Mackinzie Hamilton


Mackinzie Hamilton started her career in 2009 as a reporter for 610 AM KVNU and staff writer for Cache Valley before joining UPR in 2011. A freshman at Utah State University, she is majoring in Journalism and communications with a minor in vocal performance.

Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation

This is the second week of competition in the Gina Bachauer International Young Artist Piano Competition in Salt Lake City. This week's competitors are 14 - 18 years old.

Last week the 11 - 13 year old pianists competed in the Junior Competition. Ryota Yamazaki, a Japanese 13-year-old who lives and studies in Utah, was named the winner for his performance of Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3 in C Major.

UPR's Mackinzie Hamilton spoke to Gary Billings, the director of the competition, and learned more about the high caliber of these performers.

The "Dump Fire" that started this week near Saratoga Springs was only 20% contained before today's high temperatures and winds forced more than 2,000 homes to be evacuated in Saratoga Springs and nearby Eagle Mountain.

Early on Friday, FEMA authorized funds through a Fire Management Assistance Grant to help fight the fire.


  • An evacuation center has been set up at Westlake High School, 99 North Thunder Blvd., Saratoga Springs
  • Eagle Mountain residents should call 801-789-6000 for emergency info
  • Saratoga Springs residents should call 801-766-6503 for emergency info
  • For pet evacuation assistance call Steve Weber at Cedar Pass Ranch: 801-735-6646

In an interview with Mackinzie Hamilton last November, personal trainer Drew Manning talked about his life after gaining 70 pounds and shared doubts that he could shed the weight. It's just a little reminder of the Fat part of his Fit to Fat to Fit journey he shared with UPR on Access Utah this week.


While Dan Lilenquist tries to unseat incumbent Senator Orrin Hatch for the Republican nod in this November’s senate election, the Utah Democratic Party has already picked their nominee. Scott Howell responds to the June 15 debate between the Republican candidates on the Doug Wright Show as well as addresses his "3 E's" -- Education, Economy, Energy -- with UPR's Mackinzie Hamilton.

  • 3 of the Fastest Growing Towns in America are in Utah
  • Suicide Prevention Bill Signed Into Law
  • Which Candidate is the Most Attractive to Utah Voters?

These stories and the rest of the day's headlines on our 5:30 Utah News broadcast.

  • Gov. Herbert Has Approved a New Education Budget
  • Man Charged with Aggravated Murder for Shooting a Smoke Shop Owner's Son
  • California Man Honored with Bravery Award for Saving a Life in Zion National Park

State Education Budget

Gov. Herbert Signed Into Law:

  • Longer Waiting Period for Abortions in Utah
  • Shorter Window for Shooting Off Fireworks this Year
  • Nearly 200 More Bills

We cover news of Utah's newest laws and the rest of the day's headlines on our 5:30 newscast.

  • Gunfire at a House Party Injures Four
  • Man Planning to Propose to His Girlfriend Has Died
  • Arrest Made for the Murder of a 15-Year-Old Girl

Listen to these stories and the rest of the day's news , plus the weather forecast, on our 5:30 Utah News broadcast.

  • A Busy Last Day of Utah Legislative Session
  • Grain Mill Fire in Southern Idaho
  • Suing DOT Over Sinkhole Death

These stories and today's headlines in Utah News, plus full legislative coverage and the wonderful forecast from the Utah Climate Center.

  • Snowy Road Conditions Kill Two Men in Clearfield
  • Utah Home Sales are on the Rise
  • Senate Says No More Filming on Farms

These stories and the rest of the day's headlines, plus legislative coverage and a forecast from the Utah Climate Center.

  • Woman Struck and Killed by Truck in Provo
  • State Attorneys Appeal Payment of $5.5 Million Debt Incurred by Warren Jeffs
  • Education a Hot Topic at the Capitol Today

These stories and the rest of the day's headlines, plus legislative coverage and a forecast from the Utah Climate Center.

Some welfare recipients may be required to undergo drug tests to qualify for benefits under a bill that has passed the house. Republican Representative Brad Wilson of Kaysville explained last week that anyone who fails a drug test could enroll in a treatment program to avoid losing their benefits. Mackinzie Hamilton has more about the bill.

  • A Proposed Bryce Canyon Coal Mine Has Environmentalists Very Concerned
  • Utah's 5th Avalanche Death
  • Lots of Bills Awaiting Governor Herbert's Signature

These stories and the rest of the day's headlines, plus legislative coverage and a forecast from the Utah Climate Center.

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The latest news on the winter storm sweeping across the Rockies and bringing significant snowfall and flooding to Utah.

Utah faces a shortage of affordable housing for low-income households, but the Olene Walker Housing Fund has managed to help keep thousands of Utahns from being homeless. The Fund has also managed to keep off the federal housing cuts chopping block. Gordon Walker, State Director Housing and Community Development discussed the Olene Walker Fund at an affordable housing press conference yesterday.

Federal officials detonated explosive material they found inside a Utah home where a narcotics officer was shot dead and five others were wounded. Mackinzie Hamilton reports.