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.


Night Sky
5:16 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Shining Trio this Weekend - Venus, Jupiter, and a Crescent Moon

Utah's Solar System Ambassador warns of beautiful cosmic triangle of light coming our way this weekend.

Clear skies over Utah this summer have meant hot days and little rainfall, but on the bright side, summer stargazing has been especially delightful.

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Utah News
4:27 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

"Feed the Animals" by Donating to Livestock Affected by Burned Rangeland

The extensive rangeland that has been destroyed by Utah wildfires this summer has prompted the creation of the "Feed the Animals" fund.

After receiving numerous requests for help from livestock owners, Governor Herbert and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food have announced a emergency program called "Feed the Animals."

Donations made to the program will be used to purchase food and other animals needs for livestock whose rangeland has been destroyed by the unprecedented string of wildfires burning in the state. UDAF Commissioner, Leonard Blackham, estimates that 20,000 head of sheep and cattle have lost their food source in the past week.

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4:09 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Cache County Firework Restrictions for Incorporated Areas

Firework restriction map from

Last week, Governor Herbert announced a ban on fireworks in unincorporated areas of Utah and left it up to cities to regulate their communities.

In Cache Valley, authorities have declared restrictions on specific areas in the cities of Logan, Providence, North Logan, Hyde Park, River Heights, Smithfield, Richmond, Hyrum, Millville, Nibley, Wellsville, Paradise, and Lewiston. The boundaries of these restricted areas are described here.

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Utah News
4:04 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Disaster Distress Hotline Open for Those Affected by Utah Wildfires

Disaster Distress Hotline available for those affected by Utah wildfires

Besides dominating the news over the past 2 weeks, the wildfires that are consuming thousands of acres across the state are taking their toll on Utahns' mental health. When confronted with natural disaster and personal tragedy, a range of stress, anxiety, and depression are common.

The national Disaster Distress Helpline is available to provide counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the wildfires in Utah.

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3:31 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Wood Hollow Fire Claims Life, Forces Evacuations and Road Closures

The Wood Hollow Fire, near the town of Fountain Green in Sanpete County started Saturday afternoon.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the communities of Indian Ridge, Elk Ridge, Big hollow, and Oaker Hills are under mandatory evacuation. A number of structures have been lost in the fire, some full-time residences and some seasonal vacation homes.

At least one life has been claimed by the Wood Hollow Fire. Sanpete County Sheriff's deputies and Sanpete County Search & Rescue members found an unidentified body during an assessment of the evacuation area Tuesday morning.

The fire is only 15% contained and portions of Highway 89 remain closed.

There is a Red Cross emergency shelter at North Sanpete High School (309 E 700 S in Mt. Pleasant).

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6:14 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Midsummer is Here: Celebrate with a No-Bake Herring Cake

Silltårta, or Swedish Herring Cake, is Jennifer Pemberton's favorite fish flavored dessert.

Jennifer Pemberton discovered that not only could she eat pickled fish after living in Sweden for 2 years, but she could eat it for dessert.

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1:17 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Riding to Eradicate a Disease: Cyclists Ride With and Against Multiple Sclerosis

Team Brain from the University of Utah Brain Institute is one of hundreds of teams participating in the Bike MS Utah Ride this weekend in Logan

The 26th Annual Bike MS Utah, nicknamed "Harmons Best Dam Bike Ride", takes place in and around Logan June 23 - 24.

The ride is the largest fundraiser of the year for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Utah-Southern Idaho Chapter with the funds going toward helping Utahns impacted by the disease improve their quality of life and ultimately to the goal of eradicating the disease.

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Utah News
5:07 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

World-Class Young Pianists Compete and Impress in Salt Lake

A world-class piano competition is going on this week and next in Salt Lake City featuring some of the most talented young people in the world.

In order to compete in the Gina Bachauer Junior & Young Artist Piano Competitions, contestants auditioned in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Moscow, Venice, Hamburg, and New York City. The best of the best earned a place at the competition in Salt Lake.

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Utah News
4:23 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Cross-State Bike Ride to Promote Road Sharing Safety

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.

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Preston, Idaho
3:24 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Learning to Read the Clouds

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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