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
10:26 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Award-Winning Filmmaker Helen Whitney on Tuesday's Access Utah

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Helen Whitney is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, known for telling the stories of religion and people. Her films have aired on PBS, HBO, ABC and NBC. She has been filmmaking for 42 years. She will be giving a series of lectures on the campus of Utah State University during the week of Jan. 28 - Jan. 31. The lectures will be held at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Performance Hall. She will be discussing many of her films including The Mormons and Forgiveness; A Time to Love and a Time to Hate.

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Access Utah
10:23 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Opening of the Legislature with Governor Gary Herbert on Monday's Access Utah

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Broadcasting from the Utah State Capitol, it is the first day of the legislature open. Joining us on the first half of the program is Governor Gary Herbert. He discusses various topics that are on the agenda for this year’s legislature including budget priorities, healthcare reform, ethics reform, the Outdoor Recreation Plan, immigration and gun control. On the second half, state senators Ralph Okerlund and Gene Davis join us to continue the discussion of what to expect for this years legislature. 

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Access Utah
2:06 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Fiddler Mark O'Connor and the New Outdoor Recreation Vision for Utah on Thursday's Access Utah

 

He’s a multi-Grammy winning musician and composer and is the only person who has won the National Fiddle Championship, National Guitar Flatpicking Championship and the World Mandolin Championship. Mark O’Connor is a celebrated violinist and fiddler player, with styles ranging from classical to American folk. He joins us on Access Utah to talk about his talent, his history and his determination. He’ll be performing at the Caine College of the Arts Grand Gala at Utah State University Friday, Jan. 25. For more information, click here.

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Access Utah
12:30 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Miners Strike: Killing for Coal on Tuesday's Access Utah

One spring morning in 1914 members of the United Mine Workers of America clashed with guards employed by the Rockefeller family and state militia in Colorado. When the dust settled, 19 men, women and children from the miners' families lay dead. The strikers had killed at least 30 men and destroyed 6 mines and laid waste to two company towns. We revisit a discussion with Thomas Andrews, author of his book "Killing for Coal" and recounts this 1914 massacre and the great coal field war. He situates it not only in labor history but in the environment.

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Access Utah
8:53 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Urban Myths and Legends on Access Utah Wednesday

Our guest for the hour on Wednesday is Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings, who will be in Salt Lake City on January 30, for an appearance at The King’s English Bookshop. He’s out with a new book: "Because I Said So: The truth behind the myths, tales, and warnings every generation passes down to its kids." Many of these myths and warnings are culture-specific.

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Access Utah
12:41 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Ioan Grillo discusses book "El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency" on Thursday's Access Utah

Tom Williams’ guest for the hour on Thursday is journalist Ioan Grillo, who has written about Mexican narcotraffickers for the past decade, even interviewing members of the cartels and their death squads. He says that “El Narco is not a gang; it is a movement and an industry drawing in hundreds of thousands from bullet-ridden barrios to marijuana-growing mountains.” Grillo believes these cartels “have transformed into a criminal insurgency that threatens the nation’s democracy and spirals into the United States.” 

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Access Utah
1:54 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Journalism and Advocacy on Access Utah Wednesday

 

In 2008, a group of armed Hindu extremists attacked and burned a village of Christians in Odisha state in India, seeking to forcefully reintegrate the villagers into the caste system left behind by their Christian beliefs. The survivors fled into the jungle to escape.  National Geographic photojournalist Lynn Johnson and human rights advocate Jen Saffron have organized the Koraput Survivors Project and will give a lecture entitled “Building Bridges: When Journalism and Advocacy Meet” as a part of the Morris Media and Society Lecture series on Wednesday at USU.

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Access Utah
10:24 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Air Quality in Utah – What Can Be Done?

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Our air quality problem is visible above the inversion line and is physically noticeable when passing below. Utah’s air at times has been rated the worst in the nation. Our questions are: What can be done? What should be done? What can regular citizens do? What should the government do? During the first half of the show, Bo Call, manager of the Air Monitoring Center for Utah Division of Air Quality and Gerry Carpenter, a representative for Utah Transit Authority will join us.

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Access Utah
1:48 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Revisiting a Non-Partisan Conversation on Access Utah Tuesday

Tuesday we will be running a program from October 2012 where we asked several prominent Utah politicians and commentators to check partisan fights at the door and share the one or two core political beliefs that motivate them.  Is there an author or thinker who has had an influence on them?  What is their foundational political philosophy?  

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Access Utah
1:56 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Gun in Schools on Thursday's Access Utah

In response to the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in Connecticut, we will discuss guns and violence in America with an emphasis on schools. Should more or fewer guns be allowed in our society? How can schools best be protected? Has Sandy Hook changed your opinion on guns? What can be done about violence in America? And are guns the problem or part of the solution? Matthew LaPlante, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Communication at Utah State University, co-hosts today's show.

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