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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Former Tennessee economic development commissioner Randy Boyd has been securing endorsements from county mayors in his bid for governor. And on Wednesday he locked down support in the state's most populous county.

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Nashville-based HCA is on a relative hospital buying spree. Company executives told investors Tuesday that they see an opening as the health care business becomes more challenging, especially for some of its competitors.

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One of Tennessee's most economically distressed counties has landed a startup textile manufacturer that says it will create 1,000 jobs. Textile Corporation of America is opening up shop in Pikeville.

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The name may be familiar. Tennessee Bank & Trust, which has been part of a bigger company, is now striking out on its own. That bucks a recent trend since Tennessee had lost nearly a bank a month over the last three years, primarily through mergers and acquisitions.

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Metro Schools is committing to test all drinking fountains for lead prior to the start the fall semester. This is an expansion and acceleration of lead testing that's already underway, which comes after the district has been getting pushback for glossing over potential problems with the water.

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Even many Nashville natives don't know about the head-on train crash at Dutchman's Curve on July 9, 1918. It killed 101 people — mostly African Americans — and by most counts remains the deadliest train accident in American history.

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Anyone under 18 who lives in Davidson and the surrounding counties can now walk into one of Nashville's biggest tourist attractions at no cost. It's part of a programming initiative the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has dubbed "Community Counts."

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Nashville's middle schools are adding mandatory coding class for the first time. It's part of a larger curriculum overhaul for middle grades. But the district doesn't have many coding teachers because programmers are in such high demand. So administrators turned to a local charter school that faced the same dilemma three years ago.

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A children's home in Green Hills has decided to sell its historic campus. The board of Monroe Harding voted Wednesday to put its remaining 22 acres on the market.

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Updated 3:30 p.m.: Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker says delaying a vote on the health care bill should show that the senate wants "to get it right." He says in a statement that he will work over the next few days to "resolve a number of legitimate issues."

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