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Jennifer Pemberton

Reporter / Commentator

Jennifer Pemberton produces a monthly commentary series called Radio Calendar for UPR and can sometimes be heard hosting Morning Edition or anchoring the 5:30 Utah News. She produced our special series on Utah water, Five Billion Gallons, and manages our community engagement reporting project on air pollution in Cache County: Having a Bad Air Day?

She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama and an MBA from Lund University in Sweden. A former ex-patriate living in Europe and Asia, Jennifer is happy to call the West home again. She is a fervent public radio fan and loves to hike in the summer and knit through the winter.


Water Blues
9:24 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Utah Wants to Hear from You: Public Ideas on Utah's Water Future Accepted Until August 31

Logan was the last stop for the Utah's Water Future town hall meetings this summer.
Credit Cache Anglers

Logan was the last stop for a series of Town Hall meetings soliciting public input on Utah’s Water Future. Jennifer Pemberton and Matt Jensen from UPR's Five Billion Gallons program were there to get to know all the stakeholders in Utah's Water Future.

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3:50 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Reflection through fire: Life in the West

The Owyhee Fire burned over 46,000 acres on the Idaho – Oregon border in July, prompting Jennifer Pemberton to reflect on the role of wildfire in the West and in her life.
Credit Argus Observer

While it’s not exactly a time to celebrate, fire season can be a time of reflection for those of us who live in the West.

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Utah Water
12:04 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Utah Water Watch uses volunteers to monitor water quality across state

Aquatic insects are "great indicators of water quality," says Brian Greene.
Utah Water Watch

The U.S. Geological Survey took a five percent pay cut this year as part of federal sequestration. As a result the agency has to pull the plug on hundreds of stream gauges throughout the West. A new water quality monitoring program in Utah is powered by volunteers who collect stream data while they’re out enjoying the great outdoors. Jennifer Pemberton has this report on the Utah Water Watch.

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4:00 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Mushroom party: hunting for morels

Three morels ready for the picking in an undisclosed location in the West.
Credit Jennifer Pemberton

This is my mushroom story. I used to love mushrooms as a kid. Those veggie and dip trays with the raw button mushrooms on them? Those ones. I loved those ones. When I was 4 years old, I found what I thought were some of those ones growing in my friend’s front yard. My mom picked me up later that day and asked about my play date. I told her we’d had a mushroom party. A mushroom party? Yes, a mushroom party. A pretend mushroom party? No, a real mushroom party with real mushrooms.

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Air Quality
9:04 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Watching Disease Happen: the Pathology of Air Pollution

In the shiny new Agricultural Sciences building on the campus of Utah State University, toxicology professor Roger Coulombe studies the interaction between PM2.5 and human lung cells.

For Air Quality Awareness Week, Jennifer Pemberton has been asking local experts to help explain Cache Valley’s air pollution problem to residents. In today’s report, she tours a lab on the campus of Utah State University, where the effects of particulate pollution on human health are easy to see -- with the right equipment.

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Air Quality
9:22 am
Tue April 30, 2013

The Cleanest and the Dirtiest: C. Arden Pope on Why Utah is the Best and Worst Place to Study Air

C. Arden Pope was the keynote speaker at the Cache Valley Air Quality Summit in Logan on April 25, 2013.
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This week is Air Quality Awareness Week. Today Jennifer Pemberton  takes us on a summarized visit to the Cache Valley Air Quality Summit in Logan to hear air pollution epidemiologist, Dr. C. Arden Pope tell the story of how we’ve cleaned up the air in the U.S. in the past 50 years and how much further we still have to go.

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Air Quality
8:30 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Red Air by the Numbers

The EPA's AirNow Air Quality Index uses the "measuring stick" approach to describing air quality. The scale goes from 0 - 500. A "red air day" is 151 - 200.

The EPA has designated this week Air Quality Awareness Week. As part of UPR’s community engagement project, Jennifer Pemberton has been talking to Cache County residents about the experience of living with some of the nation’s worst air pollution. This week, she’s taking their questions and comments to local experts. In today’s report, she enlists Dr. Randy Martin to define Red Air by the numbers.

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Cache Valley
9:19 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Voices from the Bad Air Story Booth

UPR's Jennifer Pemberton and Mackinzie Hamilton recorded festival attendees for the Bad Air Story Booth at Logan's Earth Day Downtown Street Festival.
Credit April Ashland

These are some of the voices from our Bad Air Story booth at Logan’s Earth Day Downtown Street Festival. With a background of various local musicians and speakers, we set up a table and microphone to ask Cache Valley residents to tell us their Bad Air stories. Have you ever had a bad air day? How do you know when it’s a bad air day? What do you do about it? 

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Air Quality
8:38 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Community Engagement Project Update: Keep Those Bad Air Stories Coming

Utah Public Radio has partnered with the Public Insight Network to report on public health effects of air pollution in Cache Valley. Listeners and other members of the community here have been telling us their experiences with air pollution through an online form. Jennifer Pemberton has been listening to these stories and has this update on public concerns:

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Air Quality
9:39 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Tell Us Your "Bad Air" Stories

If you haven’t filled out our form about air pollution yet, you now have the chance to come tell us about it in person at our Bad Air Story Booth.

This Saturday, April 20, from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. members of the Utah Public Radio staff will be collecting your air quality stories at Logan’s Earth Day Downtown Street Festival.

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