Meribah Knight

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Meribah Knight is a journalist who recently relocated to Nashville from Chicago, where she covered business, the economy, housing, crime and transportation.

Most recently she was a staff reporter with Crain’s Chicago Business covering manufacturing in the Rust Belt, aviation and transportation. Prior to Crain’s she was a staff reporter with the Chicago News Cooperative, producing the Chicago section of The New York Times. There she covered a wide range of topics from arts & culture to education to poverty. She was an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. 

Her writing has appeared The New York TimesThe New YorkerO, The Oprah MagazineUtne Reader, American Craft, Chicago Magazine, Crain’s Chicago Business and The Chicago Reader. Her radio and multimedia work has been featured on WBEZ, The PBS News Hour and Chicago Public Television. 

A native of Cambridge, Mass., Meribah has a Masters of Journalism from Northwestern University and a BA from New York University. She lives in Donelson with her husband, a photojournalist with the Tennessean, and their four cats. 

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Developers of the Greer Stadium site agreed to step aside and let a city-led archeological study take place. In recent weeks some opponents claimed the project, which abuts a Civil War-era site called Fort Negley, would build on top of the graves of former slaves.

And music producer turned developer, T-Bone Burnett had strong words for those pushing back against the project. He blasted the claims as "undiluted wickedness," saying they only served to stoke the fires of racial hostility.   .   

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Nashville has big plans to overhaul its aging public housing. And it won't be cheap — likely to cost billions of dollars and take decades to complete.

It's made possible with a newer federal policy that puts public housing back into the hands of local agencies, allowing them to take out loans on the property.

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Nashville's annual Night Out Against Crime came in the midst of a summer that's seen a dramatic rise in violence. At a park in East Nashville, a neighborhood where shootings are the highest in decades, parents and police gathered for a night of peace.

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Nashville's Parks Department is reconsidering its offer to let a private developer take over large portions of a neighborhood park near Music Row. The move comes after Edgehill residents pushed back against a California-based developer using the space as a staging area.

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A private developer has taken over large portions of a neighborhood park just off Music Row — to use as a staging area — and some neighbors are furious.

They say no one told them that for at least the next year, most of Tony Rose Park would be the property of one of Nashville's biggest developers. They say the move signifies a new level of intrusion.

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The Department of Justice is recommending that Nashville conduct a thorough study of its policing culture. The direction comes after a white Metro police officer fatally shot a black man earlier this year.

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On any given afternoon, the Nashville Zoo's lorikeet habitat is a symphony of chirps and squawks. The green, blue and red parrots zip around their enclosure, looking for visitors to perch on.

But on August 21st, at 1:27 p.m., bird keeper Ashley Gwaltney isn't quite sure what they'll sound like.

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When 19-year-old Vastoria Lucas was shot multiple times next to a playground in an East Nashville public housing complex, her murder shocked the neighborhood.

She was a high school senior, a dedicated basketball player — an all-around good kid. And the brazenness of the killing, on a beautiful day with kids playing all around, stunned even the police.

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These numbers are starting to sound like more of the same, but this is beyond the consistent uptick in home prices over the past several years.

Home prices in Nashville just made their biggest annual leap in recorded history. That's because inventory is low and buyers are willing to pay for the property they really want, real estate agents say.   

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District Attorney Glenn Funk is defending state investigators’ decision not to re-interview a key witness in the fatal shooting of Jocques Clemmons by a city police officer. Funk said the investigation’s mission was to gather the facts independently, and he trusted state agents to do just that.

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