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Kerry Bringhurst

Interim Station Manager / 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.


UPR Station News
2:43 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Join UPR In Spelling The Way To Literacy With Bridgerland Scrabble Competition

UPR will join other media organizations to compete in this year’s Bridgerland Literacy "Scrabble Scramble." Join us as we compete to raise money for literacy on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Logan Copper Mill Restaurant. Teams, including UPR, will be competing in a Scrabble competition. A team consists of two players and one scorekeeper. Online Registration is now available. Fee is $90 and $100 at the door for a team of three. Regular Scrabble matches as well as "Lightning" Scrabble rounds and a silent auction are all part of the evening activities. Come and join Bridgerland Literacy and Utah Public Radio for an evening of fun!

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Utah Politics
5:39 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Utah Democrats Encourage Latino Participation

On Wednesday, Utah's four elected Latino legislators met with the public at the Utah State Capitol to outline and discuss pieces of legislation they are introducing and supporting during this legislative session.

Matt Lyon, executive director of Utah's Democratic Party, said all of the Hispanic elected officials in the state belong to the Democratic Party. He said Utah Democrats are increasing efforts to encourage Latino residents to participate in politics. As director of the party, Lyon is concerned by figures that indicate 13 percent of residents living in Utah are Latino but make up only 6 percent of the electorate.

"Are we making sure that we are being representative and that we are supporting our diverse communities," said Lyon. "That we are supporting our Hispanic and Latino populations and making sure that they are getting the same opportunities that we are giving everybody else?"

Utah Democrats Encourage Latino Participation

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Utah Legislature
4:59 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Utah's Medicaid Expansion Future Still Undecided

State lawmakers are considering Medicaid expansion proposals after Utah Governor Gary Herbert  said he will push for some form of expansion to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act. State Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D- Salt Lake) is serving on a governor's committee assigned to evaluate the financial costs of expanding Medicaid.

About 15 percent of Utah residents are uninsured. Chavez-Houck said lawmakers must decide if Utah should participate in a full expansion program to offset the costs of extending health benefits to 111,000 of the state's poorest.

"And here we are, still unable to move and in the meantime people aren't getting covered and we are losing our portion of what should be ours," Chavez-Houck said.

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Utah Sports
4:50 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

USU Handball Team Competes For National Handball Title

The USU handball team gathers for a group shot. From left to right: Marcus, Trevor, Jon, Kaneesha and Ryan. Jon and Kaneesha won in their division.

Utah State University's club Handball team will join other clubs from throughout the world to compete for a national title this month.

This will be the second year Utah State University's Ryan Campbell will compete in the United States Handball Association's National Collegiate Championships.  

"I won the division I championship last year and we won the doubles championship as well," Campbell said. "I have really good serves that stay really low. I love it when they return it and I just kill it."

A recent USU graduate, Campbell will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina for this year's competition on Feb. 19.

"We are losing a whole generation of kids who will know an absolutely terrific sport," said Herm Olsen, USU Handball team adviser.

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Utah Politics
4:52 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Democrats Respond To Gov. Herbert's State Of The State

Utah’s Democratic Party Executive Director responded to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s State of the State address Thursday by asking for a more detailed plan.  

“Utah faces many difficult issues, but our governor is just playing the margins,” Matt Lyon said.  “To plan for the future we want, we must be detailed, analytical, and strategic today.

Lyon said words are nice and but that the “Devil is in the Details.”

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Utah Legislature
6:38 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

At Legislative Opening, House Speaker Comes Out Strong

House Speaker Becky Lockhart kicked off the 2014 legislative session with critical words for Governor Gary Herbert on Monday.

In her opening remarks on the floor of the House, the Prove Republican asked lawmakers to encourage Herbert “to lead and not just follow” and to “be innovative and not just reactive.”

She said Utah needs energy in the governor’s office, not “an inaction figure.”

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Utah Environment
5:17 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

New Director Announced For Swaner Preserve And EcoCenter

Nell Larsen was announced as the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter's new director.

Utah State University has announced a new director to oversee a nature preserve in Summit County.  

Nell Larson will oversee operations at the 1,200-acre Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter in the Snyderville Basin near Park City.

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Utah Jobs
5:07 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Federal Grants Help Rural Utah Town Create Businesses

Two Utah hotel owners are receiving money from the federal government to create jobs in rural Utah.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the funding will be used to support rural businesses that also support tourism.

The city of Price will oversee a $1 million dollar grant to help West River Hospitality build a hotel there.  Another $642,000 will go to the city of Morgan for another hotel. USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O'Brien said the investment will create more than 70 jobs in Utah.

"If we are concerned about growing the national economy we need to be concerned about making smart investments in rural places,” O’Brien said. "In places like Utah the natural beauty attracts people who want to spend time there. With some investments then people who live in Utah are better able to capture that economic opportunity.” 

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Arts and Culture
6:34 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Utah Symphony And Opera Present Concert For Families With Special Needs Children Thursday

The Utah Symphony and Utah Opera will present their yearly concert for members of the community who are often limited when it comes to enjoying cultural opportunities this week.

It was during a board meeting 14 years ago that the CEO of the Utah Symphony and Orchestra was asked by a father to help find a way to include families and their special needs children so they could have access to music and performances without worrying about being disruptive.

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"He had a son with Autism and he said one of the things that our family needs is a cultural event we can attend together," said Paula Fowler, the director of education and community outreach for the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera.

Fowler said the father was concerned the public thought families with special needs children couldn't control their children.

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Utah Education
6:08 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Education Events Around Utah Inform Parents Of School Choices

Credit Ogden School District

Millions of Americans will voice their support for educational opportunity during the fourth-annual National School Choice Week, which begins on Jan. 26. An unprecedented 5,500 events across all 50 states will be taking place between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1.

Andrew Campanella is the president of National School Choice Week, and said the events will be held within individual communities around the country.

"We're looking at everything from rallies to round-table discussions, movie screenings. People getting together in individual homes and community centers, and talking about making good choices for their children, the options they have. Families in Utah have a lot of options. They do have school choice," Campanella said.

School choice means parents deciding how their children are educated- through all forms of education.

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