Blake Farmer

News Director

Blake Farmer is Nashville Public Radio's news director. While he still makes time for some reporting, he's the primary editor of WPLN's on-air stories. When he's in the field, his reporting focuses on education and the military. But a good story is a good story, which is why he's also done pieces about frog gigging and churches holding gun raffles. 

Blake grew up in East Nashville, attending Lipscomb Academy. He went to college in Texas at Abilene Christian University, where he cut his teeth in radio at KACU-FM. Before joining WPLN full time in 2007, Blake also wrote for the Nashville City Paper. He's an active member and past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists Middle Tennessee Chapter. And he keeps his audio recorder with him, even on vacation, just in case there's a story to be told.

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President Trump has announced his picks to fill out the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors. The slate includes a coal executive and a leader at Oak Ridge National Lab.

TN Photo Services (file)

Tennessee has approved another sizeable rate hike for Obamacare insurance plans. But the state's insurance commissioner is also highlighting the failure of a bi-partisan plan to stabilize the federal marketplace.

Metro Schools classroom
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

New scores meant to show student improvement for the last academic year reveal a wide discrepancy among Nashville-area districts.

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A prominent resignation spotlights a fundamental push-and-pull in Nashville's charter school movement. Internal documents have been released related to the departure of the CEO from LEAD Public Schools.

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A network of four charter schools in Nashville has settled a lawsuit over sending automated text messages to prospective families. The class-action suit accused RePublic of breaking federal communication law meant to prevent spam texting.

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Tennessee's attorney general has weighed in on whether school districts can withhold student data from charter schools that want it for recruiting purposes. According to the state's top attorney, they cannot.

Census Bureau

The number of Tennessee residents without health insurance has dropped to just 9 percent, even though the state has rejected Medicaid expansion. Tennessee was near 15 percent amid the recession and prior to Obamacare's implementation.

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Industrial employers in Tennessee have seen a big drop in what they're paying to insure their workers on the job. The latest proposed rates represent a 36 percent decrease since workers comp laws were overhauled in 2014.

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Roberts / 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs

The 101st Airborne is moving to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The division based at Fort Campbell has shipped out 370 soldiers, 35 helicopters and 40 vehicles.

Trans Health Conference / via Facebook

Nashville medical providers say southern states need help figuring out how to care for transgender people. Panelists from Middle Tennessee addressed a transgender health conference in Philadelphia this weekend.