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.

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Utah News
11:59 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Over 50 and Underwater: AARP Reports on Senior Foreclosure Rate

AARP reports increased rate of foreclosures for people over 50.

There are millions of homeowners over the age of 50 that are still at risk of foreclosure. That's the finding from an AARP national report released today.

Utah doesn't track mortgage defaults by age of homeowner, although the state remains in the top 10 in the nation for foreclosures.

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Utah News
6:50 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

New Website is One-Stop-Shop for Living with Wildfires in Utah

The new website from USU extension is Fire.USU.edu.

Carolyn Washburn is a family educator with Utah State University Extension. She talked to Kerry Bringhurst the extension service's new website devoted to living with wildfires.

"Utah State University has always been concerned with helping families be prepared for all aspects of their lives. As the wildfire season hit so strongly this summer, we thought we wanted to put some materials together that could provide families and individuals with resources on how to prevent wildfires and ways to clean up after it."

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Logan
6:24 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

What the 4 H's Stand For and Why Utah has a Proud 4-H History: Interview ith Ross Jacobsen

Utah 4-H is holding a centennial celebration this week in Logan. Kerry Bringhurst speaks with Ross Jacobsen, who has dedicated 32 years of his career working with Utah State University as part of what has become the nation's largest youth development organization, 4-H.

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Park City
4:34 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Diversity in the West...Thanks to the Land Grant Universities: Interview with Chuck Gay

Justin Morrill's eponymous Act was the founding document that established the Land Grant universities, including Utah State University, host of this year's Western Region Joint Summer Meetings.

"Celebrating Diversity in the West" is the focus of administrative leaders in Western Land Grant universities, who are meeting this week in Park City for the Western Region Joint Summer Meetings.

Kerry Bringhurst speaks with Chuck Gay, Associate Vice President for Extension at Utah State University, who explains why representatives from the Land Grant universities get together every summer and what they are celebrating this year.

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Utah News
3:39 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Genetics May Play a Part in Our Response to Elvis

Nathan Bringhurst has Williams syndrome, a genetic disorder critical to a recent University of Utah study connecting genes to emotional responses to music.

Newly published research from the University of Utah shows  there is  a genetic connection to the emotional response to music. For the study, music by Elvis Presley and others was played to gage emotional hormone levels in people with Williams syndrome, a well-documented genetic disorder.

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Logan
6:03 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

What It Means to Be Responsible for Wildfire Suppression

Logan resident Scott Bushman is a member of a Northern Utah Type-III Overhead Team, responsible for managing wildlife suppression operations. Kerry Bringhurst talked to Bushman about what it's like to wake up to a phone call and go fight a wildland fire.

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Utah News
4:42 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Strong Reactions to Supreme Court Ruling Heard Around the State

Reactions to the Supreme Court's decision regarding national health care reform vary. During UPR's Access Utah broadcast Thursday morning, guests were asked to give their reaction to the decision, less than an hour after the announcement, and by mid-day Utah's high-level politicians had released their statements.

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Utah News
4:31 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Remember the Livestock: Wildfire and Utah's Agricultural Industry

It's already apparent that the recent and ongoing consuming wildfires in Utah will have an impact on the state's economy. Kerry Bringhurst spoke with Kyle Stevens, Deputy Commissioner for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, about the impacts on the agricultural industry in Utah. Livestock producers in Sanpete County have reported the loss of lambs and ewes in wildfires. In other areas of the state, livestock has been evacuated. 

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Utah News
3:38 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

In Heat Like This, Working Outdoors is Dangerous

Water, Rest, Shade -- the 3 things OSHA and the Department of Labor say outdoor work can't get done without.

When temperatures soar like they have this week in Utah, working outdoors can be dangerous. A national campaign is underway to help prevent heat-related deaths and illness.

Twenty-three girls from Southern Utah's Hurricane High School cheer squad spend a lot of time outside in the heat. Shanna Baker is their assistant coach, responsible for making sure the girls stay hydrated and healthy.

"In fact our school is under construction, so we're outside full time right now on the football field."

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Utah News
3:12 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Premature Deaths on the Rise for Uninsured Utahns

A Families USA report out this week links lack of health care coverage to premature death.

The non-profit organization Families USA released a report this week that estimates 2 Utahns between the ages of 25 - 64 die every week because they did not have adequate health care.

The organization's Executive Director Ron Pollack says the Affordable Care Act offers access to coverage for families who struggle to get the health care they need.

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