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Emily Siner

News Director

Emily Siner is the 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 veterans. She's traveled around Tennessee to tell national news stories for NPR and Marketplace.

Emily began at the station in 2014 as an enterprise reporter. She soon launched the station's first podcast and has since helped the station develop a whole fleet of shows with live events. She became the newsroom's assistant news director in 2016 and news director in 2017.  She has been named the Associated Press Radio Journalist of the Year and has received two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for her reporting.

Emily is 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's not intimidated by Nashville winters. Emily is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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The slick roads Tuesday meant that Nashville drivers couldn't be in much of a hurry. And at some grocery stores, Nashville shoppers couldn't either.

Around noon on Tuesday, the parking lot of the Kroger on Rosa Parks was full of cars and slush. Shannon Himes, who lives around the corner, was waiting outside the entrance with her dog as her husband Scott picked up groceries. But he came out empty handed.

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The conversation around Tennessee Promise has focused largely on community colleges. What’s lesser known is that the funding can be used at a number of four-year schools in the state as well — specifically, those that offer associate degrees — and some are trying hard to recruit Tennessee Promise students.

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This weekend marks an important deadline for high school seniors applying for the Tennessee Promise scholarship: If they want to stay eligible for free community or technical college, they have to fill out a federal financial aid application by Feb. 15.

It can be a burden filling out the FAFSA, which stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Families have to detail their financial status, such as how much they make and what their assets are.

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As Nashville’s seven major mayoral candidates congregated at a forum hosted by the Nashville Business Journal, one of the big questions revolved around competition:

"If a Fortune 500 company were looking to relocate to Williamson County, how would you bring it to Davidson County instead?" a moderator asked.

Businesswoman Linda Rebrovick pointed to her career experience, saying she knows how to sell Nashville to big companies. Attorney Charles Robert Bone, on the other hand, said Nashville’s authenticity does a good job of selling itself.

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In real life, Kiara Beard is a senior at Overton High School. Today in class, she has a new role: pharmacist.

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Making good on promises: That was one of the themes to emerge Monday night from Gov. Bill Haslam's State of the State address.

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Nashville has a new fund to help artists purchase affordable housing and studios. The Housing Fund, a nonprofit that finances affordable housing around Middle Tennessee, has received a $200,000 grant and pledged $400,000 of its own for loans.

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Nashville has had more job growth in advanced industries since the recession than any other metro area in the country, according to a new study from the Brookings Institute, and it's largely thanks to motor vehicle manufacturers.

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Some Nashville mayoral candidates waited until the last 20 minutes to hand in their campaign finance reports.

These statements, due Monday afternoon, show how much money they’ve raised and spent since July and provide insights into their campaigns.

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 Of the many high school students who applied for Tennessee Promise, three-quarters are taking the next required step to get free community college: meeting their mentors. These are volunteers who will help them through the college application process.