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Anita Wadhwani

Anita Wadhwani

Anita Wadhwani is a senior reporter for the Tennessee Lookout. The Tennessee AP Broadcasters and Media (TAPME) named her Journalist of the Year in 2019 as well as giving her the Malcolm Law Award for Investigative Journalism. Wadhwani is formerly an investigative reporter with The Tennessean who focused on the impact of public policies on the people and places across Tennessee. She is a graduate of Columbia University in New York and the University of California at Berkeley School of Journalism. Wadhwani lives in Nashville with her partner and two children.

Zhu Jun (L) of China competes against Gerek Meinhardt of the United States in the men's individual foil round of 16 fencing event at the Fencing Hall at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Lawsuit: US Olympic fencing organization failed to prevent sexual abuse of Nashville athlete

By: - August 9, 2022

Officials with USA Fencing, the national governing body for the sport, knew that Nashville’s premier swordsmanship coach was engaging in sexually inappropriate and abusive behavior, yet failed to act before the sought-after instructor went on to sexually abuse a 13-year-old girl over a two-year period, a lawsuit filed in federal court alleges. The coach, Robert […]

A month after abortion ruling, closed clinics and uncertainty in Tennessee

By: - July 26, 2022

In the month since the U.S. Supreme Court ended the federal guarantee to an abortion, at least two Tennessee clinics have announced they will close, other providers are directing patients out of state and advocates are gearing up for upcoming battles at the state Capitol.   Currently, Tennessee has a 6-week abortion ban, which outlaws abortions […]

Jennifer Nichols, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services. (Photo: tn.gov)

DCS chief is replaced — the latest departure from Gov. Bill Lee’s cabinet

By: - July 22, 2022

Department of Children’s Services Commissioner Jennifer Nichols has been replaced — the latest among Gov. Bill Lee’s cabinet to leave state government. Nichols’ tenure — Lee appointed her to the job in 2019 — was marked by controversies that included a Tennessee Lookout report last year of children sleeping in state office buildings and news […]

Tennessee State Capitol. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Study: state should not restrict local government authority over development

By: - July 22, 2022

In Tennessee local governments have long required developers to dedicate portions of their land for public use — to widen roads or add sidewalks, for example — often over the developers’ objections. Last year, Sen. Paul Bailey, R-Sparta, and Rep. Ryan Williams, D-Cookeville, introduced a bill to try and limit local government’s authority over such […]

Emergency use authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine for kids under 5 is pending. (Photo: John Partipilo)

24 Tennessee counties newly at “high risk” for COVID, as infections rise across the state

By: - July 20, 2022

If it seems like more people in your orbit have been coming down with COVID recently, it’s not your imagination. COVID is spreading again, not yet at the same high levels of last spring, but the disease is experiencing a noticeable spike in Tennessee and across the country. One in four Tennessee counties is now […]

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Early voting is underway: Here’s what you need to know about how to cast your ballot in Tennessee

By: - July 19, 2022

Tennessee’s early voting season is underway ahead of the August 4 primary election, which features each party’s candidates for governor, the state Legislature and Congress — along with five open seats on the Tennessee Supreme Court. The midterm elections in some of Tennessee’s 95 counties also include races for district attorney, local judges and ballot […]

The Tennessee Valley Authority's Cumberland Fossil Plant. (Photo: Courtesy of TVA)

U.S. Supreme Court’s recent environmental ruling renews spotlight on TVA

By: - July 11, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling limiting the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon emissions that cause climate change has renewed the spotlight on the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public utility and Tennessee’s primary source of electricity. The case involved EPA efforts to implement a key provision of the Clean Air […]

Fagustina Alvarez and daughter Brizeyda, 5, at a shower hosted at Nashville's Cathedral of Praise by Meharry Medical College.(Photo: John Partipilo)

Abortion ruling adds urgency to need for uninsured Tennesseans to gain coverage

By: - July 8, 2022

In the decade since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling left Medicaid expansion decisions to individual states, healthcare advocates have tried — and failed — to get Tennessee’s GOP-led General Assembly and Republican governors on board. The court’s decision last month ending the Constitutional right to abortion creates an even greater need for urgent action to […]

Tennessee Right to Life held a press conference Friday in the Tennessee Capitol. Lawmakers including Rep. Scott Cepicky, R-Culleoka (by Tennessee flag, partially obscured,) Sen. Jack Johnson, R-Franklin, in navy jacket and khaki pants, and at far left, House Majority Leader Williams Lamberth, R-Pprtland. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee Right to Life savors victory and looks to next legislative goals

By: - July 5, 2022

For decades, Tennessee Right to Life has helped set the anti-abortion agenda in Tennessee, providing lawmakers with the bill language and backing to successfully enact abortion restrictions. In recent years, restrictions have included waiting periods, layers of added regulations on abortion clinics, required cremation or burial of fetal remains and prohibitions on prescribing abortion medications […]

Hope Clinic in Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Molotov device, vandalism found at Nashville pregnancy center

By: - July 1, 2022

Federal and local authorities are investigating an overnight attack Thursday on a pregnancy counseling center in Nashville, where a window was left smashed with an un-ignited Molotov cocktail device found inside, according to Metro Nashville police who called it the “first act of vandalism seen as related to the U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.” The […]

Historic Metro Nashville Courthouse (Photo: Nashville.gov)

Court denies Memphis TV reporter access to DCS file in teen’s starvation death

By: - July 1, 2022

A Davidson County Chancellor has denied a Memphis TV reporter access to the full Department of Children’s Services case file on a 14-year-old Bartlett boy, found dead from starvation in 2020, because the criminal case against his mother and six other adults remains ongoing. WREG journalist Stacy Jacobson filed suit in May seeking access to […]

Planned Parenthood clinic

6th Circuit lifts injunction on Tennessee’s 6-week abortion ban

By: - June 28, 2022

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a block on Tennessee’s 6-week abortion ban Tuesday, allowing the 2020 near-total ban on abortions to take effect and effectively ending access to the nearly all abortions in Tennessee. “In light of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization… and with the parties’ consent, we vacate the district court’s […]