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Meribah Knight

Reporter & Host

Meribah Knight is a journalist who relocated to Nashville from Chicago, where she covered business, the economy, housing, crime and transportation. She is the host of The Promise podcast. 

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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courtesy of Urban Housing Solutions

An affordable housing development in North Nashville opened more units, with a focus on the arts.

The development at 26th Avenue North and Clarksville Highway includes 43 apartments set aside for working artists. They're among 168 apartments that are eventually planned for what's envisioned as a multi-generational, arts-inspired community.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

More than two years after the fatal police shooting of Jocques Clemmons, the Metro Police Department still hasn’t completed its internal review of the incident. Instead, it’s stuck in a state of limbo.

Courtesy of MDHA

The widow of a man fatally shot at a Nashville public housing development is suing the city’s housing agency for wrongful death and negligence.

Tia Fitzpatrick-Young brought the suit, for $2 million, over the death of her husband, Glen Young Jr. He was visiting his ailing sister at the Edgehill Homes when he was struck in the chest by a stray bullet, allegedly shot during an illegal craps game.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

Before Councilman John Cooper ran for mayor of Nashville, he was a perennial thorn in the side of Metro government, giving a hard no to a number of the city’s high-profile development plans and openly criticizing many Metro agencies.

It turns out all that naysaying resonated with the voters.

Cooper came out ahead of incumbent Mayor David Briley in 85% of the city’s precincts, according to voter analysis by WPLN. Cooper’s success was, in part, his ability to channel residents’ frustration with the state of neighborhoods.

Chas sisk / WPLN

Metro Parks has deferred a decision on whether to move the Confederate Private Monument from its place near the Parthenon to another section of Centennial Park. 

The delay is meant to give the Parks Board time to consider a second option — simply adding interpretive signage that could save the city the hassle of a state review.

Courtesy of MIX

A new video released on Thursday shows in more detail the first moments of an hours-long standoff between immigration agents and a Hermitage man. In the video, agents are recorded threatening the man with calls to Metro Police, despite a city policy barring them from getting involved.

Courtesy of MDHA

Nashville’s Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency has a long history in the city. It built the first public housing in the late 1930’s, then pivoted to more commercial endeavors like the convention center and a parking garage. 

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

A new Metro audit describes poor oversight of the city’s affordable housing fund. It reveals significant issues, including slipshod monitoring of how its money is spent.   

Courtesy of MDHA

The mayor’s office announced plans to build two new affordable housing developments in North and East Nashville. It’s the first step in Mayor David Briley’s Under One Roof plan—to spend $500 million building affordable housing over the next decade.


 Update: This story has been updated to reflect the Wednesday vote by the Rutherford County Commission.

Rutherford County commissioners voted on Wednesday to increase the property tax by 5.7%. This means Murfreesboro residents are facing two separate property tax hikes. One at the city level, and another at the county level.