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Frank N. Carlson

About Frank N. Carlson


Frank joins Metro Pulse from a tour of duty in Washington D.C. at The PBS Newshour. While there, he began writing columns on East Tennessee's Congressional delegation for Metro Pulse in March 2008.

Other career highlights include a fellowship from the Carnegie and Knight Foundations, a teaching stint at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing, and a Master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. (Not to worry, hometown traditionalists—he was born and raised in Knoxville, graduating from Webb School in 2001.)

Frank covers city government, the environment, media, politics, development, and whatever else seems interesting in the Knoxville world. Feel free to contact him with story ideas or suggestions.

Position History

  • Staff Writer
    07/01/2009 - 10/01/2010

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Recent Work

  • Meet Your Next Governor Published 09/29/2010 at 9:46 a.m.

    Next Thursday the race for the governor returns to Knoxville, with our own Mayor Bill Haslam squaring off against Jackson beer king Mike McWherter for a debate at the University of Tennessee.

  • True Test of KUB’s Tree Panel Still to Come Published 09/29/2010 at 9:17 a.m.

    Two weeks ago, the KUB Tree Trim Policy Review Panel—a name designed seemingly to both tie your tongue and dull your mind—delivered its long-awaited report to a City Council committee with not a small amount of fanfare and self-congratulation. The ...

  • Castles in the Sky: Visiting the Minister’s Tree House and the House of the Almighty Published 09/22/2010 at 1:45 p.m.

    If God told you to build a giant structure by yourself (even if you’re not exactly an architect), would you do it? Two East Tennessee men faced this Noah-like quandary, and forged ahead with their ongoing construction projects. Floyd Banks ...

  • Green Ways and Highways Published 09/22/2010 at 10:16 a.m. 1 Comment

    Fresh off its induction as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, next weekend Knoxville will host the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Tennessee Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ annual statewide ...

  • Studying the Inspirations of 'God’s Architects' Published 09/22/2010 at 10:09 a.m.

    In late spring of 2005, about three months before Hurricane Katrina arrived to devastate the Gulf Coast and its peoples, a 25-year-old graduate student at the Tulane School of Architecture named Emilie Taylor set out on a road trip across ...

  • “Meet” a Supreme Court Justice Published 09/15/2010 at 9:58 a.m.

    It’s a big week for the University of Tennessee.

  • The Official Insider's Guide to Knoxville, Vol. 2 Published 09/08/2010 at 12:11 p.m.

    Knoxville: It’s a tough town. And if you don’t learn the ropes fast, you’re liable to get bruised. But don’t worry—we’re going to make life easier for you. All you have to do is read our second volume of tips, ...

  • Slim Pickings Published 09/08/2010 at 9:47 a.m.

    Other than a Metropolitan Planning Commission meeting with no particularly sizzling items on the agenda, there’s not a whole lot of bureaucracy to busy yourself with over the next week.

  • Roane County Residents Voice Support for Stricter Coal Ash Regulation Updated 09/08/2010 at 2:56 p.m.

    More than a year and a half after that disaster, the Environmental Protection Agency is still working to put in place a federal framework governing the storage and disposal of coal ash to prevent another Kingston accident from occurring.

  • More Ridges to Meet Published 09/01/2010 at 9:49 a.m.

    The second public meeting to discuss the draft plan from the Joint City-County Task Force on Ridge, Slope and Hillside Development and Protection takes place this Thursday.

  • Best Outdoor Sports Store: River Sports Outfitters Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    It’s great to have a place like River Sports Outfitters, which provides not only good equipment but also access to the sports themselves, making it more than a retail shop and something of a community and lifestyle hub.

  • Best Neighborhood Bar/Pub: Preservation Pub Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    Preservation Pub is the best neighborhood bar because it embodies Knoxville at its best.

  • Best Martini: Sapphire Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    At Sapphire on Gay Street, a martini feels like the appropriate thing to order.

  • Best Fight Against Inertia: Downtown Living Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    The Knoxville I remember most from my adolescence consisted largely of suburbs and strip malls, expanses of concrete and asphalt upon which telephone poles, traffic lights, and billboards marked spaces unique only in that they were a particular arrangement of ...

  • Best Bike Shop: Bike Zoo Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    The Bike Zoo sits back in Downtown West Shopping Center, a location it’s held since 1993 that allows it to cater to both the campus crowd and one further west, in Bearden and Sequoyah Hills.

  • Best Foreign Foods Grocery: Holy Land Market Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    The Holy Land Market on Sutherland Avenue is a bit of an anomaly: Where else can you find a selection of fine Middle Eastern staples like falafel and hummus—try the sun-dried tomato and basil, or the roasted red pepper and ...

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