don’t have a hospital and a fifth don’t even have an emergency facility, though they may have an ambulance service. When a hospital closes or there's no hospital at all, rural economies suffer. It's impossible to recruit businesses and to keep employers, residents, and retirees in the area. The communities impacted by all of this are disproportionately made up of the uninsured, the elderly, the chronically ill, and those living in poverty.

A weekend sales tax holiday on school supplies, clothing, and computers has just ended while a tax holiday on food sales continues through Thursday, August 5th. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with Bill Fox, Director of the University of Tennessee’s Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, about the pros and cons of tax holidays for consumers and for state and local economies.



Photo by Chrissy Keuper

Something very special is happening on the University of Tennessee campus. Jeff Martin, Greenhouse Manager, and Kaitlin Palla, Assistant Greenhouse Manager and lecturer, of UT’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department are waiting for the event to unfold on the fourth floor of the Hesler Biology Building. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with them about what's going on. 

The Delta variant of the COVID virus currently makes up about 83% of all cases of COVID in the United States and case counts continue to rise. Dr. Carole Myers, Professor in the University of Tennessee College of Nursing speaks with Dr. Mark Rasnake, board-certified infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist with University of Tennessee Medical Center, to help us understand what is going on with the Delta variant and the implications of the current situation.  

This Thursday, July 29th, the League of Women Voters Knoxville/Knox County is holding a forum for those running for Knoxville City Council. This time around, there are 13 candidates for five council seats. The forum will be livestreamed on WATE-TV and Facebook.

Tennessee's rural healthcare system is crumbling, due to the closure of rural hospitals and a lack of primary care in rural areas. Dr. Carole Myers of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing speaks with Tennessee State Senator Dr. Richard Briggs about how the lack of rural healthcare isn't just a healthcare issue.

The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy on the University of Tennessee - Knoxville campus isn’t well known in the Knoxville area, but it has become very well known at the state and federal levels as a research hub and think tank in Energy and the Environment; Global Security; and Leadership and Governance. This summer, the Baker Center’s leadership is changing.

Tennessee struggled to provide mental health services statewide before the pandemic. Now, the need for mental health support is even higher, but the availability of practitioners and counselors has fallen. One service provider is TN Voices, which, like many other providers, is looking for clinicians to add to their staff.

Military installations, activities, and operations; U.S. Department of Defense contracts; and a significant number of retired military personnel in the Knoxville area are generating an annual economic impact of $2.98 billion.

The radio show Your Weekly Constitutional is coming to an end. The show’s host, Stewart Harris, is an Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law. Harris spoke with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper about what he thinks is the most important constitutional issue of our time.