Michael Edward Miller

News Producer & Host

A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Michael Edward Miller is WUTC's News Director and the Executive Producer of Around and About Chattanooga. His favorite radio programs and podcasts include This American Life, Radiolab and Everything Is Stories. During WUTC fund drives, he looks forward to cats clawing out another Pet Wars Day victory.

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The first woman from Tennessee elected to a full term in Congress has died at age 89.

A personal tragedy put Chattanooga Democrat Marilyn Lloyd into the race for the U.S. House in 1974. Originally, her husband was the Democratic nominee for East Tennessee in that election. After he died in a plane accident, she replaced him and won, beating the Republican incumbent.

A family systems coach is coming to Chattanooga to talk about a theory that views families as emotional units and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit.

In this interview, I’m speaking with Illinois State University historian Dr. Amy Wood about the legacy of lynching in the South and a Chattanooga tragedy that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dr. Wood is the author of Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890-1940.

She visited the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga recently to talk about Ed Johnson, a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman in 1906. Johnson was lynched on the Walnut Street Bridge, and efforts are underway to create a memorial to this often-forgotten murder that had major legal implications for all of us.

On Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 5:30 pm Eastern, Dr. Wood will speak at the University of the South about lynching. Watch a livestream of the event here.

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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is celebrating the largest private donation in the school’s history. Alumnus Gary W. Rollins and his wife are giving $40 million to UTC’s College of Business. The couple visited campus Thursday for a renaming event.

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Former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen and U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn are both proposing ways to close the federal budget deficit, which is increasing despite a strong economy. Both Bredesen, a Democrat, and Blackburn, a Republican, are November candidates for the U.S.

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You might say it’s downtown Chattanooga’s newest music venue: the EPB Community Stage at the newly-renovated Miller Park is a building with a glass front that lifts up like a garage door. It overlooks a new 25,000 square-foot greenspace where people can walk, play, and sit and watch performances.

All day Friday, September 14, there will be live music, children’s activities, and performance art to celebrate the park’s re-opening after a year of renovation work.

Amanda Brown joins us, the Executive Director of the Creative Arts Guild, and Leanne Martin, the Operations & Events Director, to talk about the upcoming festival in Dalton.

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WUTC is speaking with Democratic, Republican, and independent candidates ahead of the November 6th midterm elections. Today, Joda Thongnopnua joins us. He's a Democrat running for Tennessee State House District 30, which includes East Ridge and East Brainerd. He faces Republican Esther Helton and independent J. Michael Holloway.

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The opioid crisis affects children as well as adults. Community leaders gathered in a conference room at the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce to talk about those sometimes-forgotten victims during a panel Council For A Strong America organized.  Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy discussed how new training is teaching officers to be more empathetic toward children, and Major General Leslie Purser talked about the opioid crisis's effect on military recruitement.

Welcome Home of Chattanooga provides a home to people who are terminally ill and have nowhere else to go; particularly, homeless people or people without much family support. The nonprofit also hosts educational events for anyone interested in end-of-life-care, including hospice workers and the general public.

La Paz Chattanooga's mission is to guide, connect and strengthen Chattanooga's Latino community through advocacy, education, and inclusion. Angela Garcia, Director of Marketing and Business Development, joins us to talk about their 2018 Latino Leadership Awards. The public is invited to the ceremony on September 17, and part of the voting is open to the public.

William "Buddy" Scarborough wrote a Harvard Business Review article earlier this year about gender inequality in management positions, and joins us to talk about his research. Scarborough tells us about women and men being disproportionately represented in certain industries’ top positions. He also talks about the situation in Chattanooga.

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Let America Vote founder Jason Kander joins us to talk about voter suppression and how his organization is encouraging young people to vote. Kander will be in Chattanooga Wednesday, August 29th for Cap, Gown, Vote! At the event Wednesday evening, Kander, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, and members of the Mayors Youth Council will build strategies for registering, mobilizing, and energizing first-time voters in our community.

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Retiring U.S. Senator (and former Chattanooga mayor) Bob Corker met with Chattanooga Christian School students in an auditorium, and he invited them to ask him questions on any topic. He also spoke with WUTC after the event.

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