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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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Weddings are big business in Gatlinburg. In fact, by some estimates, this tiny resort town is second only to Las Vegas for destination weddings. The wildfires that killed 14 people and damaged 1,700 structures also destroyed one of Gatlinburg's matrimonial icons: Cupid's Chapel of Love.

Warner Music Group is beginning their push to fill 175 new jobs in Nashville. And they’re looking for numbers people.

Nashville has long been the creative engine behind some of the music industry’s most lucrative artists. Today, though, as the industry changes, so are the types of jobs that come with it.

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Change is coming to a lot of backyards in Middle Tennessee, sometimes putting friends and neighbors at odds.

Ruffling feathers in Williamson County is a proposal to turn two massive farms into a dense development of condos, single family residences and a golf course. This is the story of two neighbors with opposing ideas for how to preserve their community. 

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Last Tuesday, outside a Nashville polling place, WPLN met two neighbors and close friends who happened to be on opposite sides of the political spectrum, at least this year. One was voting for Donald Trump. Another, a newly minted U.S. citizen, was casting his first presidential vote for Hillary Clinton.


Realtors and home builders in Williamson County are pushing back against a proposed tax on new home construction. The plan aims to raise revenue for schools in the county—which is expected to double its population in the next 15 years.

Joe Nolan

Within hours of Donald Trump’s victory, a small group of Nashville Latinos gathered to pray for the U.S. government. Another went about her daily business, urging herself to be optimistic, and an immigration lawyer braced for an onslaught of anxious clients.

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Outside a polling place in Donelson on election day, two neighbors ran into each other. 

Linda Pfannerstill and Jaime Rodriguez have lived in the same neighborhood since the '90s. More than 30 years after immigrating to the U.S. from Mexico, Rodriguez was voting in his first U.S. election. He showed his citizenship papers to Pfannerstill. 

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Nashville’s so-called gig economy is booming. The number of people making a living driving for Uber and Lyft, among other app-based jobs, has doubled over the past few years. And they’re rising faster here than nearly every other American city, according to a recent Brookings Institution study.

But what that study didn’t tell us, is who these people are. So I decided to spend a day gigging my way around Music City to meet them.

National African-American Music Museum in Nashville
Courtesy of Oliver McMillan

The National Museum of African American Music has hit yet another stumbling block. Several Metro Council members are calling for an independent evaluation of the proposal and accusing the developer of falling short of its original promise.

Meribah Knight

Political yard signs can be a line in the sand between one neighbor and another. But this election season, Don Wiley, of Donelson, is using his homemade signs to encourage his neighbors to take the long view.