People

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...

Development Director

Bryan Earl has been with UPR since 1993. He graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Journalism and completed an internship at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon, before coming to UPR full-time.  When not in his garden, Bryan loves to...

5:30 News Co-host / Reporter

After graduating with a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Utah, Elaine developed a love of radio while working long hours in remote parts of Utah as an archaeological field technician. She eventually started interning for the radio...

Chief Engineer

When his dad said “Don’t play with that old radio, you’re going to get shocked,” 10-year-old Friend Weller was certainly looking out for his own best interests. What was at the time an elementary-school-aged hobby soon turned into a life-long...

Interim Station Manager / News Director / Host, Morning Edition

At 14-years-old, Kerry began working as a reporter for KVEL “The Hot One” in Vernal, Utah.  Her radio news interests led her to Logan where she became news director for KBLQ while attending Utah State University.  She graduated USU with a...

Events / Public Relations Specialist

Nora is an Illinois native who has made Utah home since 1981 and has been an important part of UPR since 1998. She is a big NPR fan and having the opportunity to host StoryCorp for UPR is one of her most special memories. Nora has a master's...

Business Officer 1

Rob joined UPR in early 2013.  He is a ancient graduate of Taylorsville High School in the Salt Lake Valley and attended USU before finishing at Stevens Henager (B. A. in Accounting).  When he is not busy counting beans he enjoys woodworking...

Staff Assistant II

Sam is a native of Cache Valley, and graduated in December 2013 with a B.S. in Business Administration from Utah State University. She joined the UPR team early in 2014, and helps with payment processing, receptionist duties, and other odds and...

Production Specialist / All Things Considered Host

Shalayne Smith Needham has worked at Utah Public Radio since 2000 as producer of Access Utah.  She graduated from Utah State University in 1997 with a BA in Sociology, emphasis on Criminology.  A Logan native, she grew up with an appreciation...

Reporter

Taylor Halversen is a reporter, engineer and occasional co-host for UPR news. She recently graduated summa cum laude from Utah State University with bachelor’s degrees in Communication Studies and Liberal Arts, and worked for UPR as a reporting...

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