Suzi Montgomery

Program Producer, Science Questions

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Suzi Montgomery has been in Salt Lake city since 1993. She holds a Bachelor's in Anthropology and a Master's in French Literature & Teaching and is currently an educator and the Senior Producer of SQ Radio, a weekly science radio show from UPR. Radio became her preferred medium after working as a documentarian for the Utah State Anthropology Department and using her archive of 200 interviews of Southern Utah ranchers in the classroom, working with youth to turn firsthand history into radio documentaries. This was the inception of an award-winning youth radio documentary apprenticeship program she ran during her seven-year tenure as Executive Director of Higher Ground Learning, an urban experiential education center.
Ms. Montgomery is an advocate for public education and continues to teach in the classroom while using pedagogy to inform her approach to science radio -- the positive impact a teacher can have on a student’s life is one of the things she takes most seriously and radio storytelling is not only a great educational tool, but also the most direct route to the public ear.


Science Questions
12:17 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Coyote Controversy on Friday's Science Questions


Coyotes are the most abundant predator in America. Today we talk about the controversial K9 and it’s perseverance in the West and question the force of human kind and nature. 

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Science Questions
2:45 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Aché Indians Focus of New Book on Science Questions

Archeological data suggests the Aché Indians lived and hunted throughout the Atlantic rainforest in Paraguay for thousands of years. Now they are cornered near a shrinking region of the endangered forest, rich in biodiversity and hosts several species threatened with extinction. One Salt Lake resident worked with the tribe. His book tells the story of a fictional band of Aché forced to deal with the diminishing forest in "The Shrinking Jungle.

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Science Questions
4:56 pm
Fri November 9, 2012


There isn't anyone in the U.S. who isn't a downwinder. In collaboration with local artists, Utah state history, and City Academy Charter School, Higher Ground Learning, a creative learning center for youth and 5 teenagers, explored nuclear testing, power and waste from their classroom and from their camp-out in the Utah West Desert, one of the areas hardest hit by the nuclear fall-out.

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Science Questions
11:18 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Nature and the Cognitive Brain on Science Questions

Science Questions presents new research at Utah State University on climate change in Utah, a new study on the effects of nature on infants, and then SQ radio presents a story that traces the moon landing to find out about the mysterious "moon tree."  

Access Utah
11:04 am
Fri August 10, 2012

City Academy Students Explore Groups in Society on AU Friday

As school days edge closer, producers Sheri Quinn and Suzi Montgomery present this special archival program, a compilation of previously aired youth produced stories from Utah teens from City Academy Charter School in Salt Lake City.  We learn about one teen's gang life, what a boiler maker is, and one teen's perspective on polygamy.  

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Science Questions
10:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Morals, Farming, and Hydraulic Fracturing on Science Questions

Farmer Mick Luber. Photo by Zack Pontius.

Science Questions profiles two farmers living on opposite sides of the country, but whom are both profoundly impacted by the oil and gas industry. Science Questions goes to the heart of farm land in Ohio and Utah, where natural gas extraction and farming collide. 

Science Questions
11:13 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Recovery and Addiction in Teens Part 3 on Science Questions

Science Questions is part three in a series on teens and addiction. This episode  presents a new education trend geared toward treating and educating youth who struggle with addiction. These "Recovery Schools" are blooming across the nation, healing students and giving them a second chance at life and graduation.  The program features students from Valley High School in Salt Lake, and discuss the stigma of the school, and how they got an education that helped them grow there.

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Science Questions
10:52 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Addiction and Recovery in Teens on Science Questions

Today we feature a full hour of Science Questions, discussing the growing problem of teen drug use. From Marajuana to Oxycontin, teens tell their stories of addiction, rehabilitation, and growth. We hear from psychologists and non-professionals alike. 

Science Questions
11:31 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Conservation in Utah and Beyond on Science Questions

Sheri Quinn and Suzi Montgomery talk to the past and current members of the Conservation Corps. From the time of the Great Depression on, Americans have been actively engaged in conserving the wilderness for future generations. The duo talks to past members of the corps, teaching their experiences and telling their stories, along with how newcomers are changing the landscape today. Utah Conservation Corps members discuss their involvement and motivation for helping with the conservation of the American lands. 

Science Questions
3:02 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

In the State of Mental Breakdown, Part II

Today Science Questions presents Part II of the series "In the State of Mental Breakdown," a profile of the mental healthcare crisis in Salt Lake County that mirrors what is happening across the nation.