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.

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Utah State University Events
4:30 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Tanner Talks explore knowledge and communities

Allen
Credit liberalis.usu.edu

A series of cross-disciplinary talks kicks off Oct. 2 on the Utah State University Logan campus, where speakers will explore topics ranging from society to religion and information. UPR’s Matt Jensen reports.

They say the best ideas float to the top. One Utah State University researcher agrees, and says it also helps if those ideas are born in communities. John Allen is a community sociologist and dean of USU’s College of Humanities of Social Sciences. His research specializes in the intersection where information connects with social groups.

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Utah News
2:29 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Lt. Gov. Greg Bell resigns

Bell
Credit utah.gov

Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell announced Monday he’s stepping down after four years in office, saying it’s time to take care of his family’s long-term financial future.

The 64-year-old Ogden native took office Sept. 1, 2009 and also served as a state senator for Utah’s 22nd Senate District in Davis County after being elected in 2006.

He says he intends to return to the private sector.

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Utah Environment
4:50 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Anadarko and school lands agree to wait on Book Cliffs work

State Capitol

Energy developers and the state’s school lands trust have agreed to postpone mineral exploration in an area of the Book Cliffs in Eastern Utah.

Gov. Gary Herbert’s office announced Friday the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, or SITLA, and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation will delay exploratory work within the 18,000-acre Bogart Canyon region until January 2016.

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Utah News
2:47 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

9/11 memorial unveiled at USU's Botanical Center

Firefighters and police officers participate in the unveiling of a new 9/11 memorial in Kaysville.
Matt Jensen

The names of three Utahns killed along with thousands of others in the Sept. 11 attacks are now part of the centerpiece at a new 9/11 memorial unveiled this morning in Kaysville.

“These three people from Utah were among the first casualties in the war on terror,” said event narrator Spence Kinard. “A grandmother, a mother and a husband - it was such a cruel, senseless and cowardly act – an attack on innocent people. Nearly 3,000 men, women and children were killed that day as America went to war again.”

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Utah News
4:15 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Logan looks ahead for landfill site

A garbage truck unloads residential waste at the Logan landfill.
Credit Matt Jensen

With the end in sight for Logan's solid waste landfill, the city is making long-term plans and turning the area into more than just an old dumping ground. UPR's Matt Jensen toured the landfill and has this report.

It’s mid-day at Logan’s solid waste landfill and the place is buzzing with activity. Garbage trucks line up to unload heaps of trash while a pair of bulldozers race to flatten it out and cover it with a layer of dirt. My tour guide is Emily Malik, a conservation coordinator for Logan city’s environmental department.

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Utah News
12:01 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Update: University releases name of student fatally injured on Old Main Hill

Eric S. Anderson is seen in this Facebook image playing the trumpet for the USU marching band.

University officials have released the name of the man who died Monday after running into a slackline on his bicycle while riding down Old Main Hill.

Eric Scott Anderson, 24, of West Jordan was a junior at USU majoring in music and a member of the school's marching band, according to university spokesman Tim Vitale.

Anderson was riding his bike westbound down the school's grassy Old Main Hill when, according to police, he ran into a slackline tensioned between two trees about half-way down the hill.

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Utah News
8:31 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

USU student dies after hitting slackline on bike

Police investigate the scene where a cyclist hit a slackline anchord between two trees on the USU campus Monday.
Credit Matt Jensen

A 24-year-old Utah State University student died Monday afternoon from injuries he received after running into a slackline on his bicycle while traveling down a steep hill, campus police said.

USU Police Chief Steve Mecham said 911 dispatchers received a call at 4:58 p.m., about the incident on USU's Old Main Hill – a steep, tree-dotted slope on the west edge of campus.

Mecham said the cyclist was traveling westbound down the grassy hill when he impacted the tensioned line anchored between two large trees.

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Utah News
7:12 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Postal Service: No deal with LDS Church

An artist's rendering of the Provo City Center Temple.
Credit Lds.org

In an apparent change of plans, the U.S. Postal Service says it has no intentions of selling its downtown Provo Post Office to the LDS Church - even as a rising temple occupies the space around it.

Ongoing construction of the Provo City Center Temple is taking place at what were the burnt-out remains of the city’s Tabernacle. Road blocks are affecting street access to the nearby downtown post office, and Provo has also sold most of the roadway adjacent to the post office directly south of the new temple to the church.

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Utah News
8:40 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Prison move looks at land, jobs and inmate rehabilitation

An 11-member board is exploring the many angles involved in a possible move of the Utah State Prison.
Credit Utah Association of Counties

An 11-member panel is exploring the possibility of relocating Utah’s biggest prison. UPR’s Matt Jensen spoke with members of the prison relocation board and has this story.

Members of PRADA – the Prison Relocation and Development Authority – are discussing what it would take to move a prison. And, like any big undertaking, they say the devil’s in the details.

"It’s a many-headed monster," says Lane Summerhays, chairman for the board overseeing the prison study.

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Utah Environment
3:45 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

BLM turns to volunteers to tackle junk piles

Illegal dumping on BLM public lands.
Credit S. White, BLM.

Administrators of federal lands in Southern Utah are turning to the public’s help to tackle a growing problem.

Bureau of Land Management officials in Cedar City say illegal dumping can plague wild lands near cities and towns. BLM rangers say they find discarded junk regularly – from shot-out TVs and water heaters to abandoned cars. Much of the waste comes from homes, says the BLM’s Mitch Owens.

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