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.

Ways To Connect

The overall theme for National Public Health Week this year is "A Healthier America Begins Today". It's a time when public health agencies from all across the United States come together... to encourage families, friends and neighbors to make small changes. Because when they make small changes in their lives, they protect their health and they prevent disease.

Jill Parker of the Bear River Health Department gives UPR listeners a run-down of the week's events in Northern Utah.

The concept behind an empty bowl event is not new. It began in South Carolina as a way to bring attention to the need to feed those less fortunate. Thursday, on the campus of Utah State University in Logan, area restaurants donated soup and bread while members of USU's ceramics guild threw 250 bowls. Visitors who purchased a bowl of soup got to take the bowl home and the money was donated to the Cache Community Food Pantry.

Lawyers for an environmental activist convicted of disrupting a federal oil-and-gas auction say the man has been put into isolation at a federal prison because of an unidentified congressman's complaint. The federal bureau of prisons refuses to confirm or deny that Tim DeChristopher is being punished.

Kerry Bringhurst talks to the Standard Examiner's editor Dave Greiling every Wednesday about the paper's headlines.

Weber High School Assistant Principal Fired
Jim Bell was terminated from Weber High School on March 21 and the school district also provided information about that termination to the North Ogden police department. The allegations or charges against Jim Bell have not been released.

A federal program to help rural residents construct their own homes is facing funding cuts. UPR's Kerry Bringhurst tells us administrators of the program in Cache and Box Elder Counties are worried cuts to the national program could harm future home owners.

Kim Datwyler is Executive Director of the Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation. She helps administer funds from the federal government for the program:

Kerry Bringhurst had the opportunity to have a conversation with the artist commissioned to construct and install a hanging sculpture in Utah State University's new Agricultural Research & Science Building, "kinetic sculptor" Tim Prentice from Connecticut.

The new building is recognized for its energy efficiency and everything about it reflects the theme of nature. Prentice's sculpture is inspired by grass.

Kerry talks to the Standard Examiner's editor Dave Greiling every Wednesday about the paper's headlines.

Weber State Tuition Hike
Weber State University asking its board of regents to increase tuition and fees. The Standard Examiner reports that an increase of 5% in tuition could go into effect for the summer session. Dave Greiling says the increase "For a full-time undergraduate that's a state resident...would be about $110 a semester."

Residents in Utah are being taxed for digital goods including movies, videos and online books. The director of the "Download Fairness Coalition" is calling for federal guidelines to oversee the taxation of digital products and says Utah should make sure other states are not taxing on top of their taxes. Kerry Bringhurst continues her conversation with Same Whitehorn.

A national coalition of businesses, including Amazon and Apple, is pushing for federal guidelines to protect consumers from being taxed by multiple states for digital products and services. Kerry Bringhurst speaks with Sam Whitehorn, Executive Director of the "Download Fairness Coalition" during a two-part conversation featured this week on Utah Public Radio.

Wheatfield by J. Leo Fairbanks is one of the pieces of the State Fine Art Collection on exhibit at the Capitol.

The 2012 Legislative Session concluded last week -- giving time for UPR's Kerry Bringhurst to reflect back on not only the bills but what she saw while spending time at the Capitol...a series of art displayed alongside the office doors of members of the Utah House of Representatives. She takes us to the 4th floor of the Capitol for a tour.

The State Fine Art Exhibition at the Capitol is on display through August 5.
 

Kerry and Dave talk about this week's headlines, including Ogden school district's bad news audit and the new Ogden chief of police.

Full stories and more at the Standard Examiner's website.

The new plan for oil shale development on public lands would keep activity off thousands of acres of environmentally sensitive areas, with new leases initially being issued strictly for research on how to commercially produce oil from oil shale in Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado.

Governor Gary Herbert has signed a bill to fund economic development in rural Utah. UPR's Kerry Bringhurst was at the state capitol during the signing ceremony and files this report.

Kerry Bringhurst talks to Dave Greiling about today's headlines, including the fate of Powder Mountain resort, Rep. Brad Dee's legislation about overruling felony convictions based on factual innocence, and Ogden's plan for revitalization.

Read these full stories and more at the Standard-Examiner's website.

Utah Avalanche Center

The Utah Avalanche Center has issued watches from Central to Northern Utah today. The Center's Toby Weed talks about what can be learned from this year's avalanche season.

Updates are posted throughout the day at utahavalanchecenter.org.

 

Senator Lee said revenue from the development of federal lands could be used to make the state's education system the best in the country. He is urging Utah Lawmakers to assert their rights to access public lands within the state and stand against the overreach of the federal government. 

UPR's Kerry Bringhurst tells us more. 

Kerry Bringhurst talks to Dave Greiling about Representative Paul Ray's gun bill that passed the House and heads to the Senate, a proposed corridor near Syracuse that threatens the old Emigration Trail, and other topics in the news this week.

Full coverage of these stories and more can be found at the Standard-Examiner's website.

A survey to study state-wide transportation trends is being sponsored by a metropolitan planning organization in Cache county. Kerry Bringhurst reports.

Members of the Cache Valley community will gather Friday to participate in a vigil to honor the memory of 7-year-old Charlie Powell and his 5-year-old brother Braden.

UPR's Kerry Bringhurst tells us the brutal murder of the boys at their father's hand has prompted law enforcement and the Child & Family support Center to ask for the community's support in taking a stand against child abuse.

All members of the public are invited:
4:00 p.m. Friday, February 10
Cache Valley Courthouse (199 N Main Street in Logan)
Bring a helium filled balloon

Kerry Bringhurst talks to Dave Greiling about this week's breaking news in Utah.

For these full stories and more, go to the Standard-Examiner's website.

Authorities say they have no doubt Josh Powell, husband of missing Susan Powell, is at fault for the explosion that killed him and his two children. 

Kerry Bringhurst has the story. 

 

Authorities have no doubt the husband of missing Utah woman Susan Powell is responsible for the explosive fire Sunday that killed their two children and himself yesterday in Washington State. The investigation is in full swing in Pierce County as the Sheriff's Department begins to fill holes in the case.

No one was arrested, but Tuesday morning officers raided three smoke shops in Provo, one in American Fork, and one in Lehi, looking for Spice. 

Officers were part of the Utah County Major Crimes task force. Kerry Bringhurst has the story. 

Kerry Bringhurst talks to Dave Greiling about the scanner recordings released by Weber County authorities from the January 4th shooting in Odgen that resulted in an officer's death and the Roy teenagers who are faced with possessing a weapon of mass destruction and plotting to blow up a high school.

Read the full stories at the Standard-Examiner's website.
 

Governor Gary Herbert outlined an initiative this week to improve air quality in the state's urban areas, discussing the relationship between industry and government when it comes to finding a solution to the state's air pollution problems. Kerry Bringhurst has details.

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