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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.


3:18 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

The Battle for Spring Begins

Mars, God of War, takes to his chariot and begins a battle.

The battle for spring began on March 1. Jennifer Pemberton tells us why this month we're fighting against a Bulgarian grandmother with weapons made of string.

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6:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

It's Groundhog Day: America's Visionary Woodchuck Comes to Utah

The traditional Groundhog Day Sundae includes a knob of vanilla ice cream and hot fudge shadow.

It's Americans at their most superstitious. Saturday, February 2, is Groundhog Day. Jennifer Pemberton talks about Pennsylvania's rodent prophet with Logan's self-proclaimed Groundhog Day expert, Mary Fugate.

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3:40 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

The Wandering Albatross

Wandering albatross on Prion Island
Credit Jennifer Pemberton

Six years ago, Jennifer Pemberton watched a fledgling albatross take flight for the very first time. There's a reason why she's thinking about that particular bird this week and she tells us about it in this commentary.

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UPR Feature Story
4:38 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

'Tis the Season For Counting Birds

Credit Jennifer Pemberton

How many birds do you see in a given day? How many sparrows or hawks or owls do you think live in your neighborhood? Jennifer Pemberton spent an entire day with Logan's Bridgerland Audubon Society compiling their annual bird census.

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UPR Feature Story
2:59 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

So You Want to Be a Roller Doll?: Derby "Fresh Meat" Try-Outs in Ogden

Women's roller derby has had a resurgence since the early 2000s. What once had the reputation as a spectacle akin to professional wrestling is now seen as a respectable competitive sport. But it's not for everyone. Jennifer Pemberton sends us this report from team try-outs for the Junction City Roller Dolls in Ogden.

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3:30 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Not Old Enough to Be a Snowbird, but Awfully Tempted

Credit Ray Foster / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

It's the time of year when birds start flying south for the winter, leaving humans behind to deal with the change in weather in other ways. Jennifer Pemberton wonders if maybe the birds have the right idea.

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Online Pledge Drive
8:59 pm
Sat October 13, 2012

Pledge Your Support

It's web pledge day at Utah Public Radio, meaning we're taking a break from answering the phones, but we're happy to take your pledge online right here, right now.


Everyone who completes our online pledge form today will be entered into 2 drawings:

- A 2-night stay at the Shooting Star Drive-In in Escalante

- A Polk Audio iSonic Digital Audio System

Help us make our fall fund drive a success. Thanks in advance for your support your favorite public radio station .

Driveway Moments
4:26 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Driveway Moment: Commuting Informed

I don’t drive much, so I don’t have driveway moments. I have the opposite. I listen to so much public radio at home that it’s a wonder I ever get out of the house. I have been late to work more than once because I was standing in the kitchen finishing a story and completely lost track of time.

I’m a bike commuter and it is absolutely unsafe to listen to podcasts while riding a bike, so unlike most listeners, I actually go without my public radio fix while I commute.

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