Tom Williams

Program Director | Access Utah Host

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.

Ways To Connect

  • Morgan County is Utah's Healthiest County
  • Death Row Inmate Granted Reprieve
  • Approval Withdrawn for a Central Utah Coal Mine

These headlines and the rest of the day's news along with a quick forecast from the Utah Climate Center on today's Utah News broadcast.

On Wednesday’s Access Utah, it’s time for our annual March tradition: an hour of great Bossa Nova music, live from Studio C with the ensemble “Evening in Brazil.”  We’ll hear songs of Antonio Carlos Jobim and other composers.

Carter Niemeyer used to trap wolves and now does everything he can to protect them. Tom Williams talks to Niemeyer, retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  wolf recovery coordinator for Idaho and author of Wolfer: a Memoir on Access Utah Tuesday.

  • 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.

I work on problems of water rights and water policy at the intersection of law, geography, and political economy.

 

Dr. Carl Bauer, Professor of Geography at the University of Arizona, is our guest on Access Utah Thursday in anticipation of a talk he'll give as Distinguished Geographer Lecturer at Utah State University in the evening. Bauer is an expert on water rights and water policy and specializes in the similar coasts of Chile and California and the roles of water and law in the policies of those regions.

Ambassador Peter Tomsen was the special envoy to Afghan resistance leaders from 1989 to 1992 under President George H.W. Bush. He's the author of The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers in addition to being a guest on the Daily Show with John Stewart. Tom Williams will go for a more in-depth interview with Tomsen on Wednesday's Access Utah. We welcome your phone calls, emails, and comments below.

  • Gov. Herbert Has Approved a New Education Budget
  • Man Charged with Aggravated Murder for Shooting a Smoke Shop Owner's Son
  • California Man Honored with Bravery Award for Saving a Life in Zion National Park

State Education Budget

Our topic on Access Utah for Tuesday is religion in America. We'll specifically be talking about homegrown religions, like Mormonism, Seventh-Day Adventists, and Jehovah's Witnesses, that have their roots in the U.S. Our guest is historian Richard Bushman, a renowned expert in Mormon history and Mormon Studies and recent guest lecturer at the Utah State University campus.

  • High Winds Toppled a Semi on I-15
  • Liquor Laws Challenged in Court
  • 2 Cases Involving Utah at the Supreme Court

We cover these headlines and the rest of the day's news from around the state on our 5:30 Utah News broadcast.

Into the Current

The film, Into the Current, deepens the understanding of the political issues happening in Burma. A former political prisoner, Ko Bo Kyi, is featured in the film and is our guest on Access Utah along with the film's director and producer, Jeanne Hallacy.

This Light of Ours

Gov. Herbert Signed Into Law:

  • Longer Waiting Period for Abortions in Utah
  • Shorter Window for Shooting Off Fireworks this Year
  • Nearly 200 More Bills

We cover news of Utah's newest laws and the rest of the day's headlines on our 5:30 newscast.

Our topic Wednesday is homelessness.  Tom Williams’ guests will include Pamela Atkinson, a leading advocate for Utah’s homeless, and Leon Anderson, Head of the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology at Utah State University and coauthor of Down on Their Luck: A Study of Homeless Street People.  He’ll give the Timepiece titled: “Criminalization of Mental Illness and the Promise of Mental Health Courts” at USU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Kiger Hour on Thursday in Logan.

On Tuesday's Access Utah, Tom Williams talks with Gretchen Morgenson, author of Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption led to Economic Armageddon. Morgenson is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning writer and business reporter and financial editor for The New York Times.  Her book sheds light on the darkest corners of Washington and Wall Street and helps explain how those who were supposed to protect the U.S. from financial harm were in fact responsible for the country's economic implosion.

  • Gunfire at a House Party Injures Four
  • Man Planning to Propose to His Girlfriend Has Died
  • Arrest Made for the Murder of a 15-Year-Old Girl

Listen to these stories and the rest of the day's news , plus the weather forecast, on our 5:30 Utah News broadcast.

Utah News for Wednesday, March 14

Mar 15, 2012
  • Utah Coal Mine that Collapsed, Killing 9 Miners, Guilty of Misdemeanors
  • Hill Air Force Base Charged Millions in Fines for Cleaning Mercury Spill with Vacuums

These stories and the rest of the day's Utah news from today's broadcast. Plus, the forecast from the Utah Climate Center.

On Thursday's Access Utah we’ll feature a debate on HB187 which would ban photographing farm operations without permission or under false pretenses. Proponents say it provides needed protections to farm operations and opponents say this is a thinly-veiled attempt to prevent needed public scrutiny. Guests will include Nathan Runkle of Mercy for Animals and Randy Parker of the Utah Farm Bureau.

We welcome your emails, comments and calls during our debate.

Our guest on Access Utah Wednesday is Tom Donaldson, an oft-consulted expert in the field of business ethics. Professor Donaldson is the director of the Zicklin center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a founding member of the Society for Business Ethics. He is author of Ties That Bind: A Social Contract Approach to Business Ethics in addition to several other titles. He was recently a guest to the Hunstman School of Business at Utah State University. Tom Williams talks with him about...well, business ethics, what else?

Today on Access Utah we talk about the caucus system: how it works and why it's important to participate. Tom Williams' guests include Deseret News columnists, Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb; Kirk Jowers, Political Science professor at University of Utah; Damon Cann, Political Science Professor at Utah State University; Republican Chairman Thomas Wright; and John Harris, co-founder and editor-in-chief at Politico.

More information on the Utah Caucuses is at vote.utah.gov.

KUED

Colonel Jerald Cannon flew three tours of duty in Vietnam and is one of the veterans featured on KUED's documentary series "Utah Vietnam War Stories". He spoke with Tom Williams for our special feature.

You can hear more Utah Vietnam War stories and find out when the documentary airs at www.kued.org/productions/vietnam-war-stories/

 

We'll recap everything that happened over the past 45 days in the Utah Legislature today on Access Utah.

Tom Williams will talk to lawmakers and lobbyists about what Ross Romero called the "busy but boring" session. A lot happened but how will it change Utah?

If you have a question or comment for our guests, send us an email, comment below or give us a call.

  • Snowy Road Conditions Kill Two Men in Clearfield
  • Utah Home Sales are on the Rise
  • Senate Says No More Filming on Farms

These stories and the rest of the day's headlines, plus legislative coverage and a forecast from the Utah Climate Center.

Thursday's Access Utah will be live from Ogden in preparation of our celebration of NPR's From the Top paying Utah a visit.

In the first half Tom Williams will be joined by From the Top host Christopher O'Riley and the show's co-founding executive producer, Gerald Slavit. We'll also hear from Trenton Chang, a young pianist from Logan, Utah.

  • Woman Struck and Killed by Truck in Provo
  • State Attorneys Appeal Payment of $5.5 Million Debt Incurred by Warren Jeffs
  • Education a Hot Topic at the Capitol Today

These stories and the rest of the day's headlines, plus legislative coverage and a forecast from the Utah Climate Center.

  • A Proposed Bryce Canyon Coal Mine Has Environmentalists Very Concerned
  • Utah's 5th Avalanche Death
  • Lots of Bills Awaiting Governor Herbert's Signature

These stories and the rest of the day's headlines, plus legislative coverage and a forecast from the Utah Climate Center.

Listen Now.

KUED premieres a new documentary series “Utah Vietnam War Stories” next Monday, March 12,  and on Access Utah we talk with the producers, Elizabeth Searles and Ken Verdoia, and with two Utah Vietnam veterans, Jerry Cannon and Stu Shipley.

In the last segment, we talk about veterans of America’s current wars with Matthew LaPlante, USU Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Communication; Terry Schow, Executive Director, Utah Department of Veteran Affairs; and Jill Atwood-Public Information Officer, Utah Department of Veteran Affairs.

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