Kerry Bringhurst

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 degree in Broadcast Journalism and spent the next few years working for Utah Public Radio.  Leaving UPR in 1993 she spent the next 14 years as the full time mother of four boys before returning in 2007.  Kerry and her husband Boyd reside in Nibley.

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What do we know about ways to keep our watershed safe and improve the quality of this important resource? 

Utah Public Radio joins Logan City during the Green Futures Learning Series, Wednesday, March. 16th at Logan City Hall. Listen and learn about water conservation, then let UPR know what you plan to do to keep our water clean by becoming a source for the Utah Public Insight Network.

Tell us, how do we keep Utah's watershed clean?

Utah lawmakers are considering a bill that, if passed, would add to the human sexuality education curriculum in public and charter schools.  At least one lawmaker is questioning whether passing a comprehensive human sexuality education bill is needed.

Gov. Gary Herbert used his annual State of the State speech yesterday to set a goal to raise Utah’s graduation rate and implore lawmakers who have rejected Medicaid expansion plans to somehow help poor residents get health insurance.

Two self-proclaimed Basin Boys, Reed Abplanalp Cowan and Gregory Abplanalp Cowan, share the experiences that led up to the making of a documentary film that was featured in the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.  

In 1998 Randy and Lana Fullbright bought an old gas station on Vernal’s main street, painted it blue and orange, and turned it into an art gallery.

How do you live with the bad air? As part of the Utah Public Radio and Salt Lake Tribune UPIN project we will be giving you a chance to answer these questions during Logan City’s Green Futures Learning Series Wednesday evening- where a panel of speakers will discuss air quality. 

Dennis and Deborah Higginson talk about the importance of love and marriage in battling MS.   A chance meeting at a church in Colorado brought the couple together and besides each other the couple finds strength from their beliefs. 


Utah Governor Gary Herbert Addressed the National Press Club in Washington, DC Thursday. Herbert presented his state of the state address as chairman of the National Governors Association. 


Utah consumers are being warned to watch out for scams in 2016.  The Utah Department of Commerce is focusing on six common attempts at fraud as a way of helping to educate the public.

Deseret News

Deseret News columnist Steve Eaton believes 2016 will be winning year.

Intermountain Health Care

In an effort to reduce the spread of the respiratory flu, healthcare facilities are implementing visitor restrictions.

At least one of the twenty-two Intermountain Healthcare hospitals in Utah will limit who can visit patients in any obstetric, pediatric, or newborn unit.

  Representatives from the National Education Association, including current NEA president and past Utah Education Teacher of the Year Lily Eskelsen Garcia, gathered at the White House Thursday to watch as President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act or ESSA. 

NEA's Director of Government Relations, Mary Kusler, has been working with lawmakers in Washington, DC to lobby for the ESSA that she said will give states more control over how public education is monitored and improved. 

Brother Matt Foley joined with his sisters Kendra Embelton and Danika Foley during the National StoryCorps booth stop in Vernal this past July. The siblings shared stories of time spent together eating ice cream and taking family trips to Arizona.

USU Marketing

Utah Public Radio has posted a position through USU Career Aggies #75346 for a paid news intern.

As a way of changing the face of men’s health a group from Melbourne, Victoria organized an event challenging each other to grow a mustache for 30 days, to raise awareness for prostate cancer and depression in men.  That was more than ten years ago.

The Movember Challenge has made its way from Australia to campuses throughout the United States, including Utah State University.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has released an outline of how each state, including Utah, will benefit should congress approve the Obama administrations plan to reduce tariffs and increase exports to the Trans-Pacific. 

For Debra and Dennis Higginson of Vernal it was a surprise meeting at a Colorado church that led this couple to meet, fall in love, and commit to a relationship that would have them working together to treat and live with a long-term illness.



Supporters of a candidate who could become the first openly gay mayor in Utah say they are confident former state lawmaker Jackie Biskupski will be announced as the official winner of the Salt Lake City mayoral race once official results are released next week. As of late Tuesday night incumbent Ralph Becker was behind by 1,450 votes.

Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen says at least 10,000 ballots county-wide will need to be counted in coming days before Salt Lake City residents can say for certain who has been elected as their mayor.

Election results for three positions in Logan City are preliminary but congratulations were given election night to three of the four candidates who ran for a position on the city council. 

Tom Jensen had been serving on the city's planning commission. Jensen will join current chairwomen Jeannie Simmonds and councilman Herm Olsen who were re-elected Tuesday night.

Salt Lake Tribune

A non-profit organization has completed a study to help design how Utah should prepare for the future.  Envision Utah surveyed 53,000 residents about education, transportation, air quality, and urban development.

The survey asked residents to share opinions on 11 topics that should be addressed by the year 2050 to help create public policy as the state prepares for an estimated population increase.  Right now there are 3 million resident living here.  Within 35 years the number of people living here could nearly double.

The Cache Valley Transit District is discussing ways to fund public transportation.  After bussing passengers for free managers of the 19 year old service say it may require a fare to sustain a system that seats riders from Hyrum to Lewiston. 

Tell us how you feel about paying to ride public transportation in Cache Valley.

Utah lawmakers are hoping to find a way to adjust federal law to allow for Utah’s institutions of higher education to research the health and economic aspects of cannabis or hemp products. 

Republican representative Gage Froerer told members of the health and human services committee this week that he is working with Utah’s Congressional delegation to encourage a change in Federal Drug Administration policy  that would allow researchers to move forward in determining the possible agricultural, medical, and economic uses of hemp and cannabis products.

After serving more than 27 years as a public servant, Vernal City Council Member JoAnn Cowan has announced she will not be running in 2015. Cowan began her public service as a way to encourage her Uintah High School students to engage in their community.  One of her former social studies students, Kerry Bringhurst, asked her about her time volunteering.

Boyd Bringhurst

The world premiere of an independent movie about a Utah father who faced tragedy and learned to forgive included a panel discussion about the power of forgiving.  Religious leaders, psychologist, and families attended Monday evening’s Night of Forgiveness.                                                                                                                       


The announcement Friday by U.S. House Speaker John Boehner that he will retire in October could mean a delay in a possible shut down of the federal government. Predictions are that Congress will pass a CR [continuing resolution] as a stop-gap solution to keep funding the government into October.