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 Art and Culture
2:52 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Utah's famous collection of Soviet art

Kozlov, Engels Vasilevich "Baking Bread"* (1967). SOCIAL REALISM OIL ON CANVAS
Springville Museum of Art

One of the biggest museum collections of Russian art in the United States is found right here in Utah, and its curator will soon become a recipient of one of Russia’s most prestigious fine art awards.

Vern Swanson is a leading expert on Soviet-era impressionist paintings. He’s visited Russia 36 times, written several books and articles on the topic and was director of the Springville Museum of Art in Utah County for 32 years.

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Utah Skies
1:51 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Planets will align in Western sky

A screenshot from NASA's YouTube video on the Sunset Triangle.
Credit NASA

A rare planetary alignment will treat sky watchers to a spectacular sunset later this month. Utah residents with an unobstructed view of the Western horizon will be able to see the formation which NASA is calling the “Sunset Triangle.” A YouTube video about the unique event explains what to watch for.

NASA says the triple conjunction is fairly rare. The last time it happened was May 2011 and it won’t appear again until October 2015.

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Utah news
3:18 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

One dead, another injured in oil tank blast

Oil well equipment in the Uintah Basin.
Credit Media relations - Newfield Exploration

Authorities in the Uintah Basin are working with federal investigators to determine what caused an explosion of an oil tank Tuesday evening which killed one man and injured another. The blast occurred just after 8:30 Tuesday night next to a crude oil well near Myton – about  20 miles south of Roosevelt. 

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3:06 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Court-ordered review of Ruby Pipeline underway

A gas line marker in Sardine Canyon north of Mantua, Utah.
Matt Jensen Utah Public Radio

A new environmental review is underway to assess the long-term impacts of the Ruby Pipeline. Last year, a federal appeals court ruled the government’s original environmental appraisal of the project was inadequate. UPR’s Matt Jensen has the story.

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Utah News
3:13 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Bomb scare locks down Ogden school

More than 500 students were evacuated from Shadow Valley Elementary School in Ogden on Tuesday after administrators learned of a bomb scare.
Credit Ogden School District

A bomb scare forced educators to evacuate and lock down an elementary school in Ogden on Tuesday. Ogden Police Lt. Danielle Croyle says there was no explosion or injuries of any kind after more than 500 students were evacuated from Shadow Valley Elementary at 4911 S. 1500 East at around noon Tuesday.

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Utah News
2:30 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

'ShakeOut' Drill Set for Wednesday


When we prepare together, we’ll survive together.

That’s the message behind the Great Utah SkakeOut – a statewide earthquake drill scheduled for 10:15 Wednesday morning. Organizers say nearly 900,000 people will participate in the exercise aimed at preparing Utahns for a major earthquake. TV and radio broadcasters will air a minute-long scenario about what to do when the shaking starts.

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Boston Marathon
5:36 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Utah Natives Cross Boston Finish Line Unhurt, Respond to Bombings

Two explosions detonated near the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday afternoon.
Credit Boston Marathon

This story originally aired as three separate stories. They have been weaved together for a more complete picture of what happened in Boston. 

Two explosions rocked the finish line at the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon. While people panicked, police tried to make sense of what just happened and prevent any other explosions.

According to the Boston Marathon website, more than 350 runners registered for Monday's race were Utahns. One of these runners, Kristen Munson said she was one of the lucky ones.

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4:31 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Governor Will Not Sign Snake Valley Water Deal

Credit Salt Lake Tribune / U.S.G.S.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Wednesday he will not sign off on a controversial water deal in the Snake Valley on the Utah-Nevada border.

An agreement more than four years in the making would extract water from an underground aquifer in the region and deliver it to Southern Nevada. In a statement released today, Herbert said a majority of affected Utah residents don’t support the agreement, and he said the Snake Valley debate has been the most complex and emotional issue he’s faced since taking office.

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Utah News
10:31 am
Fri March 29, 2013

ATK Experiences Cutbacks, Loses Employees in 3 States

The aerospace giant ATK announced Thursday the layoff of approximately 150 employees at its Box Elder County facility as well as in Mississippi and Ohio.

The company, best known for its solid-rocket boosters that propelled the space shuttle into orbit for many years, has laid off roughly half its workforce since 2009.

ATK spokeswoman Trina Helquist said the majority of layoffs took place at the nearby Promontory facility. About 90 employees agreed to voluntary severance.

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1:58 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Space Education Center Coming to Cache Valley

A boy examines an art-making pendulum at a recent science and art event in which the Space Education Center participated.

A team of educators plans to open a new space education center in Cache Valley, modeled after the Christa McCauliffe Space Center in Utah County. David Sidwell, executive director for the project, said the organization will be a hands-on arts and science lab with a Starship Simulator at its heart.

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