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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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Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency

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.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

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.

TBI via Twitter

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.

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.

NFL Draft Nashville
Blake Farmer / WPLN

When the NFL Draft descends upon downtown Nashville on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the result will be nothing short of organized mayhem. There are road closures, business closures and rerouted public transit.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

This morning, Sylvia Rapaport is not herself. She’s Janet, a woman just coming out of prison after serving 20 years for murder and drug charges. And she’s trying to report to her probation officer, a no-nonsense woman sitting on the other side of a folding table.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

For the first time, the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency is running local radio and TV ads, hoping to attract a different kind of tenant than it typically serves.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

The Mayor’s Office is dedicating $500 million toward boosting affordable housing in Nashville, much of which will go toward converting low-income housing into mixed income.

Over the next decade Nashville promises to put $350 million toward the housing authority’s plan to rebuild the city’s aging public housing as a mixture of low, moderate and higher income apartments.

Metro Nashville Police Department

The Metro police officer who was dragged by an ATV last weekend says that despite what the video may show, he did not grab ahold of the rider and try to tackle him. 

Sgt. John Bourque spoke to reporters for the first time on Wednesday. He says he thought he might get run over by the ATV if he hadn’t grabbed on after being struck by it.

"So I grabbed the handle bars and pulled myself up on it," he says.