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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.

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Fisk University breaks ground Friday on a new building for the first time in nearly three decades. School leaders hope it will get the attention of Nashville's business community on the historically black college and its students. 

The Roland G. Parrish Center for Career Planning and Development will be sleek and modular, according to its renderings — a change from some of the ornate, Gothic Revival buildings on campus.

TBI via Twitter

The seven people found dead in Sumner County over the weekend include the father, mother and uncle of the suspect.

The other four victims' relationship to the suspect is still unclear, authorities said at a press conference Monday morning. The suspect, 25-year-old Michael Cummins, remains in custody.

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We contend that the only thing better than a runner's high is the feeling of listening to a great podcast. When a compelling story sparks your curiosity and has beautifully crafted sound design, the result is a sense of edifying wonder about the world around you.

So why not merge the two? As you run the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon this weekend — or any race, anywhere — boost your spirit of discovery and learn more about the city by listening to these nine Nashville Public Radio episodes.

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For someone who's not Christian, Amy-Jill Levine has spent a remarkable amount of time thinking about Jesus.

Levine is a New Testament scholar at Vanderbilt University, but unlike most of her colleagues in the field, she is Jewish. This means she is exceptionally adept at having conversations about religion with people who believe different things from her — which can be emotionally fraught.


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

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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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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.