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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An actor portraying an early Frederick Douglass (pre-white hair) performed at an East Nashville park that — after Wednesday — more clearly honors the abolitionist and former slave.

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The mathematician known for inventing a controversial way to measure teacher effectiveness has died at age 74. Even Bill Sanders' obituary tries to explain how TVAAS works.

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A second case of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in Lincoln County. The flock that tested positive was less than two miles from the farm where bird flu was found earlier this month.

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Curators at the Hermitage hope they'll have time to show President Donald Trump around Andrew Jackson's home when he visits on Wednesday. There's at least one artifact they'd like for him to see: a 230-year-old candle.

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The Hermitage will have to close on what was expected to be a day of celebration for Andrew Jackson's 250th birthday. But the museum's CEO says they don't mind shutting down for the expected visit by President Trump on Wednesday, which will be the first by a sitting president in 35 years.

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A poultry farm in Giles County has tested positive for bird flu. The facility was going through routine testing this week which revealed a low pathogenic strain, believed to be unrelated to last weekend’s outbreak in Lincoln County.

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Nashville's housing market continued its relatively steady march upward in February, with a nine percent increase in activity over last year. Some buyers and sellers are also noticing that the real estate frenzy has become more broad based.

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The board of Metro Parks has corrected an 80-year-old typo.

The panel voted unanimously Tuesday to clarify the name of East Nashville's Fred Douglas Park, to make sure it honors the famed abolitionist and orator, who spelled his name with two Ss and formally went by Frederick.

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Veterinarians in Tennessee are still trying to pinpoint the source of a bird flu outbreak — a process that could take weeks. The highly pathogenic avian influenza was found at a chicken plant in Lincoln County near the Alabama border. There is little risk to humans.

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Reading isn't usually a competitive sport. But for braille readers, it can be. In fact, a senior from the Tennessee School for the Blind was crowned the state champ last week. The friendly contest is part of a struggle to keep the written language relevant.