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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Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration / via Facebook

The Obama Administration is going out with a regulatory jab at the Tennessee Walking Horse. On Friday, the USDA released a batch of stricter rules to prevent a practice known as soring.

HHS / via Twitter

Passionate parents are blitzing the Metro school board this week in a push for Bellevue to have its own high school again.

courtesy Donna Richmond

Administrators in Nashville wasted no time apologizing for not cancelling classes sooner Friday morning.

Brian Latimer / WPLN (File photo)

The latest skirmish about contamination near a coal-fired power plant in Gallatin involves a disagreement over raw ground water testing data.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

New public health research confirms what Tennessee has known for years: The number of drug-dependent newborns is growing fastest in rural areas.

courtesy The Elephant Sanctuary

Two African elephants who recently retired from the Nashville Zoo have died within days of each other at the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald.

courtesy NWS via Twitter

A forecaster with nearly total recall of Nashville's climate stats over half a century retired Tuesday from the National Weather Service office in Old Hickory.

TN Photo Services

It had been a quiet season for the flu in Middle Tennessee until Tuesday. Then, by midday on Wednesday, 60 people had been hospitalized with laboratory confirmed cases of influenza, meaning scores more are sick, just not so ill that they go to the hospital.

Marc Hill / courtesy Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Business leaders say they want Nashville's public schools held more accountable for improving literacy among students. In an annual report card from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, they conclude there's been little — if any — improvement across the district.

courtesy TVA

President-elect Donald Trump will get an immediate opportunity to reshape the panel that governs Tennessee's power utility. Congress adjourned without confirming President Obama's nominees to the TVA board, and those Democratic appointees probably won't get another chance.