Meet the Interns

Aimee Cobabe - reporter/producer:

Aimee Cobabe is an Access Utah producer intern and a news reporter intern. She's from Centerville, Utah and is studying broadcast journalism at Utah State University. In addition to her work at UPR, Aimee contributes regularly to A-TV News, the student-run TV newscast on campus. Aimee hopes to continue to work in radio for many years to come. She enjoys listening to Marketplace and Radiolab and her dream is to work for one of those programs in the future. 

Ashley Stilson - reporter:

Ashley Stilson is an avid news junkie and inadvertent grammar Nazi. She is a senior studying print journalism at Utah State University. Her hometown is Orangeville, Utah, a town nestled squarely between a patch of Rocky Mountains and San Rafael desert. During the summer of 2016, she worked as a news reporter intern at Deseret News, covering everything from moon rocks to the Days of ’47 parade. She also worked as a staff writer for the Utah Statesman, the USU campus newspaper. When she isn’t busy scouring newspapers, Ashley can be found playing the piano or trying to concoct the perfect hot chocolate. Her professional goals include traversing the world while covering news stories and hopefully visiting the International Space Station.

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. 

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.

Evan Hall - politics & government reporter:

Hello. Is it me you’re looking for? Just kidding. I’m a politics and government reporter with Utah Public Radio. My time with UPR began in the summer of 2014 when I got shanghaied off the streets of Logan and woke up in a radio studio. After initially being paid in peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches and Disney princess stickers, I was later compensated for my work with real money. Almost three years later, I’m basically the Grandpa Intern of the news team.  Politics is a fascination of mine and I always look forward to the opening of the state legislature every January. After graduation, I hope to continue working in public radio and perhaps host a ‘fair and balanced’ political show one day. When let out of my kennel long enough to have free time, I enjoy reading, following the Chicago Cubs, and long walks on the beach. Another fun fact: I share a birthday with Access Utah’s Tom Williams (which must cosmically mean something, right?). And, yes, I am the Bison Boy.

Geoff Smith - science reporter:

I'm a PhD Candidate in Ecology, and I explore how reptiles "decide" whether to invest energy into their immune or reproductive systems when faced with stressors like urbanization or nonnative predators such as house cats.  I'm broadly interested in ecophysiology, reproductive biology, and conservation.  I'm originally from Arkansas, where I used to study stream ecology and alligator habitat requirements.  Arkansas has really good public radio, and I grew up listening to the syndicated and local programs.  One of my first questions when I moved to Logan was where on the radio dial I could find an NPR station, and UPR has been important to me for years before I started working as a science reporter.  Most of my field sites are in the red rock country of southern Utah, and when I'm not in the field or the lab I enjoy being outside and reading.  I'd like to continue with the audio medium and perhaps start a podcast about science and conservation.

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 (See  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 - Photojournalist:

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. 

Krista Black - Access Utah producer:

Krista Black is an English major, with an emphasis in Technical Communication and Rhetoric and a minor in Multimedia. At UPR she produces Access Utah, at school she discusses the rhetorical strategies present in design and instructional documents, and at home she's probably reading. Her professional goals include becoming her father's favorite child and being a guest on Access Utah, discussing her Pulitzer Prize winning novel. 

Mackenzie Amick: - graphic design:

My name is Kenzie, and I am from the good old southwest where I grew up in Las Vegas, NV and St. George, UT. I am currently studying graphic design at Utah State, and I have one more year left of school before I aspire to continue on as a graphic designer preferably in Chicago, New York, or San Francisco! I'm also studying Entrepreneurship, Art History, and Yoga Studies and I hope to one day start my own social entrepreneurial venture and be a yoga teacher on the side.