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.

The newest faculty member of the University of Tennessee’s Religious Studies department is teaching remotely from Baltimore. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper caught up with Larry Perry to talk about African American religious thought and the impact of religion on the Black Lives Matter Movement.

In January, Tennessee was in good economic shape after a decade or more of consistent growth. Jobs were prevalent. Businesses, especially small businesses, were enjoying good times. But in March, the COVID-19 pandemic brought lockdowns statewide, meaning record business closures and unemployment. 

So, where are we now?

The world’s largest nuclear fusion project has been in development for more than 30 years and is now entering its assembly phase in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France. The ITER project is also the world’s largest collaboration of scientists and researchers, including some working for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Kathy McCarthy is ITER’s US Director and is based at ORNL.

During the first surges of the COVID-19 virus in the United States in March, social distancing measures became mandates for many Tennesseans. Many medical professionals and insurance companies began making telehealth options more available to patients. That included mental health specialists who were looking for and using telehealth options to work with their patients. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with three mental health clinicians who are now using teletherapy in their practices.

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper hosted our June Dialogue, as we got out of lockdown and took the train with Todd Steed. He was our tour guide for his pre-COVID jazz music travelogue that became the podcast, “Improvisations to Go”.

Flying Anvil Theatre will present a play written to be performed online. The players will perform “Do You Read Me?” live, via Zoom. WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with director David Ratliff about the play and the pros and cons of digital performance.

More information can be found here.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has led to big questions about the state of public health and all of the factors that contribute to keeping communities healthy are now in the spotlight. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with Dr. Marcy Souza, an Associate Professor and Director of Veterinary Public Health at the University of Tennessee, about the university’s One Health initiative.

Knox County Election Commission

Clifford Rodgers has been Knox County’s Administrator of Elections since May of 2011. He announced in March of 2020 that he didn’t want to face another highly polarized presidential election and that he will retire at the end of May. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper caught up with Rodgers to talk about the state of election protocols in Knox County in the age of COVID-19.  

You can find information about Knox County elections here

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As the world struggles with the pandemic coronavirus and COVID-19 disease, Tennesseans are sharing their anxieties and their methods for finding calm amidst the fear with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper.

MEDIC Regional Blood Center

An already dire blood shortage in Tennessee and other states is being made worse by the fear of the coronavirus and COVID-19. MEDIC Regional Blood Center is feeling the pinch. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with Kristy Altman, MEDIC’s Director of Communications and Donor Engagement, about the current blood shortage and about what protocols MEDIC has in place to keep blood donors and the community safe.

To donate, you can call 865.521.2658 or visit