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.

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Utah Environment
1:58 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Utah's desert tortoise gets room to grow

A desert tortoise is seen inside the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve in Washington County.
Credit Courtesy: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Utah’s desert tortoises are getting a little more elbow room thanks to a new federal grant that will help expand a nature reserve in Washington County. UPR’s Matt Jensen reports.

On a blistering hot highway near St. George, bright yellow markers warn drivers to watch out for these ancient, shelled crawlers that live in a tiny desert nook of Southwestern Utah. Their home here is the farthest north you’ll find a desert tortoise in the United States. And although the reptiles survive in this harsh climate, they’ve been listed as a threatened species for more than two decades.

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Utah Legal News
12:16 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

High court agrees: Deb Brown factually innocent

In a long-awaited decision announced Friday morning, the Utah Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that exonerated former Logan resident Debra Brown of aggravated murder.

After an 11-year process to free Brown of what her lawyers say was a legal injustice, the case has come to a close.

Brown's legal team says the 4 to 1 decision by the high court reaffirms their commitment to reversing wrongful convictions.

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Utah News
12:34 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Update: Missing hikers found

A Smithfield couple who had been missing after a hike in the Bear River Mountains have been found safe.

Cache County Sheriff's officials say Chad and Lynn Hansen of Smithfield were located by search and rescue teams at approximately 11:30 Thursday morning.

In a news statement the office said family members received phone communication from the Hansens this morning, saying they were walking the main trail back to Tony Grove. The couple and their three dogs were found to be in good condition.

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Utah Transportation
3:34 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Utah highways scores high for safety, efficiency in national study

Utah was ranked 26th in a recent report on the performance of state highway systems.
Credit Reason Foundation

A new study on the health of the nation’s highway system gave Utah high marks for safety and efficiency. But overall the state ranked 26th with only mediocre scores for congestion, rural pavement conditions and administrative costs. Study author David T. Hartgen, emeritus professor of transportation at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, says the rankings are a function of both cost and efficiency.

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Utah Agriculture
3:52 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Lawmakers aim to eliminate death tax

A grain operation in Juab County.
Credit utah.gov

Utah farmers could find some financial relief in the near future if a major tax reform bill becomes law. UPR’s Matt Jensen reports on a new attempt at eliminating one of the nation’s oldest taxes.

A South Dakota lawmaker is proposing to do away with a centuries-old tax commonly known as the death tax. The estate tax, its technical name, is levied on family farms, ranches, and businesses upon the death of an owner. Needless to say, it’s a very unpopular tax among farmers.

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Arts and Culture
3:30 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Arrival from Sweden dazzles Freedom Fire

Stage crew members work to prepare for Freedom Fire on Wednesday.
Credit Matt Jensen

Crowds couldn't get enough of the music of ABBA at Wednesday night's Freedom Fire event inside USU's Romeny Stadium in Logan.

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Utah Environment
10:41 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Judge hears arguments on Southern Utah land use

Factory Butte at Sunset. Copyright Tom Till.
Credit Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

On Tuesday morning, a federal judge in Salt Lake City is scheduled to hear oral argument in a heated debate over public land use in Southern Utah. UPR’s Matt Jensen reports.

Conservation groups are trying to convince a judge to reverse a land use management plan created five years ago that allows off-road vehicle users access to large portions of land in south-central Utah. One such group is the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance that argues such vehicles are harming delicate landscapes near Capitol Reef National Park and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

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Utah State University News
4:57 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

USU concrete canoe places in top five at nationals

This Facebook photo shows members from the USU Concrete Canoe team at a national competition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For the third straight year, Utah State University engineering students have placed at a national concrete canoe competition.

This year’s event was held June 20-23 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Undergraduates at the Logan campus have been constructing the rock-hard vessels for regional races for more than two decades, and in recent years have taken their game to the top. The competition tests both speed and construction techniques. The team’s advisor says a lot of brain power goes into making a concrete canoe float.

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Public Safety News
1:21 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Fireworks restrictions expected in Logan

City of Logan officials anticipate banning fireworks and other ignition sources in parts of the city before July 4.
Credit utcourts.gov

Logan’s fire chief says fireworks restrictions will be in place in parts of the city before the July Fourth holiday.

The state legislature passed a new law this year that requires municipal councils to decide fireworks restrictions, instead of delegating authority to fire chiefs and marshals.

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Utah Recreation
4:06 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Forest Service offers 'Bear Aware' tips

A sign posted at Sunrise Campground in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest cautions campers about bear encounters.
Credit Matt Jensen

The US Forest Service is offering Utah residents tips on how to stay safe in bear country this summer season.

Agency spokeswoman Kathy Jo Pollock says there have been recent sightings of black bears along the Wasatch Front. She says there are simple things that can be done to avoid an encounter with a black bear, including keeping campsites clean of food and trash, storing food away from sleeping areas and letting bears know when you’re around.

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