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.

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Access Utah
5:37 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Air Quality -- A Grassroots Look on Monday's Access Utah

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Air quality is today's topic on the program. We'll be taking a grassroots angle on the anger and protest regarding this issue. Utah has been known for having the worst air in the nation, and many Utahns are taking matters into their own hands. 

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Access Utah
5:04 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Betsy Schow, Author of "Finished Being Fat" on Thursday's Access Utah

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Utah author Betsy Schow writes: “I was fat. Huge. Ginormous. Not because of the number embroidered on the tag of my jeans, but because it consumed a large part of my thoughts and day. It very nearly destroyed my marriage. So much of my life revolved around gaining weight, losing weight … Obesity is an epidemic, but so is this unquenchable drive to be better, thinner, than the woman standing next to us. Even if that woman is just me, looking back from the mirror.”

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Access Utah
12:57 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Utahn's Water Rights and IT Conference on Tuesday's Access Utah

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In today’s program we discuss The Cloud, Mobile Computing, security issues and the problems and opportunities of our increasingly interconnected digital world. We’ll preview the Information Technology Conference sponsored by the Utah State University Huntsman School of Business Partners in Business. The conference held Wednesday on USU campus and focuses on Mobile and Cloud Computing, Big Data, and Network Security. We’ll talk with Steven John, Strategic Chief Information Officer for Workday, and Kimberley Jones, Founder and CEO of Verite.

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Access Utah
12:38 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Boy Scout Ban on Gays on Access Utah Wednesday

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The Boy Scouts of America will soon vote on a proposal which would reverse its policy against participation in the program by openly gay leaders and scouts.  The new policy would allow the sponsors of specific troops to make the decision.  The Great Salt Lake Council is urging the national BSA organization not to reverse its policy and to continue the discussion. We discuss the issue on Wednesday’s Access Utah with a mother of 2 Eagle Scouts, Doree Burt; USU student and Eagle Scout, Kelton Wells, and scouter, Robert Starling.

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Access Utah
1:32 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Avalanche Safety and a Survivor's Story on Monday's Access Utah

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On Monday's program we discuss avalanches in Utah. We hear the story of with two avalanche survivors. Elisabeth Malloy Adam Morrey were recently out in the Mill Creek Canyon area where they were hit by a 700-foot avalanche. Malloy was completely buried where Morrey was only partially. He was able to extricate himself and rescue Malloy. They talk about how they managed to survived. We also talk about safety, preparation and "what to do if" with Toby Weed of the Utah Avalanche Center. 

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Access Utah
11:48 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Author Eric Nuzum Shares His Ghost Stories on Thursday's Access Utah

On Access Utah we explore ghosts, hauntings and love. Author and NPR executive producer Eric Nuzum faced his own fears. In his book, “Giving Up the Ghost: A Story About Friendship 80’s Rock a Lost Scrap of Paper and What it Means to be Haunted” Nuzum talks of his history being haunted and how he found peace in facing the supernatural.

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Access Utah
4:18 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

The Interfaith Amigos on Wednesday's Access Utah

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Joining us  from Seattle, The Interfaith Amigos consists of Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman. Known for their wisdom and humor while talking about religion, these men have worked together to try and make sense of the confusion that often accompanies  interfaith dialog. They are the authors of two books "Getting to the Heart of Interfaith" and "Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith." During the program, we'll be focusing on the second book. 

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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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