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

Let us know what you think about the governor's State of the State Address. We'll bring your comments to the table on Access Utah as we continue our coverage of the Address with responses from State Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright and Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis.

A Canadian company has received a state mining permit from the Utah Division of Water Quality to extract oil from tar sands on public land in the Book Cliffs area of eastern Utah. The Moab-based group Living Rivers opposes the project and has appealed the permit, citing a possible pollution risk to the Colorado River.

Tom Williams will talk with Uintah County Commissioner Mike McKee, University of Utah Professor William Johnson,  John Weisheit of Living Rivers, and  Rob Dubuc with Western Resource Advocates.

The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University is celebrating 40 years in existence at the university. To accompany the celebration, there is currently an exhibit at the university library that follows the history of human rights for persons with disabilities. Tom Williams is joined by key staff members from the Center on today's Access Utah.

More information on the topic can be found at http://www.cpdusu.org.

 

On a very special Access Utah, broadcast live from the opening of the 2012 Utah Legislative Session, Tom Williams talks to lawmakers about some of the hot-button issues that will be tackled in the next 45 days. Guests include: House Majority Leader Brad Dee and House Minority Leader David Litvack; Senator Pete Knudson, Assistant Majority Whip and Minority Leader Senator Ross Romero; and at the end of the hour, Governor Gary Herbert.

Two pipeline debates: one program.

Proponents of two proposed pipelines say that growing areas need more water. Opponents raise objections, including threats to endangered fish, impaired water rights, and budget problems.

There are some topics that shouldn’t be discussed in polite conversation. On Wednesday’s Access Utah, we’ll dive right into two of them: Religion and Politics. In the first segment, we’ll talk about a new LDS caucus in the Utah Democratic Party with party chairman Jim Dabakis, and with LDS Dems Vice-Chair, Crystal Young-Otterstrom.

Tuesday, January 17

The book Streaked with Light and Shadow: Portraits of Former Soviet Jews in Utah features the stories of the emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union to Utah. The book’s editor Leslie Kelen, Executive Director of the Center for Documentary Expression in the Arts, will lead a discussion and several people featured in the book will tell their stories at an event Wednesday evening at 6:30 at the Wagner Jewish Community Center in Salt Lake City.

The Legacy of Joe Hill

Jan 13, 2012

Thursday, January 12

Today on Access Utah we revisit a program from September of last year on The Legacy of Joe Hill:

The execution of Joe Hill is one of the most famous in American history, immortalized in the ballad "I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night." William Adler talks about his book, The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon.

Wednesday, January 11

We review the results of the New Hampshire primary with New Hampshire Public Radio reporter Dan Gorenstein.  We’ll look at the future for the Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman campaigns.

Then, what should we do about  what Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood calls an epidemic: distracted driving? We talk with U. of U. professor David Strayer who has studied the effects of cell phone use on drivers; and with Rob Reynolds, Executive Director of FocusDriven, a group that advocates for the elimination of cell phone use while driving.

Tuesday, January 10

The death of Ogden police officer Jared Francom and wounding of five other members of the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force last Wednesday has shocked and saddened Utahns and reminded us of the high cost sometimes paid to protect our communities.

Monday, January 9

Mark Anderson joins Bryan Earl to answer gardening questions in the first half on Monday’s Access Utah.
Then Tom Williams’ guests in the second half, Stanford researcher and doctoral student William Anderegg and University of Utah Biology Professor John Sperry, say they’ve discovered the reason for a phenomenon known as Sudden Aspen Decline.

Thursday, January 5

Wednesday, January 4

We've finally arrived at votes that count. We'll review the results of the Iowa Caucuses with several political experts: Mike Lyons, Associate Professor of Political Science at USU; Kirk Jowers, Director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics; Deseret News columnists, LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli; and Quin Monson,    BYU Assistant Professor of Political Science and Associate Director at the Center for the study of Elections and Democracy.

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