Meet the Interns

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. 

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.

Dennis Stock - Politics and Education Reporter:

Dennis Stock is a vocal, hip yokel, Cache Valley local who appreciates nature, people and philosophy. Though disaffected by the worst, most mind-numbing aspects of modern advancement, he's a meticulous optimist who treasures beauty, truth and human kindness. Mythology aside: Dennis does actually consider himself to be "fairly down-to-earth."At the station, Dennis focuses on politics and education. He enjoys reporting on events such as the Bernie Sander's rally or the Public Lands Town hall where he has a front row seat to both the drama of politics and the cast: politicians, stakeholders, and -- most importantly -- caring citizens. In his reporting, Dennis strives to be fair and factual. While, in current times, U.S. media and politics face unprecedented questions and challenges, Dennis is grateful to witness, and even participate, in its unfolding. Outside of work, Dennis enjoys cooking, playing music and spending time with his family.

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. 

Nicole Heaps - Arts and Culture Reporter:

My name is Nicole Heaps. I wanted to work at Utah Public Radio to gain experience in working with broadcast journalism and because I thought it sounded like a fun job. I am working as an arts reporter with UPR, which is an area that I thrive in. I have played guitar since I was seven, I like to write songs and upload them to my SoundCloud account. I have always loved music, art and culture, and I am excited for the opportunity to report on these subjects.

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.