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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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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. 

Joe Buglewicz for WPLN

It's more or less human Tetris. Moving families of varying sizes around Nashville’s largest public housing complex so it can be torn down and rebuilt.

That’s because the city made a promise to overhaul the James A. Cayce homes without displacing low income families. And now, the city has the messy job of following through. Dozens of residents are supposed to be moving next month, but many say they’re still waiting on details.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

Oakland Court in Murfreesboro is a small, sleepy complex. Driving through the 20-acre neighborhood filled with tidy lawns and compact brick homes, you may not even realize it's public housing.

But the city has plans to tear down and rebuild this development.

Shalina Chatlani / WPLN

The family of a black man who was shot and killed by a white Metro police officer is suing the city for $30 million, according to a complaint filed in federal court Monday. The suit blames the Nashville police for the death, claiming the department is racially biased.

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Chas Sisk / WPLN

Nashville-area home prices have cooled significantly. New data compiled by local real estate agents show prices are still going up, but only by a fraction of what they were in previous years.

Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

The Martha O'Bryan Center is known throughout Nashville for its work with low-income residents and has been embedded in East Nashville's James Cayce homes for decades. As Cayce is being overhauled into mixed-income housing, the nonprofit is about to move one of its charter schools into that complex. But the new school building has received pushback from some city officials.

Larry McCormack / The Tennessean


Editor's note: This story was reported in partnership with Nate Rau of the Tennessean.

The Martha O’Bryan Center surprised the East Nashville public housing project that it has served for 70 years in June 2017, when it decided to shutter its longtime preschool and day care program for low-income children.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

A white Nashville officer is under intense scrutiny after fatally shooting a black man while he was fleeing, allegedly with a gun.

Now, as Officer Andrew Delke faces a homicide charge, one Vanderbilt doctoral candidate has crunched more than a year of his traffic stop data, which suggests some trends in his style of policing.

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