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
7:23 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

The Remarkable Story of "Mother George" on AU Wednesday

Tom Williams talks to Lee G. Cantwell about his book Mother George, the Midwife Who Shocked Grays Lake.

Cantwell's book is historical fiction based on the amazing factual story of a black midwife who practiced her art in southeastern Idaho for 40 years and died around 1919. When Mother George died, the women who were dressing her for burial discovered she was a man.

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Access Utah
4:06 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Access Utah Joins the National Discussion on Bullying

We participate in an ongoing national discussion on bullying today. A young man in Iowa, Kenneth Weishuhn, recently committed suicide after he was bullied when he came out as gay. The Sioux City Journal responded by devoting its front page to an editorial headlined “We must stop bullying. It starts here. And it starts now.”  The editorial board said: “We are all to blame. We have not done enough. Not nearly enough.”

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Access Utah
1:15 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

AU Thursday - Live from the Milford Renewable Energy Fair

Access Utah is broadcasting live Thursday from the Milford Renewable Energy Fair, sponsored by the Southwest Utah Renewable Energy Center (SUTREC).

As the home of First Wind's Milford Wind Project, the Blundell Geothermal Plant, the Cyrq Energy Geothermal plant and Utah's first hydroelectric power plant, Beaver County and the City of Milford is at the center of Utah's renewable energy industry.

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Access Utah
5:59 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Freedom Writers Founder Erin Gruwell on AU Wednesday

Erin Gruwell has earned an award-winning reputation for her steadfast commitment to the future of education. She's the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation, where she currently teaches teachers around the country how to implement her innovative lesson plans into their own classrooms, and the author of The Freedom Writers Diary and The Freedom Writers Diary: Teacher's Guide. She's Tom Williams' guest on Access Utah Wednesday.

Access Utah
4:19 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

What do Muslims Really Think? The Answer on AU Tuesday

What do the billion Muslims across the world really think? Our guest on Access Utah Tuesday has distilled the most in-depth study of its kind -- Gallup's Survey of the Muslim World -- into an answer.

Ahmed Younis is a Senior Analyst with the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. He joins us for a conversation in anticipation of a lecture he will give Tuesday evening, April 24, at 6:00 p.m. at Utah State University: "Who Really Speaks for the Muslim World?"

Access Utah
4:12 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Financial and Cyber Security on AU Thursday

Governor Herbert has called for a security audit of the state’s data systems following the loss (by hacking) of Medicaid data. In the second half of Thursday’s Access Utah our computer expert Jonathan Choate (from New Dawn Technologies) and Wayne Varga of Ecenturion  and former Head of Network Security for the SLC Olympics will tell us how secure our information is out there in cyberspace and how we can protect ourselves.

In the first half of the program, Keith Woodwell from the Utah Division of Securities will help us avoid getting taken in a scam. 

Access Utah
5:28 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Weigh in on the Mountain Meadow Massacre on AU Wednesday

The Massacre at Mountain Meadow is an event in American history that continues to fascinate Mormons and non-Mormons alike in Utah and throughout the country. Utah State University will feature several works of art about and inspired by the massacre this week in Logan, including a play, a documentary film, and a panel discussion.

Access Utah
4:21 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

School and Taxes on AU

On today's Access Utah, Tom Williams’ guest in the first half-hour is Utah State University President Stan Allbrecht.  They’ll talk about how higher education fared at the recent 2012 legislature and the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, which established the nation’s land-grant colleges, among other topics.

Then, with the deadline to file taxes approaching, we’ll help you avoid tax scams and give you advice in selecting a tax preparer.  Our guests in the second half are IRS Spokesman Bill Brunson and IRS Criminal Division Special Agent Ron Marker.    

Access Utah
4:57 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Luma Mufleh on AU Wednesday

Wednesday we'll be re-broadcasting an interview done in 2010 with Celebrity Speaker Luma Mufleh, a soccer coach of an international team, called the Fugees, short for refugees. In the summer of 2004 she organized a team of refugee teens who play for the sheer enjoyment of the game. Individuals in the group suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress, language barriers, and cultural differences.

For more information on Luma Mufleh's effect on the community in Clarkston, Georgia, visit Fugees Family.

Access Utah
10:35 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Words without Borders on Tuesday AU

Tuesday on Access Utah I met with Susan Harris, the Words Without Borders magazine editor. Words without Borders publishes international literature, and Harris is visiting USU. 

 

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