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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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Metro Schools Superintendent Shawn Joseph said at a board meeting Tuesday that he won't balance the district's budget shortfall by cutting teachers or funds for students. That's despite the fact that Metro Schools needs to slash $17 million from next year's budget.

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The field of Nashville mayoral candidates is thick: Thirteen people have filed the necessary paperwork to run for Nashville's top office.

They veer from the unorthodox  — a master barber, a former limo driver — to the more traditional lawyers and politicians.

More: WPLN's Complete Coverage Of The 2018 Mayoral Election

To familiarize voters with the menagerie of contenders, WPLN put together a quick and dirty cheat sheet. Who are these people? What are their big ideas?

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The killing of four people at a Waffle House in Antioch is exposing the frequent breakdown between the law enforcement agencies that regulate gun ownership.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The decision to move Nashville's election to May 24 is sending the county's election commission into a frenzy. What usually takes months to plan will now happen in less than six weeks.

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A group of local activists is launching a petition to resurrect the proposal for a police community oversight board. The goal is to get a referendum on the November ballot so Nashville voters can decide whether community oversight of police is necessary.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

Nashville's Police Department is hoping that a recent daylong diversity tour will help its newest cadets be better, more empathic officers. Zigzagging the city last week, the recruits heard from the Muslim community, immigrant groups, African American students and LGBTQ leaders. 

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Major League Soccer is coming to Nashville. And while the new stadium is expected to give the city's broader economy a jolt, community groups are looking for something more lasting, and more personal.

It was quite a sprint — and Metro has now concluded its budget hearings, which will inform the budget that's due soon from Mayor David Briley.

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Sgt. Rob Forrest, the former bodyguard for ex-Mayor Megan Barry, was a 31-year veteran of the Nashville Police Department — which entitles him to a hefty pension. But after he pleaded guilty to felony theft earlier this week, that pension could be at risk.

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David Briley will be the new Mayor of Nashville. While it's a name that may be unfamiliar to some, Briley has been active in city politics for two decades and has family ties to the founding of Metro Government itself.

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