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Matt Jensen

Host, All Things Considered / 5:30 News Anchor

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 Environment
6:26 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

BLM Downsizes San Rafael Swell Auction

In a last-minute change, the Bureau of Land Management announced Friday it is pulling nearly 100,000 acres of federal land from an oil and gas lease auction scheduled for next week.

The agency says the public has raised concerns about impacts to sensitive species and cultural resources within some of the parcels slated for auction in Emery County near the San Rafael Swell.

BLM spokeswoman Megan Crandall says deferring the lands will give her agency more time to assess the area for natural and cultural resources.

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Utah News
10:10 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

LDS Affiliate Announces Florida Land Deal

A Utah-based corporation affiliated with the Mormon Church announced this week it's finalizing a major real estate deal on the Florida panhandle.

AgReserves, Inc., a tax-paying corporate affiliate of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints based in Salt Lake City, will acquire more than 382,000 acres of rural and timber-rich land in nine Florida counties for a price of $565 million, according to a Florida real estate firm.

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Five Billion Gallons
9:29 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Episode 6: The Changing Face of Water Management

There were over 300 attendees to the Utah Water Summit, where Governor Herbert announced the creation of his Water Strategy Advisory Team.
Credit Jennifer Pemberton

At the 20th Annual Utah Water Summit in Provo last month, Governor Herbert introduced his “gang of six” water experts, who spent the summer gathering ideas from the public at a series of Town Hall meetings about water.

One of those gang of six experts, Warren Peterson, spoke about the future of agriculture in Utah. He quoted Tom Bingham, who was the Farm Bureau Lobbyist for 25 years:

“He said, ‘I used to just go and count boots under the table, and I knew how the vote was going to come out,’ and now there aren’t any boots under the table.

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Cache Valley
4:40 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Mayoral Candidates Square Off In Logan Debate

Logan mayoral candidate Craig Petersen, left, and incumbent Mayor Randy Watts debate on the Utah State University campus Wednesday morning.
Credit Matt Jensen

Incumbent Randy Watts and candidate Craig Petersen met on the Utah State University Logan campus Wednesday morning for an hour-long debate on issues ranging from government transparency to police quotas.

Listen to the full debate.

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Five Billion Gallons
1:15 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Episode 5: The Technology of Water - Learning More to Use Less

Municipal water lines are stacked up near a construction project in Logan. From the Four Corners to Cache Valley, Utah's water network is in need of constant repair and replacement.
Credit Matt Jensen

Across Utah, utility crews are an in an uphill battle to maintain and modernize water delivery systems. From the desert community of St. George, to verdant Cache Valley, Utah’s water infrastructure is a complex network of old and new piping. Matt Jensen and Jennifer Pemberton report:

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Utah State University Events
3:53 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Kids and Costumes Welcome at Family Pops Concert

The American Festival Chorus and Orchestra performs at an event at the Kent Concert Hall in Logan.
Credit Weston Lee Allen

The American Festival Chorus and Orchestra in Logan will present a first-of-its-kind show this weekend that producers say will entertain patrons young and old. Matt Jensen reports.

American Festival Chorus and Orchestra Music Director Craig Jessop discusses the upcoming Family Pops Concert on Oct. 26.

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Five Billion Gallons
12:57 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Episode 4: Forecasting a Crop's Water Needs

This Crop Water Stress Map shows an area west of Delta, Utah. The colors indicate water needs.
Credit Utah Water Research Laboratory

We live in an ambitious desert society here in Utah. Food crops only grow here because we irrigate them with water we divert from rivers and reservoirs.

There's no chance that agriculture could flourish in Utah on rainfall alone. But one way to create more water in our system is to be more efficient with what we have; so researchers are working on making irrigation more predictable - think forecasting. Since the future of Utah's agricultural  industry might depend on the success of this research, we decided to learn more. Matt Jensen has the story.

Reporter Matt Jensen speaks with a pair of researchers about new technology being developed to forecast water needs on the farm.

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Utah State University Events
3:05 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

USU researchers explore psychology of healthy living

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, we often think first about diet and exercise. But a researcher at Utah State University is looking at the psychological aspects of healthy living and exploring the mental barriers that keep people from living the way they want.

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Five Billion Gallons
1:19 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Episode 3: The Royal Treatment - Living in Treated Wastewater

A Bonneville cutthroat trout is seen inside a tank at the visitors center of the Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District.
Credit Matt Jensen

The water cycle in communities across Utah is pretty straightforward. Water comes out of creeks and reservoirs, serves some purpose, and is put back into the chain further downstream. But as Matt Jensen explains, as the state’s population continues to rise, what we put back into the chain often comes with more than just water.

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Utah News
6:23 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

USU alumnus is recipient of Nobel Prize in economics

Credit Utah State Today

A Cache Valley native and Utah State University alumnus learned Monday he is one of three recipients of the Nobel Prize in economics for his work in financial market research.

Lars Peter Hansen and his colleague, Eugene Fama, are professors at the University of Chicago. The third recipient is Robert Shiller of Yale University. Hansen graduated from Utah State in 1974 with undergraduate degrees in math and political science. Here’s Hansen in an interview with University of Chicago press earlier today:

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