Jennifer Pemberton

Reporter / Host

Jennifer Pemberton reports on community and the environment for Utah Public Radio. She also hosts the monthly program, The Source, and can sometimes be heard hosting Morning Edition or All Things Considered. Jennifer produced our special series on Utah water, Five Billion Gallons, and managed 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. Listen to her audio essays at RadioCalendar.org.

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To encourage safe cycling and to promote road respect throughout the state, bicyclists in Utah are taking to the roads this week.

The 2012 Road Respect Tour commenced in Beaver on Monday morning and the tour made it through Cedar City and St. George by the day's end. The tour is moving through Panguitch and Richfield and will continue through Saturday with the final stop in Logan, where a Road Rally at the historic Logan Court House will allow the public to celebrate the riders.

In the basement of the Franklin County Courthouse, where we would be safe from any form of severe weather, people from northern Utah and southeast Idaho are training to become weather spotters. Weather-wise it's a calm night in Preston and a little stuffy in the basement meeting room where John Keyes, from the National Weather Service office in Pocatello, is explaining what kinds of weather conditions should be reported by the volunteer spotters:

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Keep your eclipse glasses handy, Utah, because there's more solar blockage coming our way this summer. The transit of Venus across the sun on June 5 will be visible from all points in Utah.

Patrick Wiggins, NASA's Ambassador to Utah, explains that this relatively rare event has been "seen by humans only 7 times since the invention of the telescope in the early 1600s."

This week's solar eclipse in Utah had all the makings of a good holiday. Jennifer Pemberton tells us why something that hasn't happened in 18 years is definitely worth celebrating.

Show your support for Utah Public Radio this summer. When you're out and about in the state look for fellow UPR listeners. You'll recognize them by their "I Listen to UPR" window stickers. Snap a photo (preferably at a stop light, or better yet, have a passenger take the photo), post it to our Facebook page and we'll enter you in a drawing for a UPR prize.

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Utah is the place to be for this weekend's annular solar eclipse. While the moon casts its massive shadow over the U.S. for the first time in 18 years, Utah's dark skies and natural settings will be ideal for viewing the eclipse Sunday night, May 20, around sunset.

UPR listeners, please join us in wishing strength and peace for our Moab correspondent, Vicki Barker, as she faces a very immediate battle with cancer. She has brought Moab to life for us on the airwaves and the void of her voice will not soon be filled.

Commentator and former poet, Jennifer Pemberton, wants to remind listeners that April is National Poetry Month and you don't have to be a poet -- or even look like one -- to celebrate poetry in America.

These are the poems that nearly bring her out of retirement every time she reads them:

Musee Des Beaux Arts by W.H. Auden

A Display of Mackerel by Mark Doty

Friday and Sunday on From the Top, we'll hear the sounds of young musicians from Utah. This edition was recorded in March at Weber State University, and will play at 2 p.m on Friday, and 9 p.m. Sunday. Can't wait to listen? Watch the From the Top Video Scrapbook and then tune in!

Utah Department of Transportation officials say drivers should be prepared to be inconvenienced by its plans to complete more than 200 projects this year, mainly to improve roadways and streets.

  • Morgan County is Utah's Healthiest County
  • Death Row Inmate Granted Reprieve
  • Approval Withdrawn for a Central Utah Coal Mine

These headlines and the rest of the day's news along with a quick forecast from the Utah Climate Center on today's Utah News broadcast.

Congratulations to Scott Theurer, Tim Taylor, and Steve Lineback, who all made pledges of support to Utah Public Radio this morning and each won a 2-night stay for 2 at the Shooting Star Drive-in in Escalante, UT!

Jennifer Pemberton spends this time of year watching the forecast closely, not worried about snow or sun or even the particulate count in wheezy Cache Valley. She's on Blossom Watch, checking the National Parks Service webcam on the National Mall in Washington to see if the cherry blossoms on their way, which will mean it's time for hanami.

 

Congratulations to Elizabeth Scott & Ernie Wampler of St. George who made an online pledge yesterday during our Web Pledge Day and won a 2-night stay in Park City valued at $1,100.

On Saturday, March 24, UPR will be giving away 2-night stay packages to the Shooting Star Drive-In in Escalante all day long.

Any and all pledges made between 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. and during A Prairie Home Companion from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. will be entered to win.

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Congratulations to Dane Hansen of Providence, UT, who won the drawing for the Core Wellness Package at Green Valley Spa.

Thanks to Dane and to the wonderful folks at Green Valley Spa for helping us kick off our spring pledge drive.

Life is better with Utah Public Radio and UPR is better with you. Hopefully all of our listeners' lives are enhanced by UPR, even without a spa break to St. George.

Get your pledge in today and show your support for Utah Public Radio.

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To all of our gift-giving and member-renewing supporters and to our new member listeners, we offer our thanks for a successful Spring Pledge Drive. We raised nearly $80,000 toward our goal of $90,000 and we mean it when we say that every dollar counts.

Special thanks to our lucky grand prize winners who each won a new Apple iPad: Lillian Duran (Millville, UT) and Jack Schmidt (N. Logan, UT).

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  • Anti-Government Materials in the Home of Matthew David Stewart
  • Car Plows into a Beauty Salon Overnight in St. George
  • A Disappointing Utah Weather Forecast

Listen to these stories and all the day's Utah News during our 5:30 broadcast.

Find My Caucus

Mar 6, 2012

To find your 2013 caucus locations, click here.

Caucus meetings for Utah's political parties begin next week. The "Find My Caucus Location" tool on vote.utah.gov allows all Utahns to quickly and easily find the date, time, and location of their party's local caucus meeting.

Jennifer Pemberton reflects on Abraham Lincoln and turns President’s Day into a homecoming celebration…with a little help from Johnny Cash.


Utah Public Radio’s newest program will be taped in front of a live audience. Weber State University is hosting a taping of From the Top on March 8, 2012. Host Christopher O’Riley will present amazing performances by talented young musicians on the stage at Weber State University’s Browning Center for the Performing Arts in Ogden, Utah.

Come meet the gang! The UPR staff will be hanging out at our downtown Logan studio Friday night for the Cache Valley Center for the Arts Gallery Walk from 6 - 9 pm.

We'll be hosting Lucy Peterson Watkins' silk paintings and fiber arts and Hilary Murray will provide the live music. Oh, and cupcakes too!

That's this Friday, February 10. Hope to see you there.

What is our Chief Engineer, Friend Weller, whipping up for the big game?

Our friends at the Hard News Cafe found out.

Thank you for your love and support! 

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our "For the Love of UPR" mini-pledge drive. Your Valentine's Day chocolates are going in the mail this week and your generous support keeps our quality programs and excellent local news coverage going.

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