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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.

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Rural jail populations surge again posing new risks as coronavirus cases spike

By: - November 2, 2020

After an initial reduction in jail populations at the start of the epidemic, thousands of men and women have been newly incarcerated in local lockups across Tennessee — creating overcrowded conditions in rural counties even as the state experiences record levels of death and infection as COVID-19 continues its spread outside urban areas. Data from […]

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COVID-19 case load becomes critical in Northeast Tennessee

By: - October 26, 2020

In a 21 county region encompassing northeast Tennessee and parts of Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky, officials at one hospital chain say they are on the verge of exceeding their capacity to care for coronavirus and other patients. Ballad Health provides the vast majority of hospital care in the region known as the Appalachian Highlands […]

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Nashville Rescue Mission women’s shelter closed amid COVID-19 outbreak

By: - October 20, 2020

The Nashville Rescue Mission’s women’s campus is now closed to new admissions after scores of residents and at least six staff members tested positive for coronavirus, according to the Metro Public Health Department and a Rescue Mission spokeswoman. An additional 40 people connected to the campus have tested positive for coronavirus since 16 initial cases […]

COVID cases rise 50% among school age children across Tennessee since early August

By: - October 16, 2020

At a COVID-19 briefing Thursday morning, Nashville Public Health Director Dr. Michael Caldwell cautioned that the city is seeing an unwelcome upsurge in coronavirus infections. Among the driving factors? Children, from infants to 17 years old, whose case rates have spiked 93% since the beginning of September, Caldwell said. Case rates mark the prevalence of […]

Demonstrators hold banners in an abortion rights rally outside of the Supreme Court as the justices hear oral arguments in the June Medical Services v. Russo case on March 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Louisiana abortion case is the first major abortion case to make it to the Supreme Court since Donald Trump became President.(Photo: Sarah Silbiger, Getty Images)

Nashville DA Glenn Funk joins list of prosecutors pledging not to enforce laws criminalizing abortion

By: - October 15, 2020

Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk has joined a list of more than 60 elected prosecutors who have pledged not to enforce laws criminalizing abortion in a collective statement released Thursday. The statement pledged a commitment from prosecutors in 30 states and the District of Columbia to “not prosecute women who obtain abortions and health care […]

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Nashville voters wait in long lines on first day of early voting

By: and - October 15, 2020

Nashville voters flocked to the polls on Wednesday, in some cases standing in long, socially-distanced lines for hours on the first day of early voting. Tennessee isn’t exactly a battleground state, with President Donald Trump widely expected to safely win its 11 electoral votes. Republican candidate Bill Hagerty is also viewed as the decisive favorite […]

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Judge strikes Tennessees’s 48-hour abortion waiting period, but the wait may not be over

By: - October 15, 2020

A federal judge on Wednesday handed abortion rights supporters a major victory when he struck down a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions that has been a routine part of terminating a pregnancy in Tennessee for the past five years. It remains unclear whether the ruling will give women more immediate and full access […]

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Nashville women’s shelter under quarantine amid COVID outbreak

By: - October 8, 2020

About 150 residents of the Nashville Rescue Mission’s women’s campus are now under quarantine after an outbreak of COVID-19, according to the Metro health department. “The Metro Public Health Department has been working with Nashville Rescue Mission officials on a cluster (fewer than 20) of cases,” an email from spokesman Brian Todd said. “We have […]

Demonstrators hold banners in an abortion rights rally outside of the Supreme Court as the justices hear oral arguments in the June Medical Services v. Russo case on March 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Louisiana abortion case is the first major abortion case to make it to the Supreme Court since Donald Trump became President.(Photo: Sarah Silbiger, Getty Images)

Two legal defeats in one week for Tennessee attorneys seeking to uphold restrictive abortion laws

By: - October 5, 2020

A federal judge has shot down efforts by state attorneys to kickstart one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws while a legal challenge that will likely take months or years is underway. Tennessee’s so-called “heartbeat” abortion law, enacted by state lawmakers and signed by Gov. Bill Lee in May,  bans abortions once a fetal […]

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Report ranks Tennessee one of top five for kids in state custody with COVID-19

By: - October 1, 2020

More than 1,800 children and teens involved in juvenile justice systems across the nation and in Puerto Rico have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began, a report released Wednesday by The Sentencing Project has found. Tennessee is one of five states with the highest number of positive cases among kids in custody: 146 […]

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Federal judge temporary halts Tennessee’s so-called “abortion reversal” law, set to go into effect Oct. 1

By: - September 30, 2020

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Tennessee law requiring abortion providers to tell women a medication abortion can be reversed — a claim that providers have called “scientifically unsupported and misleading information.” The law, enacted earlier this year by Tennessee lawmakers, was set to go into effect October 1. It makes it a […]

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Taxpayer funded corporate incentives fail to produce promised jobs

By: - September 29, 2020

When Canadian entrepreneurs touting a healthy new snack product scouted Kingsport, Tenn. as their new headquarters in 2015, local economic development officials like Clay Walker were enthusiastic. They sampled the gluten-free, non-GMO fruit and vegetable bars and worked to seal a deal that would bring 273 jobs to the northeast Tennessee town of 54,000 in […]