Meet the Interns

Brianne Johnson - Reporter:

Brianne is a general news reporter who got her start working on the UPR series, "King's Road". She's a senior at Utah State University studying Communication Studies with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. When she isn't on campus, she enjoys watching marine life documentaries, rollerblading, and indulging in wicked good sushi.

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.

Deni Murray - Science Reporter:

Currently an M.S. student in the Watershed Sciences Department and the Ecology Center at Utah State University, Deni can be found collecting and analyzing water samples from beaver ponds or serving as a science reporter for Utah Public Radio. Originally from Bainbridge Island, Washington, Deni grew up surrounded by the vast Cascade mountain range and the mysterious Puget Sound. After earning a degree in Ecology from the University of Washington, Deni realized the importance of science communication and outreach. She plans to pursue a career that involves communicable science that will help with future water issues. Deni is an avid rock-climber and enjoys traveling, meeting new people, board-games and cooking.

Jess Nani - Social Media/Web Intern:

Jess is thrilled to serve as UPR's Social Media and Web Intern. A Technical Writing major with a minor in Public Relations, she is existentially angsty and strives to keep it that way. She adores clean design, writing that keeps her up at night, and is a firm believer that a well-tailored pantsuit can get you anywhere you want in life.

Leslie Forero - Science Reporter:

I am from Redding in Northern California.  As an ecologist, I'm interested in learning more about the forces are quietly structuring the world around us.  I study how interactions between plants affect grassland yields at Cedar Creek, Minnesota.  When I'm not at home, the office, or the prairie at Cedar Creek, you can often find me in the studio producing stories about ecology, and other forces structuring our world like sexism and poverty.  This is my first time working as a journalist.  I'm glad to have the opportunity to learn more about science communication as my ideal career would combine outreach and research. My hobbies include knitting, sewing, backpacking, and skiing.

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. 

Owen Sidwell - Arts and Culture Reporter:

Owen Sidwell is an avid rhythm fan. All of those complex time signatures and 16th note triplets have always been extremely pleasing to him. He’s a percussionist and drummer and spends most of his time not working on UPR stories and drumming instead. He grew up singing in Cache Children’s Choir for many years and still sings in his own barbershop quartet. He loves the arts, which is what brought him to be the arts reporter at UPR. On the rare occasion, he actually meets a deadline, you can sometimes hear him talk about different artistic events and projects that Utahns are working on. He has lived in Cache Valley for his entire life, so we should hope that he knows a thing or two about the arts and culture of Utah.

Rachel Hager - Science Reporter:

Rachel is excited to merge her interests of research and science communication as a UPR science reporter. As a graduate student in ecology with a focus in wetland ecology, Rachel is always juggling several projects at once, but she loves staying busy and learning new skills. When she is not buzzing around campus, Rachel can be found in wetlands of the Great Salt Lake getting muddy with a huge smile on her face.  

Riana Gayle - Science Reporter:

Our natural and built environments are constantly changing. As an M.S. candidate in Ecology at Utah State University, I explore how societies understand and adapt to that change when it manifests as something such as a natural hazard event. More specifically, I study how societies proactively mitigate against the natural hazard, drought, through policy adoption throughout the U.S. After graduating, I hope to use the skills that I have learned as a researcher to collaborate further with citizens, scientists and policymakers. Originally from the busy city of Charlotte, North Carolina I've enjoyed my transition out west and the limitless opportunities offered by Utah’s wild landscapes.

Tamsen Maloy - Reporter:

Tamsen is a student at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism. She is interning for the summer at UPR contributing to weekly reporting, and to the upcoming "Diagnosed" series. Tamsen might live in the big city for now, but she is Utah born and bred. She is from the Salt Lake area and started her journalism career at the Daily Utah Chronicle at the University of Utah, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. Tamsen will finish her graduate degree in December and hopes to work in radio and podcasting thereafter. While she misses certain aspects of New York, she is happy to be skipping the humid heat that dumps on NYC every summer.