Michael Edward Miller

Around & About Executive Producer/News Director

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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In 2013, Sybil Baker began working on a book about immigrants and refugees who have resettled in Chattanooga, Tennessee. At the request of people who reviewed early drafts, she began including stories of her own travels, including a "reverse migration" from America to Ankara, and 12 years she spent living in South Korea before moving to the Scenic City and teaching at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

She joins us to talk about Immigration Essays, which also examines Chattanooga as a destination: its legacy of racism, and gentrification affecting the MLK neighborhood downtown.

SPECIAL EVENT: At Star Line Books on 2/15 at 7 pm, she will be celebrating her book launch with special guests George Conley and Earl Braggs.

Glenn Miller's “Chattanooga Choo Choo” was such a phenomenal hit that RCA honored Miller with a novel trophy: a copy of the record pressed in gold on February 10, 1942. The song boosted tourism in Chattanooga, Tennessee, inspiring local businessmen to save a historic train station from demolition and refurbish it.

By 1942, more than 1.2 million copies of the song had been sold. And that was no small thing--the biggest seller in years. RCA manager W. Wallace Early celebrated by presenting Glenn Miller with a trophy during a live radio broadcast.

If Tennessee legislators say yes to everything Governor Bill Haslam touted Monday evening, you'll pay more while driving to the grocery store, but you'll save while shopping. 

And if you've never earned a college degree, you could get one tuition-free.

Practically on a whim, Joan Kroc made the biggest public radio pledge in history: around $250 million dollars to NPR. 

She could afford it. Her husband was McDonald's corporation founder Ray Kroc, and Ray and Joan were worth billions. Ray's life was well-publicized, most recently in the Michael Keaton film The Founder.

That film is based on a true story.

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Hamilton County Republicans gathered at Puckett's Restaurant to cheer and clap as Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Other Chattanoogans gathered at the Bitter Alibi and reacted more somberly, recalling Trump's sometimes-harsh and divisive campaign rhetoric.

In this audio piece, they speak of their hopes, fears and expectations regarding Trump's promise to make American great again.

Area businesses, restaurants and schools are invited to take part in Pink! Week, January 23 through 28. It benefits the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center, and precedes the 12th annual Pink! Gala (which is now sold out). Listen to this story for more information. 

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Chattanooga State received a $15,000 NEA Big Read Grant in 2016 to support a citywide reading project, and the first chapter begins Thursday.

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A federal class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of the Woodmore bus crash victims alleges Hamilton County school officials could have prevented the deadly wreck.

Two law firms--Murphy, Falcon & Murphy and Berke, Berke & Berke--filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee on behalf of the six children killed and dozens more injured in the crash that occurred on November 21, 2016.

Prior to the wreck, 24-year-old bus driver Johnthony Walker had trouble enforcing discipline on the bus. The lawsuit alleges Walker threatened the children and drove recklessly, slamming on the brakes and swerving, in a sadistic attempt to restore discipline.

Days before the fatal crash, two students wrote complaints about Walker, saying he went too fast, and emails show officials were aware of those complaints and other concerns about Walker's driving.

When Chattanooga's Judge Raulston Schoolfield died in 1982, the New York Times noted his passing:

Judge Raulston Schoolfield, removed from the criminal bench on charges of bribery and extorting campaign help from racketeers but later elected as a lesser jurist, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 76 years old. Mr. Schoolfield's impeachment and conviction by the state Senate in 1958 led to his disbarment and removal as a County Judge...

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Chattanooga Police Officer Joe Warren said school bus driver Johnthony Walker must have been going about 20 miles per hour over the speed limit before he swerved off narrow, winding Talley Road. The crash killed six Woodmore Elementary school children, and Walker faces criminal charges.

At a preliminary hearing, Warren testified that there was no indication Walker applied the brakes before the crash, and bus video showed Walker using his cell phone while children were on the bus, which is illegal.

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St. Paul & The Broken Bones are performing at Track 29 on Wednesday, December 14.

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher hopes a rising reward amount will help catch a shooting suspect. Last week, it was $6,000. This week, it’s nearly been doubled for information leading to the arrest of a man who allegedly shot an officer.

“The reward amount is now $11,500,” Fletcher said at a press conference Monday. “We believe this level of financial incentive will encourage anyone with knowledge of the suspect to call 911.”

The second installment of Chatt About Science, this city's Science Cafe series, is coming up Dec 8 at the Chattanooga Brewing Company. The events are informal, fun discussions with local scientists. Listen to an interview with organizer Sarah Webb and presenter Dr. Manuel Santiago.

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The National Transportation Safety Board has completed the first phase of its investigation into a the Woodmore Elementary school bus crash that killed six children, but the driver wouldn’t answer the NTSB’s questions.

The crash happened November 21st. Johnthony Walker veered off a neighborhood road, hitting a telephone pole and a tree. It’s unclear why. His attorney advised him to not speak with the NTSB. He’s been charged with six counts of vehicular homicide in a separate, criminal investigation.

Chattanooga residents are being asked to stay on the lookout for a shooting suspect who targeted a Chattanooga police officer. A reward of $6,000 is being offered for information leading to the suspect's arrest. The shooting happened at 9:24 Thursday morning in the Glendwood/Mission area and sparked a manhunt. 

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