April Ashland

Web Manager / Reporter

April worked first as an intern for UPR, before graduating from Utah State University with a B.S. in Journalism. Now she manages all things web and social, while reporting on current events from time to time.

April also helps train new reporting interns in story production- from the idea to the final product on air and online.


Pledge Drive
11:59 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Pledge Your Support to UPR

Credit PBS

It's spring pledge drive, hand in hand with our 60th anniversary. We're celebrating what makes Utah Public Radio work- our members and listeners.

You are UPR- you provide the means for us to gather quality news and information. You provide the means for us to reach out in our community. You are the beneficiaries of our work, and we couldn't do it without you.

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Pledge Drive
1:49 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

UPR Celebrates Earth Day at Downtown Studios in Logan

On Saturday, Utah Public Radio will be hosting an Earth Day celebration at our downtown studios from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Utah News
11:33 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Men Walk a Mile to Stand Against Sexual Assault

A young man brings his dog on the mile walk around campus.
APRIL ASHLAND Utah Public Radio

It's easy to think it will never happen to us or someone we know, but 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.Raising awareness and support for this issue can't just be done by women. That's why a group of male students from USU put on their best pair of heels Friday, to show their support for the women in their lives. UPR's Storee Powell reports on the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.

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Boston Marathon
5:36 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Utah Natives Cross Boston Finish Line Unhurt, Respond to Bombings

Two explosions detonated near the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday afternoon.
Credit Boston Marathon

This story originally aired as three separate stories. They have been weaved together for a more complete picture of what happened in Boston. 

Two explosions rocked the finish line at the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon. While people panicked, police tried to make sense of what just happened and prevent any other explosions.

According to the Boston Marathon website, more than 350 runners registered for Monday's race were Utahns. One of these runners, Kristen Munson said she was one of the lucky ones.

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UPR Events
11:40 am
Tue April 9, 2013

UPR Goes Walking at Logan Gallery Walk

Artist Lester Lee joins Utah Public Radio for the April Gallery Walk in downtown Logan.

In conjunction with the 2nd Friday Gallery Walk on April 12, you’re invited to join staff of Utah Public Radio at our downtown studio, 43 South Main Street in Logan, as we feature watercolor paintings of artist and retired educator Lester Lee in an exhibit entitled “Abandoned.”Lester Lee is a self-taught stage scenery artist and has painted over 50 sets and Rodger’s Memorial Theater and other theaters in Utah.  

To see some artwork and instruction from Lee's studio, visit his blog.

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UPR Station News
4:01 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Vote for the Garden Show's Name

After a thorough review of garden show titles submitted by our listeners, we have picked the top eight.

Bryan would like to get public input before he makes his final decision, so we're once again asking for your help.

From now until Monday March 11 we would ask you to vote for your top two favorite titles for the garden show.

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Mug Design Competition
3:29 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

60th Anniversary Mug Design Chosen


The final design for our 60th anniversary mug have been chosen, and we're so excited for the final product.
We had more than 30 submissions, and after narrowing the submissions down to the top 5, we were overwhelmed with the public input. More than 350 people voted in the competition, and chose the design by Lucy Watkins.

UPR would like to thank the artists who submitted:

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Mug Design Competition
1:37 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Vote for UPR's 60th Anniversary Mug Design

Mug Design #1

The 60th anniversary mug submissions are in, and the UPR staff and interns have chosen the top five contenders. Now it is up to you. Choose your one favorite design that you think should be on our limited edition anniversary mug.
We want your favorite design, which represents Utah as a state, Utah Public Radio as a station, and celebrates our 60th anniversary. You must vote by Tuesday evening, February 26.

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Utah News
4:47 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Annual Hyrum Dam Polar Plunge Draws Costumes, Money for a Good Cause

One polar plunger gets ready for the dive by talking to Storee Powell.
APRIL ASHLAND Utah Public Radio

Audience members at the annual Polar Plunge got a thrill as community members dressed from Elvis to Ninja Turtles, jumped into freezing water Saturday. The divers did the deed in the name of good clean fun and to raise money for Utah Special Olympics.

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10:31 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Winter Storm This Weekend Will Drop Snow, Clear Inversion

This weekend, a slow-moving winter storm will impact Utah beginning Friday afternoon and lasting through Sunday night.

The entire state will see accumulating snow through Sunday, but the mountains will reach the largest amounts of snow. The northern mountains are predicted to receive one to two feet of snow, while the southern mountains are predicted to receive 10 to 20 inches. Valleys North of 1-70 are expected to receive 4 to 8 inches of snow.

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