Shalayne Smith Needham

Production Specialist / All Things Considered Host

Shalayne Smith Needham has worked at Utah Public Radio since 2000 as producer of Access Utah.  She graduated from Utah State University in 1997 with a BA in Sociology, emphasis on Criminology.  A Logan native, she grew up with an appreciation for the great outdoors and spends her free time photographing the Western landscape and its wildlife. 

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Alisha Weigle was born into a family of 46 children, with three mothers, and a father, in the Colorado City polygamous compound in Arizona.

"I was one of the few that went away and went to college in Cedar City," Alisha said. "I got a degree in education, but I also got my eyes opened in a big way as to what the real world was."

Martha Ham interviewed her friend Michelle Thomas in the StoryCorps booth in St. George in May, about her experiences during the nuclear bomb testing done at the Nevada test site, just over 100 miles from St. George during the Cold War.


  • Federal Officials Arrest 54 Immigrants in Utah
  • Parents of Boy Who Drowned in Washing Machine Won't Face Charges
  • Where are the Worst Drivers in Utah?

These headlines and the rest of the day's news along with the forecast from the Utah Climate Center during our 5:30 Utah News broadcast.

A bill that would not only improve public notice of Utah’s neighborhood caucus meetings, but block any other public meetings from being held the same day, will go before lawmakers during the upcoming legislative session.   Republican Representative Kraig Powell, the bill’s sponsor, calls the neighborhood caucuses Utah’s “real election day.”

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