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 News
3:53 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Dozens of Utah towns will cancel local elections

Communities across Utah are preparing for next month’s general election. But in the small Central Utah town of Delta, elections have been canceled because not enough candidates filed to run for office.

One person met the deadline to run for mayor – but that person is the mayor himself. Gayle Bunker has been in office for 12 years. The retired farmer says residents haven’t shown much interest in public office. He sums it up in one word:

"Apathy," he said. "Nobody else wants to do it. And a lot of people think that if somebody else wants to do it, why should I?"

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Utah News
1:55 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Herbert asks Obama to open Utah's national parks

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert today formally requested President Obama re-open the state’s five national parks, national monuments, and other recreation areas.

In his letter to the president, Herbert says the shutdown is hurting individuals and businesses that rely on tourism for their livelihood.

If the President won’t free up federal funds to maintain and operate Utah’s national parks and monuments, Herbert says he’ll ask him to authorize Utah to use state and private funds to re-open them to the public.

Five Billion Gallons
9:54 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Episode 2: What Trees Know about Drought

Researchers can reconstruct historic and pre-historic water flows of western rivers by looking at tree rings from specimens high up in the watershed. The patterns of wet and dry cycles are revealing and can help plan for resource management in the future.
Credit Jennifer Pemberton

The trees in Utah's forests suck up water like sponges, and leave a record in their growth rings of when there was a lot of water in the region and when there was very little. Researchers are learning to decode the tree ring record and reconstruct what Utah's watersheds have been through over the past millennium. Today on the program, we bring you the story of how Utah's water past can help us plan for Utah's water future.

Special thanks for help with this episode to Western Water Assessment, Wasatch Dendroclimatology Research Group (WADR), and the Utah Climate Center.

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Utah News
11:51 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Ricin used in attempted suicide in North Logan

Castor beans

Decontamination efforts are underway at a home in Cache County where police say a woman attempted suicide with the poison, ricin.

According to a press statement issued by the Bear River Health Department, emergency dispatchers received a call around 10 p.m. Wednesday from an individual who was concerned that her cousin may be attempting suicide by swallowing processed castor beans.

Authorities responded to a basement apartment at a residence near 2300 N. 700 East in North Logan.

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Utah News
2:37 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Urban trail vote gets big support in Logan

Logan resident Mark Lunt appears in this YouTube video, encouraging residents to back municipal leaders in passing a trail improvement measure.

Municipal leaders in Logan on Tuesday night took a big step toward improving the city’s urban trails. Council members approved a $1.75 million deal that will fund trail construction projects to connect Logan neighborhoods to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and other paths in and around Logan Canyon.

Logan resident Mark Lunt was an active supporter for the enhanced trail system and has advocated for more livable communities throughout the city.

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Five Billion Gallons
9:49 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Episode 1: Making the Desert Blossom as a Lawn

After water falls from the sky as rain or snow, this graphic shows where it ends up.

Today on Five Billion Gallons we introduce Utah's water cycle, from rain to lawn, and when it doesn't rain for awhile, which it often doesn't,  there are quite a few steps in between. It turns out that those five billion gallons we use every day in Utah are only accounting for residential water -- the water we use to wash our clothes and our dishes and our hair and also the water we use to water our lawns and backyard gardens. Our per capita use of water is nearly the highest in the nation, just behind Nevada and Idaho. So why are we personally using so much water? According to the state Division of Water Resources, there is a pretty simple answer: it's our legacy. Utah's founders decreed that the desert should be made to blossom as a rose, and it did. It still does. But at what cost?

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

Tanner Talks explore knowledge and communities


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


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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