Jessica Taylor is the lead digital political reporter for NPR. Based in Washington, D.C., she covers the 2016 elections and national politics for NPR digital.

Before joining NPR in May 2015, Taylor was the campaign editor for The Hill newspaper where she oversaw the newspaper's 2014 midterm coverage, managed a team of political reporters and wrote her own biweekly column.

Since entering the enticing world of professional journalism in the mid-2000s, Jason Rosenbaum dove head first into the world of politics, policy and even rock and roll music. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Rosenbaum spent more than four years in the Missouri State Capitol writing for the Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri Lawyers Media and the St. Louis Beacon. Since moving to St. Louis in 2010, Rosenbaum's work appeared in Missouri Lawyers Media, the St. Louis Business Journal and in the Riverfront Times' music section. He also served on staff at the St. Louis Beacon as a politics reporter. Rosenbaum lives in St. Louis City with with his wife Lauren Todd, an engineering librarian at Washington University.

April Gunter, a theatre teacher at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, has been named the 2015 Teacher of the Year by the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

Over the past 10 years, Gunter has actively participated in TPAC Education programs, arranging field trips for students to see plays, applying TPAC lesson plans in her classroom, and regularly attending professional development training offered by Humanities Outreach in Tennessee (HOT), TPAC’s annual season for young people.

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MTSU sociology and anthropology professor William H. “Will” Leggett’s work is part of a new art exhibit opening Tuesday, May 5, in the Rotunda Gallery of Murfreesboro’s City Hall, located at 111 W. Main St.

Leggett, a cultural anthropologist who focuses his academic expertise on globalization, colonization, economic anthropology and urban anthropology, is a 2013 Outstanding Teaching Award recipient from the MTSU Foundation and a member of the advisory board for MTSU’s Center for Popular Music and the university’s Institutional Review Board.

Who: Nearly 40 MTSU student veterans who are seniors, degree candidates and anticipating graduation Saturday, May 9

What: The first MTSU Graduating Veterans Stole Ceremony

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 5

Where: Cantrell Hall in the Tom H. Jackson Building, 628 Alma Mater Drive, MTSU campus, Murfreesboro TN 37132 (

A VERY busy weekend for Murfreesboro Police

May 4, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It was a busy weekend for Murfreesboro Police.

The MPD reports there were four armed robberies in the city during the period between Friday morning and Sunday night. Those robberies included one incident in which a woman reported having her illegal drugs stolen while trying to sell them and an unrelated incident where a man reported having his money stolen at gunpoint while trying to buy drugs.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Just in time for Mother’s Day a new study suggests Tennessee is a surprisingly good place for working moms to find and hold a job.

Our reporting partners at the personal finance website ranked Tennessee 22 among the 50 states, but it ranked well above every Southeastern State except Virginia.

Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez says the study rated twelve metrics. Tennessee scored its highest marks in the area of childcare costs.

Latest mid-state consumer survey a mixed bag

May 4, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Mid-state consumers are feeling better about the local economy than they have in a decade.

The Office of Consumer Research at Middle Tennessee State has released its quarterly consumer sentiment survey.  It shows consumer sentiment up 33 points over last quarter. It’s also at its highest point since 2004.

Survey director, Dr. Tim Graeff, says mid-state consumers are especially bullish about the local economy. He says one reason is a “growing optimism regarding the local job market.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  The controversial Dutch politician invited to deliver the keynote address at the Garland, Texas, event targeted by terrorists on Sunday is no stranger to Middle Tennessee.

Geert Wilders is well-known in Europe and the U.S. for his anti-Muslim rhetoric. He has reportedly been on Al Queida’s hit list for years.