Connect with UPR:

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.

Pages

Access Utah
10:57 am
Tue July 1, 2014

The Most Trusted Man in America on Tuesday's Access Utah

Young Cronkite anchors the CBS newscast.
Credit http://photos.state.gov/

For decades, Walter Cronkite was known as "the most trusted man in America." Millions across the nation welcomed him into their homes, first as a print reporter for the United Press on the front lines of World War II, and  later, in the emerging medium of television, as a host of numerous documentary programs and as anchor of the CBS Evening News, from 1961 until his retirement in 1981. 

Read more
Access Utah
12:36 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Utah's Latino History on Monday's Access Utah

Credit uofupress.com

Armando Solórzano, Director of Chicano Studies at the University of Utah, says that years of neglect and omission from historical records have taken their toll on the historical consciousness of Latinos in Utah. For a long time, many people, including a large percentage of the Latino community, believed that the presence of Latinos or their ancestors in the state was merely a twentieth-century phenomenon. 


Read more
Access Utah
10:53 am
Thu June 26, 2014

The Fight for Indian Rights Comes to Utah on Thursday's Access Utah

Clockwise from top left, Ken Sleight, Mark Maryboy, Steve Boos and Phil Lyman
Credit Courtesy of Jon Kovash

Sometime next year, a federal judge will decide whether Native Americans are still being shut out of political power in San Juan County, where now more than 52 percent of residents are Navajo or Ute tribal members. At issue will be the Navajo Nation’s claim that voting districts in the county have been gerrymandered to assure a permanent white majority in local elections. 


Read more
Access Utah
10:47 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Human Trafficking on Wednesday's Access Utah

Credit www.fairgirls.org

Andrea Powell and Stephanie Henry join us Wednesday on Access Utah to discuss their work in helping victims of human trafficking. We’ll also share comments on human trafficking in Utah from our Public Insight Network. You can respond right now at www.upr.org. Click “Become a Source.” 

Read more
Access Utah
10:41 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Paul Holton's "Collateral Kindness" on Tuesday's Access Utah

Credit collateralkindness.com

As a loving father, Paul Holton found it hard to reconcile his innate goodwill with his role as an interrogator for the Army National Guard. Until one day, deep in Iraqi territory, surrounded by the horrors of war, he realized how he could make a small but significant difference in the lives of the children all around him. 


Read more
Access Utah
1:02 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Revisiting Ed's Kociela's "It Rocked!" on Monday's Access Utah

Credit stgeorgeutah.com

Author Ed Kociela has a knack for taking his readers behind closed doors and now walks you backstage to hang out with some of the biggest stars in rock 'n' roll history in "It Rocked! Recollections of a reclusive rock critic. 


Read more
Access Utah
10:21 am
Thu June 19, 2014

On Thursday's Access Utah: Mormons Facing Excommunication

Credit Jefferey Dale

Two members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were recently notified that they potentially faced disciplinary councils which could result in excommunication from the church for apostasy. Kate Kelly is a human rights lawyer who founded Ordain Women, a group seeking access to the LDS church’s all-male priesthood. 


Read more
Access Utah
10:06 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Days of 47 Parade on Wednesday's Access Utah

Credit Salt Lake Magazine

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that organizers of the Days of ’47 Parade have responded to the Salt Lake City Council, saying they will not reconsider a request by Mormons Building Bridges to participate. Parade organizers said they feared the entry would be too controversial for an event that honors Utah statehood as well as the Mormon pioneers. 


Read more
Access Utah
10:19 am
Tue June 17, 2014

"Stars go Blue" on Tuesday's Access Utah

Credit laurapritchett.com

We first met hardscrabble ranchers Renny and Ben Cross in Laura Pritchett’s debut collection, and now in in her novel Stars Go Blue, they are estranged, elderly spouses living on opposite ends of their sprawling ranch, faced with the particular decline of a fading farm and Ben’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.


Read more
Access Utah
10:15 am
Mon June 16, 2014

"Year of No Sugar” On Monday's Access Utah

Credit http://eveschaub.com/

In her memoir ”Year of No Sugar,” Eve Schaub recounts her family’s attempt to eliminate sugar from their lives. We’ll talk with Eve Schaub on Monday’s AU and we’re going to talk about your attempts (successful or not) to change your eating habits, whatever your goal is. 


Read more

Pages