Meet the Interns

Alison Berg - News & Arts Reporter:

Alison Berg is a junior studying journalism and political science at Utah State University. She is originally from California, and her dream is to someday work for the Washington Post.

Aly Cash - Access Utah Producer

Aly got her start in journalism delivering newspapers. Alone on the road in the middle of the night, her stereo was always tuned to public radio. With every newspaper she plopped on an elderly couple’s doorstep, she was more and more certain she wanted her stories to be the ones those old folks read — or listened to — over their morning bowl of Raisin Bran. Now, Aly can’t believe she’s lucky enough to produce a radio show, not to mention one as stellar as Access Utah. When she’s not in the production booth, you can find her at her second job at the Island Market in Logan, or curled up with a cappuccino and her latest copy of The New Yorker.

Alyssa Robinson - Arts & Entertainment Reporter:

Alyssa is from Provo, Utah and is studying music therapy at Utah State University. Her career goals would be to use music to interact with others. 

Bronson Teichert - Agriculture, Business & Economics Reporter:

I am the agriculture, business and economics reporter for Utah Public Radio. I grew up on a cattle ranch in Cokeville, Wyoming and have always loved agriculture. While serving an LDS mission in a small farming town on the Island of Sicily, the idea came to me that everyday people need to know more about where their food comes from. I am now doing a double major in agricultural science and broadcast journalism. There are journalists who report on Ag issues, but mainly to those directly involved in the industry. I want to include the everyday consumer in my stories. My wife, who is studying to be a social studies teacher, has helped me achieve my goals thus far. I wouldn't be where I am today without her. My ultimate goal is to one day return to Cokeville and continue ranching with my family and do freelance work from home.

Christy Achen - Access Utah Producer:

My name is Christy Achen and I am an interning as a producer for Access Utah. My family resides in southwest, KS. I am studying Animal Science and Agricultural Business and am a member of the Dairy Science club and Aggie Radio Station at Utah State University. After college, I hope to have a career in teaching others about agriculture and food. I like to spend a lot of time outside at the USU dairy farm or hiking through the canyon. 

Corryn La Rue - Frischknecht Scholar:

Corryn La Rue is a California native- born and raised in a small town called Templeton. At the age of 18 years old, Corryn packed up everything she had and left everything she knew to explore the great unknown of Logan, Utah. Corryn has attended Utah State University since the fall of 2015. Corryn is a double major in Agriculture Communications and Journalism, with an emphasis in broadcasting and a minor in Animal Science. Corryn was awarded the Frischknecht Internship at UPR last spring, and is completing her internship this fall. She has completed two radio internships in California and Utah, and has hosted two different radio shows at two different stations. Her dream job is to work for RFDTV and host the agriculture report, or a specialty show. 

Danny Kinka - Science Reporter:

There is no ecosystem on this planet that is not influenced by people. I am fascinated by questions that exist at the intersection of these two forces - nature and humanity - particularly where the separating lines become fuzzy. As a Ph.D. Candidate in Ecology at Utah State University I study the ecology and sociology of large carnivore conservation and management through the use of livestock guardian dogs. As a science reporter for Utah Public Radio, I try to balance healthy doses of wonder and irreverence in reporting on the science of nature and the human condition. From Chicago by way of Florida with a dash of the early-2000s D.C. metro scene, I also pretend to be a musician, brewer, and traveler in my spare time.

Hailey Hendricks - General News Reporter:

Hailey Hendricks enjoys being a journalist because she is able to capture life’s moments by writing about them. It has been her dream since the eighth grade to be a reporter because she loves to write, meet new people and learn about their personal experiences. Hailey is a junior at Utah State University and is studying broadcast and journalism. She has a passion for world travel and hopes to visit all seven continents in her lifetime. 

Ireland Yokom - Social Media:

Ireland Yokom is from Payette, Idaho. Payette is a small town right on the border of Oregon, around central Idaho. She is currently changing her major from anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology to pre-business, and will eventually be studying marketing with a concentration in public relations. At UPR, she works as a social media intern. For her career she hopes to be able to work somewhere where she can be promoting and marketing for a living.

Julie Kelso - Science Reporter:

As a PhD candidate in Ecology I study the effects of human development on nutrient and carbon cycling in rivers of north east Utah.  As a researcher on the iUtah project I engage with a variety of students and professionals interested in creating a sustainable water future for Utah by understanding how our water system operates as an integrated physical, biological, and social system.  After graduating from USU I hope to use the skills I have developed while working at UPR  to facilitate communication and action between scientists, politicians, educators and constituents to enhance how science is used to help society.  When not on the USU campus I can usually be found in my kitchen listening to UPR or on a river somewhere in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming or Colorado.

Katherine Taylor - Reporter:

Katherine Taylor has been writing stories and taking pictures ever since her motor skills developed enough to let her. When she's not shooting photos for UPR, working toward her degree in journalism, or scooping ice cream at the best creamery in the state, she can often be found either cooking recipes she found on the internet or taking a nap. Her career goal is to one day share stories that connect people and build understanding of the world around us, while still having time to take naps. 

Matilyn Mortensen - Reporter:

Matilyn Mortensen is from Herriman, Utah. After high school, she moved to Logan to attend Utah State University and is majoring in journalism and communications with a print emphasis. If all goes well, she will graduate in 2019. Matilyn is a news reporter at UPR. In the past, she has written for the Logan Herald Journal and the Ogden Standard-Examiner. Her favorite types of stories are feature pieces. She enjoys reporting because it gives her the opportunity to ask people all the questions she wants about almost anything. While not reporting, Matilyn enjoys going to concerts and visiting new places. Her goals include reading more books, painting more pictures, and learning to cook more things. 

Shanie Howard - Reporter:

Shanie Howard is currently embarking on her last year of school at Utah State University. She is majoring in journalism and minoring in International Studies. Shanie has a passion for politics and being an informed community member in Utah. 

Spencer Hulsey - Access Utah Producer:

Spencer Hulsey is originally from Lindon Utah. He hosted a weekly radio show in high school called, Late Night Wednesday, on a local station. It was there that he first fell in love with broadcast and considered it as a career. He has worked with Aggie Radio , hosting a weekly show called Maddog and the Spooch, and he loves producing for Access Utah on UPR.  Currently studying communications at Utah State University, he hopes to one day host the Tonight Show.