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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Professors at Tennessee Tech University say they're seeing some downsides in their freedom from the Board of Regents. Six universities broke away from the state system in the last year. Now, they're finalizing their first budgets.

courtesy LEAD Academy

One of the pioneering charter school networks in Nashville has lost a bit of confidence from district administrators. The Metro Schools central office is recommending denial of two separate applications for new schools from LEAD. 

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Tennessee companies have been increasingly intrigued by a throwback to apprenticeships. And President Trump is hoping to spark a revival. He has announced a loosening of Labor Department regulations and a boost to government grants, which could entice some who've been on the fence.

courtesy Tennessee Whiskey Trail

Kentucky has its bourbon trail. And now Tennessee has a 25-stop whiskey tour. The Tennessee Distillers Guild is making the announcement Monday.

MNAA / via Twitter

Monday was the busiest day ever for people departing Nashville International Airport. 25,000 people boarded a plane. It was a 10 percent jump from the previous single-day record. And the previous record was set on the same Monday after Bonnaroo and CMA Fest last year.

Office of Senator Bob Corker / via Facebook

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker took some air out of the room as he began a hearing over the Trump administration's State Department budget on Tuesday.

U.S. Army

The U.S. Army has posthumously awarded Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts to three soldiers killed in Afghanistan Saturday. The men were all based at Fort Campbell. Their identities have been confirmed, but the military only says they died of "gunshot wounds." Otherwise, the incident is under investigation.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins hoisted the Stanley Cup in Nashville Sunday night, notching back-to-back NHL championships and ending a historic run for the Predators.

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Fewer Americans are waking up before dawn, putting on camouflage and toting a rifle into the woods. Young people, especially, are slower to take up what has become — for most — an expensive hobby.

But Tennessee's hunting numbers have held steady in recent years, and hunters in the state are hoping to pass on the love of the game to the next generation.

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Nashville Public Library has won top honors among its peers. The system has been named "Library of the Year" by industry publication Library Journal, which called NPL a "champion of diversity and inclusiveness and a literacy gladiator."