Tom Williams

Program Director, Host Access Utah

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996.  He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.)  He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah” and “Opera Saturday.”  He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.

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Access Utah
10:18 am
Thu June 5, 2014

EPA's New Carbon Rules on Thursday's Access Utah

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This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released proposed regulations which would cut carbon pollution from future and existing power plants. Since coal accounts for about 70 percent of Utah’s power generation (twice the national average) our state may be disproportionately affected. 


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Access Utah
11:26 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Life In Oil And Gas Boom Towns On Wednesday's Access Utah

Access Utah guest Emily Lierle of Williston, North Dakota
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The oil and gas industry has increased by 40 percent in the past seven years across the United States, leading to dramatic growth some areas. Duchesne County, for example, is the second fastest growing county in the U.S. compared to counties of similar size.

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Access Utah
7:00 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

USU Studies Minorities in Business on Tuesday's Access Utah

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Last year, USU professors Alison Cook and Christy Glass tested the glass cliff phenomenon—the idea that women are more likely to get promoted to leadership positions when a firm is struggling, placing them in a precarious position from the start. The glass cliff is back in the news with the recent firing of Jill Abramson as executive editor of the New York Times. Cook and Glass found that merit alone doesn’t give women and minorities the key to the executive suite and that the composition of the board of directors can affect whether or not they succeed. Their analysis confirmed that the glass cliff theory also applies to minorities, a phenomenon they dubbed “the savior effect.” 


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Access Utah
12:40 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

"The Polygamous Wives Writing Club" on Monday's Access Utah

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints renounced the practice of plural marriage in 1890. In the mid- to late nineteenth century, however--the heyday of Mormon polygamy--as many as three out of every ten Mormon women became polygamous wives. 


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Access Utah
9:06 am
Thu May 29, 2014

"The Predator Paradox" on Thursday's Access Utah

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Stories of backyard bears and cat-eating coyotes are becoming increasingly common—even for people living in non-rural areas. Farmers anxious to protect their sheep from wolves aren’t the only ones concerned: suburbanites and city dwellers are also having more unwanted run-ins with mammalian predators. 


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Access Utah
9:44 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Open Internet? On Wednesday's Access Utah

“The principle of net neutrality guarantees a level playing field in which Internet users do not have to pay Internet service providers more for better access to online content, and content generators do not have to pay additional fees to ensure users can access their websites or apps. In other words all Internet traffic should be treated equally.” (Leticia Miranda, The Nation). 


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Access Utah
10:13 am
Tue May 27, 2014

"Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family" On Tuesday's Access Utah

 

There was a time when the phrase "American family" conjured up a single, specific image: a breadwinner dad, a homemaker mom, and their 2.5 kids living comfortable lives in a middle-class suburb. Today, that is no longer the case, due to divorce rates, single parenthood, and increased out-of-wedlock births. Most Americans fail to identify the root factor driving the changes: economic inequality that is remaking the American family along class lines. 

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Access Utah
9:20 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune In Danger? We'll Discuss On Thursday's Access Utah

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Concerned community members say that because of a new joint operating agreement between the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, the Tribune is in danger.


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Access Utah
11:24 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Veteran's Stories on Wednesday's Access Utah

Mark Greenblatt's latest book, "Valor," features the story of Sergeant Buck Doyle, a Cache Valley Native.
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With Memorial Day approaching, we’ll honor our military veterans on Wednesday’s Access Utah. Mark Lee Greenblatt, author of “VALOR: Unsung Heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front,” will join us along with Sergeant Buck Doyle, a Utah resident who is featured in the book. We'll also speak with WWII veteran Edgar Harrell who will recount his experiences in the sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the sharks, hypothermia and the struggle to survive one of the U.S. Navy's greatest catastrophes at sea. Edgar Harrell is author of “Out of the Depths.” Then Terry Schow, former Utah Director of Veterans Affairs will discuss how changes in health care are affecting those who fought for our country. 


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Access Utah
11:15 am
Tue May 20, 2014

"Scaling Wind," Documentary on Energy on Tuesday's Access Utah

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A new documentary from Greentech Films, “Scaling Wind,” looks at people championing the proposal of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2008 report, “20 Percent Wind Energy by 2030,” the film profiles people working to overcome the challenges facing achievement of the 20% vision, including the need to modernize and expand the power grid and smarten the nation’s energy policy for a stable market.


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