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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courtesy Office of Rep. Steve Cohen / via Facebook

Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen says President Trump's comments following the deadly white supremacist rally in Virginia show he's not fit to be president. In a statement, Cohen says he will introduce articles of impeachment — becoming the second Democrat to do so.

Fort Campbell
Stephen Jerkins / WPLN (File photo)

The 101st Airborne Division will be on alert as a rare solar eclipse crosses Middle Tennessee on Monday. Fort Campbell has decided to suspend regular business for the day.

Evan Zucker

In the largest recall so far in Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt University Medical Center says it can't trust the 8,000 pairs of eclipse glasses it gave out over the weekend at the Williamson County Fair.

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Vanderbilt's eye clinic is preparing to triage any patients who stare too long at Monday's eclipse. An ophthalmologist and retina specialist will be on standby.

courtesy LEAD Public Schools

A prominent charter school operator in Nashville has abandoned an effort to open two additional sites. The plan from LEAD Public Schools was rejected this summer by the Metro school board.

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TDOT is discouraging Tennesseans from trying to chase a view of next week's eclipse on the interstate, whether to dodge clouds or lengthen the viewing time. Emergency responders aren't sure what to expect, but they're worried about the potential for gridlock or even chaos.

courtesy Nissan North America

The United Automobile Workers just can't seem to get a big win in the South. After years of organizing at a Nissan plant in Mississippi, the vote a week ago went down just like it had twice before at its flagship plant in Smyrna. The UAW claims worker intimidation is a big factor. But organizers are also having a hard time convincing folks they need a union when their jobs may already seem like the American dream.

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State officials first had to get a good count of Tennesseans with disabilities who've been able to hold down a paying job before setting a goal to double the figure in five years. So they surveyed the local agencies that help administer benefits from the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

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Williamson County Schools is making new student drivers sit through a safety course with their parents. It's a response to the six students killed in car accidents last year.