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 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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Environment
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

Credit ShakeOut.org/Utah

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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Environment
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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Education
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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Utah News
4:23 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Provo, Ogden Air Traffic Control Towers Will Close in Two Weeks

Both of the Utah air traffic control towers facing possible closure due to federal budget cuts received bad news today. The Provo and Ogden towers were not spared the cuts handed down by the FAA and are now scheduled to shut down on April 7.

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Utah News
3:53 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Provo and Ogden Air Traffic Control Towers at Risk of Closing

The Federal Aviation Administration is considering closing more than 200 air traffic control towers to cut costs because of sequestration.

Update: Friday March 22, the FAA announced Provo and Ogden airports are among the nationwide air traffic control towers to close. Read the story here.

In response to the across-the-board federal budget cuts due to sequestration, the Federal Aviation Administration has said it will cut $600 million by closing air traffic control towers at some of the nation’s smaller airports, including two in Utah. UPR’s Matt Jensen speaks with Utah airport officials and the US Contract Tower Association to see how the closures could affect the national airspace and air safety

Air traffic control towers at two Utah airports are among the more than 200 nation wide that could close on April 7 due to sequestration.

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