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Meribah Knight

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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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It’s easier to say what the James Cayce Homes doesn’t have than what it does.

There is no coffee shop. No laundromat. No corner store. No restaurant or café. It’s hard to get a pizza delivered. Sometimes the mail doesn’t make it.

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As Nashville’s Metro Council works to finalize the city budget, members will be debating whether to raise the property tax. As that conversation swirls — and after a succession of tough budgets — WPLN asked the four leading candidates for mayor whether they’d be willing to allow a tax hike once elected.

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Nashville plans to conduct an in-depth analysis of the fines and fees associated with its criminal justice system.

The announcement comes in the midst of a national push to overhaul the criminal justice system’s reliance on court and jail fees. One that advocates say is an antiquated system that disproportionately impacts poor and minority citizens.  

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Among the youngest contenders in Nashville’s mayoral race, Democratic state Rep. John Ray Clemmons is trying to position himself as a charismatic leader that he says the city has been lacking.

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At-large Councilman John Cooper is known for his obsession with transparency and sound fiscal policies. It's a skill set Nashville needs now more than ever, he argues, which is why is why he’s running for mayor.

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Nashville’s housing authority has claimed for years that its ambitious plan to overhaul public housing could be done almost exclusively with private financing. But now, the city is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in the project. And the move has some officials worried it could leave Metro on the hook for even more.

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Tennessee has some of the most far-reaching state laws overwriting local policies on things like minimum wage, paid sick time and affordable housing, according to a new study from the Partnership for Working Families.

And some experts say Tennessee’s effort to put the interests of business first on such issues could actually slow Nashville’s growth. Especially when it comes to affordable housing.


Tennessee has a new law to help families stay together when a parent faces incarceration. The legislation, known as the Primary Caregiver Bill, requires courts to consider options for keeping a parent with their children.

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Among the questions that emerged after seven bodies were discovered in Sumner County on Saturday was why the suspect wasn’t already in custody.

Michael Lee Cummins had a long criminal history and was on probation for another crime at the time of the murders.

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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.