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Emily Siner

News Director & Host

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 three 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.


A tractor-trailer caught fire after an accident Monday morning, delaying traffic and likely destroying an entire load of mail.

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Metro Nashville will likely start paying more to run its recycling program. The city is in the middle of renegotiating its contract with Waste Management, the company that handles the recycling process after materials are collected.

But the Public Works department says Nashville is committed to continuing its recycling program — and indeed is increasing pickup to twice a month — at a time when other cities are starting to abandon their efforts.

Austin Peay State University

A unique species of crayfish that lives only around Fort Campbell has been officially recognized by the scientific community. But already, the crustacean seems to be facing challenges in its habitat.

Researchers from Austin Peay State University recently had their findings published in the Journal of Crustacean Biology

Tennessee Board of Regents screenshot

More students are completing their degrees at community colleges.

That's good news for the Tennessee Board of Regents, which met Thursday for its quarterly meeting. The TBR system, which includes the state's 13 public community colleges, has long struggled to raise graduation rates.

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Stephen Jerkins / WPLN

State lawmakers delivered a decisive blow Wednesday to the idea of closing off Tennessee's primary elections.

Even the watered-down version of the bill, which gave voters the option of registering with a political party, was met with skepticism.

Tennessee Department of Transportation

Crews have begun cleaning up the mudslide that's closed a section of Interstate 24 on the north side of Nashville. But the Department of Transportation estimates that it could be a week or more before the road reopens.

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A Supreme Court decision in the 1980s known as Tennessee v. Garner is back in the public eye. It came up during the court proceedings for Nashville police officer Andrew Delke, who this week pleaded not guilty to  a first-degree murder charge for a fatal shooting in July. 

Nashville recycling
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

From plastic straws to old lightbulbs and shredded paper, it’s not always obvious what can be recycled through Nashville’s curbside program.

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Unlike most New Testament experts, Vanderbilt Divinity School professor Amy-Jill Levine is Jewish.

Her lessons are sprinkled with Yiddish phrases, and she attends an Orthodox Jewish synagogue in Nashville. That's given her a unique perspective on Judaism and Christianity — two religions that have diverged from the same source, took different interpretations of similar texts and collided repeatedly throughout history.