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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"I travel with a crystal ball," Rebecca Ryan jokes. As a futurist, she does a lot of travelling--and a lot of predicting. Of course, she uses data rather than mystic arts--she says she's informed by trends in five areas: society, technology, economy, environment, and politics. Lately, she's visited the Scenic City, and she's coming back next week. It's part of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce's visioning process, tentatively titled "A Vision for Economic Prosperity."

The second installment of Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's summer reading series, Books with Berke, is a memoir about mentorship. Marian Wright Edelman's Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors will be discussed on Thursday, August 23rd at Waterhouse Pavillion, along with a mentorship fair. 

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Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the United Way will hold a mentoring fair and panel on Thursday, Aug. 23 at Waterhouse Pavilion.

Phil Bredesen, the former Governor of Tennessee now running for U.S. Senate as a Democrat, has a proposal. If elected, he would work toward legislation allowing a governmental agency, the Tennessee Valley Authority, to provide broadband in underserved rural areas. His Republican opponent, U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn, agrees rural broadband is a big priority--but she favors free-market solutions. In this story, they discuss their points of view.

The Chattanooga City Council is not in a hurry to decide whether three city buildings should be declared as surplus—not until they get more information from Mayor Berke’s office about the finances involved and the potential economic impact.

At Tuesday night’s council meeting, the agenda included three resolutions about surplusing these three buildings, which are all located downtown around the Innovation District. Rather than voting yes or no on the resolutions, the council voted to table them.

When Gwen Douglas Hester first met Robert Sparks Walker, a notable Chattanooga author and naturalist, she had no idea who he was.

“I just thought he was this guy,” Hester says, “that was crazy about birds and flowers and knew more than anybody I’d ever heard talk about them.”

UPDATE 8/14/18 at 7:45 PM: The council voted to table the resolutions and wait for more information about the potential financial impact of the proposed building sale.

The Chattanooga City Council is scheduled to vote this evening on declaring three city-owned buildings as surplus, but a citizen coaltion is questioning the process.

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More than a century ago, Chattanooga city planners intended MLK Boulevard (at the time, it was named Ninth St.) to extend all the way to the Tennessee River. For some reason, construction never made it quite that far. Now it's finally happening. City officials on Thursday broke ground on a new extension that will take MLK through the Blue Goose Hollow area. The project is estimated to cost $3.5 million, and road construction could be completed by early 2020.

A robocall from a (bad) Trump impersonator was one point of interest in a mostly drama-free Hamilton County primary season. Looking toward November, the real Trump is already involved in Tennessee politics, endorsing U.S. Rep Marsha Blackburn as she faces former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen in the race to win the U.S.

Chattanooga has numerous outdoor sculptures, statues, murals and other works of public art. City officials, in partnership with consultants Barbara Goldstein and Gail Goldman, are seeking your input as they plan for the future of public art around town.

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After years of rejections, controversial NFL legend Terrell Owens is finally in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He accepted the honor—but rejected the invitation to join other players on Saturday at the induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio.

Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic join us to discuss their new bestseller INDIANAPOLIS: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man.

They'll have a book signing at Chattanooga's Star Line Books on 8/4 at 6 pm.

Hamilton County primary and general elections take place August 2, 2018. WUTC is airing interviews with candidates. Here are some other great ways to find out who's running and what's on your ballot:

For sample ballots and general information about where and when to vote, visit the Hamilton County Election Commission’s Web site.

Hamilton County, Tennessee elections are coming up August 2. In this interview, we're speaking with Jim Coppinger, the Republican incumbent Mayor of Hamilton County. Coppinger is seeking re-election.

More information about the upcoming primary and general elections is here.

Hamilton County, Tennessee elections are coming up August 2. In this interview, we're speaking with Aloyse Brown, the Democrat running for Hamilton County Mayor.

More information about the upcoming primary and general elections is here.

Hamilton County, Tennessee elections are coming up August 2. In this interview, we're speaking with Victor Miller, the Democrat running for Hamilton County Sheriff.

More information about the upcoming primary and general elections is here.

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