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Meribah Knight


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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When the police department released footage of Officer Joshua Lippert shooting Jocques Clemmons after he ran a stop sign and allegedly brandished a gun, something felt strangely familiar to De’Anton Gipson.

Courtesy of MNPD

The Metro police department has released the personnel file of Joshua Lippert, 32, the officer who fatally shot a man in the Cayce homes last Friday. 

Barbers and hair stylists in Tennessee are one step closer to cutting hair in their customers’ homes. On Tuesday, a bill to legalize in-home haircuts jumped its first legislative hurdle when it was passed by the Senate Commerce Committee.

Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris, D-Memphis, sponsored the bill. He sees the current rules, that in most cases bar home haircuts, as an inconvenience for customers.

"This bill changes that law and tries to provide a reasonable path for barbers to provide haircuts at the customer’s home," Harris says.

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Looking to curb Nashville’s affordable housing shortage, the city has awarded five non-profit developers a total of $10 million dollars in grants. The funding comes through the Barnes Housing Trust, and it’s the most ever awarded.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

This is a story about when your neighborhood goes from affordable to in demand. That’s what happened to Janice Key. She moved into her house on Archer Street in the Edgehill neighborhood in 1992. Today, most of her neighbors have sold their homes to developers. But Key has not. She’s resolved to stay put until the price is right.

In the early 90's, when Key, 64, found out her Church was building low-cost homes just blocks away from where she grew up, she knew she wanted in. She chose a lot on the high side of the sleepy dead-end street with sweeping views of downtown.

Courtesy of Smith Gee Studio

Nashville’s public housing agency has unveiled the design for the next phase in its ambitious plan to demolish and rebuild the James A. Cayce Homes, the city’s largest subsidized housing community.

The mixed-income complex is the first of its kind in the neighborhood. But the city has been scant on details and it’s leaving some residents anxious about the logistics of such a major overhaul.

Courtesy of Ryman Hospitality Properties

The same company that owns the Opryland Convention Center announced Wednesday its plan to build a $90 million water park next door.

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On a recent Sunday, Pastor Morris Tipton greets his congregation with sturdy handshakes and big hugs. Tipton is the pastor at First Baptist Church East Nashville, a church nearly as old as the city itself.

Courtsey of Gordon Jewish Community Center

It was the second time in nine days. On Wednesday at 9:25 a.m., the phone rang at the Gordon Jewish Community Center.

A voice — robotic or human, they’re not quite sure — was on the other end of the line: "There is a bomb in your building, we want to kill all the Jews," recalls Leslie Sax, the center’s executive director.

A proposal to expand a large mobile home park in Nashville has been shelved for the foreseeable future. The deferral came after the park owner terminated a number of residents’ leases with no explanation.