About The Program
Nashville Public Radio is committed to strengthening the public’s understanding of the issues facing consumers, providers and the many companies that deliver and support health care. Our goal is to be an essential source for trusted health care information for audiences in our community and beyond.
Home to a dynamic network of more than 400 health care companies, Nashville is recognized globally as a center for innovation and collaboration. As the nation’s health care industry capital, Nashville offers unique opportunities to cover this vital topic in all its dimensions.
With generous support from industry leaders, we created a dedicated Health Care Reporting Desk within WPLN’s News Department, led by Senior Health Care Reporter Blake Farmer. As members of the Kaiser Health News Network, we will have access to Kaiser’s deep editorial resources and guaranteed access to a national audience through NPR.
Nashville Public Radio gratefully acknowledges our local funding partners who make health care reporting possible:
- Nashville Health Care Council
- Bass Berry & Sims
- Lovell Communications
- Jarrard Phillips
- The Nashville Public Radio Board of Directors
About Blake Farmer
Blake Farmer is Nashville Public Radio's senior health care reporter. In a partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, Blake covers health in Tennessee and the health care industry in the Nashville area for local and national audiences.
Blake has worked at WPLN throughout his career, most recently serving as news director and primary editor for the newsroom. Previously, his reporting focused on education and the military. He's also enjoyed producing stories about midnight frog gigging and churches holding gun raffles.
Growing up in East Nashville, Blake attended Lipscomb Academy. He went to college in Texas at Abilene Christian University where he cut his teeth in radio at KACU-FM. Before joining WPLN full time in 2007, Blake also wrote for the Nashville City Paper and filed international stories for World Christian Broadcasting.
An active member and past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists Middle Tennessee Chapter, Blake has also won numerous regional and national awards from the Associated Press, RTDNA and PRNDI. In 2017, his alma mater honored him with the Gutenberg Award for achievements of journalism graduates.
This may say more than anything: he always keeps his audio recorder handy, even on vacation, just in case there's a story to be told.