Matt Jensen

News Coordinator, Host All Things Considered

Matt started at UPR in 2007 as a student announcer for the Sunday evening shift. A year later he graduated from Utah State University with a degree in broadcast journalism. He spent five years at The Herald Journal covering crime, courts and public safety news. He rejoined the UPR staff in 2013 as a news coordinator and host for All Things Considered.


Utah Health and Wellness
6:36 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Utah's Little Sahara Gets New Helipads

A BLM medical buggy is seen at the Little Sahara Recreation Area. The agency says it will unveil two new helipads Saturday that will improve medical response at the remote site.
Credit BLM

One of the state’s most popular Easter weekend destinations is the Little Sahara Recreation Area – best known by residents as the Utah sand dunes.

The site is a Mecca for off-road vehicles and dune buggies but also a place where fun can lead to personal injury. Calls for help have become so common here, the Bureau of Land Management says it plans to unveil two brand new air ambulance landing pads this week that were built to improve medical response.

BLM spokeswoman Lisa Reid said the new installations will also improve safety.

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Utah News
3:42 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Vehicle Collision Leaves Cache Valley Man in Critical Condition

A three-vehicle collision in Millville on Thursday evening sent one person to the hospital and prompted an investigation into whether one of the drivers was under the influence of alcohol.

Cache County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Peterson issued a news statement Friday, saying the driver of a pickup truck traveling eastbound on 200 South in Millville was driving erratically when he crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a passenger vehicle near 140 W. 200 South around 7:30 p.m.

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Utah Environment
5:10 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Biologists Still Searching For Answers In Bald Eagle Deaths

After a string of bald eagle deaths in the fall, the Division of Wildlife resources says there are still unanswered questions.
Credit Photo by Lynn Chamberlain / DIVISION OF WILDLIFE RESOURCES

Wildlife biologists say there are still unanswered questions about the recent die-off of dozens of bald eagles in Utah. A total of 72 bird carcasses have been turned into the state’s Division of Wildlife Resources where scientists are performing necropsies on the birds’ livers and brain tissue. And despite some controversy, when the tests are complete, the eagle remains are incinerated. Leslie McFarlane is the wildlife disease program coordinator with the DWR.

“There’s all kinds of opinion about what we should or shouldn’t do. In this case we choose to take human safety as our primary concern,” she said.

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Utah News
4:40 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Spring Break Hits Utah; Students Head To Vegas, National Parks

Students here at Utah State and across Utah are on Spring Break this week. Some will stay home to catch up on studying. Others will travel to popular destinations including national parks and, you guessed it, Las Vegas.

“March is the busiest month of the entire year for Las Vegas,” said Courtney Fitzgerald, a spokeswoman for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

“In 2013 we saw more than 3.5 million people in the month of March alone.”

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Utah Education
2:14 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Logan Students Among Finalists For Video Contest

Ellis Elementary is one of 12 nationwide finalists for the Scotties Tissues 'Trees Rock' video contest. School officials say if the school wins, it will use the prize money to plant trees.
Credit Ellis Elementary

A class of fifth graders is getting excited about trees.

Students at Ellis Elementary in Logan are among 12 finalists nationwide in a video contest that could bring the school $10,000 in prize money.

Ellis is the longest continually-running school in the state, and it's in need of a major remodel. That means about 10 big trees that surround the school have to come down, and they'll need to be replaced.

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Utah News
4:25 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Utah Man Is Finalist for One-Way Trip To Mars

Ken Sullivan of Farmington is one of 1,058 finalists for the Mars-One expedition.
Credit Ken Sullivan

Imagine taking a one-way trip to Mars.

For one Utah man what sounds like science fiction could soon be reality. Ken Sullivan of Farmington is one of about 1,000 finalists for the Mars-One expedition - part of an ambitious project to colonize the red planet by 2025. Matt Jensen reports:

Ken Sullivan is a helicopter pilot, licensed aircraft mechanic, Dixie State University graduate, a former EMT, and someone who has experience on the farm. The 38 year old said he’s wanted to travel to space since he was a kid.

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Utah State University
4:18 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

So Long, Coca-Cola

Staff members at Aggie Ice Cream remove the lettering from a Coca-Cola sign Friday afternoon. Utah State University in Logan will be an all-Pepsi campus beginning in 2014.
Credit Matt Jensen

Students returning to Utah State University in Logan this spring semester will notice a change at the vending machines.

Coca-Cola is out and Pepsi is in.

USU’s decade-long contract with the beverage giant has come to an end and Pepsi will be taking its place.

Dwight Davis, associate vice president of business and finance at USU, says all products and services on campus go through a competitive bid process.

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Utah News
6:10 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

UHP: No Extra Troopers With Colorado's New Marijuana Laws

The Utah Highway Patrol has said it does not intend to place additional Troopers near the Colorado border in light of that state's new marijuana policies.
Credit Utah Department of Public Safety

One of the biggest stories of the new year is Colorado's shift in marijuana policy. Residents in the Centennial State can now legally purchase marijuana, and the federal government has said it will not interfere.

Utah shares a long border with Colorado but authorities here say the new laws won't change enforcement practices. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Rob Nixon says there's no discussion about adding extra troopers near the border. He says it'll be business as usual.

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Utah News
3:29 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

How Accurate Is Your Countdown?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology calibrates the nation's time.
Credit Matt Jensen

As we celebrate the start of a new year Tuesday night, many of us will be counting down to midnight. So with that many eyes on the clock, we decided to ask some questions about time. Utah Public Radio recently spoke with the organization that’s keeping time down to the smallest fraction.

With so many of us checking our clocks around midnight tonight, it might be a good time to ask: What time is it, exactly?

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Utah Health
3:36 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Unhealthy Air Returns

A webcam shows air pollution in Salt Lake Valley on Friday.
Credit Web cam courtesy of the University of Utah / TimeScience

It was a nice break while it lasted but unhealthy air is back in the skies above Salt Lake and Cache valleys.

Red air conditions were met in Salt Lake County on Friday, and in Cache Valley pollution levels were unhealthy for sensitive groups for parts of the day.

Mandatory restrictions were in effect in several areas Friday and Saturday, meaning the use of wood, coal and pellet-fired stoves and appliances is prohibited. 

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