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Cathryn Stout is the bureau chief for Chalkbeat Tennessee. She spent six years as a journalist at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis where she won the Horizon Award for outstanding performance from an early-career journalist. She worked as a features reporter and columnist before pursuing a career in research and education. Prior to joining Chalkbeat, she worked with students and families in Connecticut, serving as an assistant dean of equity and inclusion, a history department chair, and a teacher. Cathryn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Wellesley College, a Master of Arts in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi, a Doctorate in American Studies from Saint Louis University, and a Presidential Fellowship at Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.

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Legal scholar Jennifer Collins elected Rhodes College president 

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Shelby County requests emergency clarity on its authority to require masks

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