Emily Siner

Assistant News Director

Emily Siner is the assistant news director at Nashville Public Radio and host of the Movers & Thinkers podcast. She also reports on a wide range of topics, including higher education, science and military veterans. She's traveled around Tennessee to tell national news stories for NPR and Marketplace.

She's passionate about storytelling on all platforms and spoke at TEDxNashville in 2015 about the station's efforts to share audio online. Before joining the news staff at WPLN, Emily worked in print and online journalism at the Los Angeles Times and NPR. She was born and raised in the Chicago area, so she is not intimidated by Nashville winters. Emily is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Law enforcement agencies reassured community members Wednesday night that they are working hard to keep Jewish organizations secure and track down the origins of threats. Nashville's Jewish Community Center hosted the discussion after it received three bomb threats since the beginning of January.

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Fort Campbell would dearly love to see some of the $54 billion in defense funding that President Trump has proposed. The commanding general of 101st Airborne says that the Army post could use more soldiers, as well as long-awaited updates on buildings.

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Some in Tennessee's congressional delegation are reserving full judgment about the new health care plan proposed by House Republicans.

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The first class of students who went to community college for free under Tennessee Promise is graduating this spring. Some might go straight into the workforce, some plan to transfer to public universities — but private colleges are starting to make a concerted effort to recruit them, too. 

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A retired sergeant major from Fort Campbell is among the wounded veterans painted by President George W. Bush in a new book released this week, called Portraits of Courage.

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Administrators at Vanderbilt University are urging graduate students not to form a union. In a recent email, the school's provost and dean of grad students wrote that if they organize, the relationship between the university and its students would be unnecessarily disrupted.

Davidson County Sheriff's Office

The Davidson County sheriff says he'll more closely monitor the number of requests his office is getting from federal officials to hand over immigrants in custody. This comes after President Trump's administration detailed plans to increase deportation enforcement.

State Library & Archives

The Tennessee State Library & Archives is attempting to preserve as many artifacts from World War I as possible, a century after it was fought. Historians are traveling around the state to photograph papers, uniforms, even firearms that have never been documented.

The state just wrapped up a similar project with items from the Civil War. That project got a big response, helping the state archives digitize about 4,000 Civil War artifacts.

The University of Tennessee System

The president of the University of Tennessee system will highlight its stronger financials and increasing graduation rates at the annual State of UT address today.

Joe DiPietro will also reiterate that the school is "committed to diversity and inclusion," he said last week.

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Tennessee's insurance commissioner says she's talking to Humana about maintaining coverage in parts of the state next year, despite the company's announcement Tuesday that it intends to leave the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange nationwide.

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