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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.


UPR Presents
3:56 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Bioneers: Future Generations are Screaming at Us

The Bioneers Radio Series brings us Future Generations Are Screaming At Us: The Clean Energy Climate Challenge.

The climate crisis is a crisis of governance and leadership. Will we move rapidly enough to realign our policies, politics and economy to stabilize the climate? Creative and innovative people from all walks of life are stepping forward to address the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced.

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Access Utah
10:52 am
Fri August 17, 2012

"A Thousand Voices" on Access Utah Thursday

"His name was Carlos. Carlos Louis Salazar. And when his mother had troubles, I more or less stole him. Or that's what I always said. He was the son I wanted, and I did get him for a while."  So writes Jeri Parker in A Thousand Voices, her new memoir of the remarkable relationship between a young, single woman and the wild, beautiful boy, who for a time took the place of the son she’d lost.

Access Utah
11:12 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Tourism and Wolves on Wednesday Access Utah

What should be the place of tourism in Utah’s economy, especially with regard to the kinds of jobs it creates?  And how do we promote cultural tourism as opposed to windshield tourism? On Wednesday’s AU we feature a conversation from the recent Utah Rural Summit, with Leigh von der Esch, Managing Director of the Utah Office of Tourism and Maria Twitchell, Executive Director of the Cedar City-Brian Head Tourism Bureau.

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Access Utah
11:23 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Romney's VP, Congressional Races, and Politics on AU Tuesday

Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential pick, Paul Ryan

Deseret News political columnists Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb respond to Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate on Tuesday’s AU.  They’ll also debate the merits of the Electoral College, and talk about civility (or a lack thereof) in politics, the race for Utah’s 4th Congressional district, and the recent American Legislative Exchange Council convention in Salt Lake City.

Access Utah
11:01 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Live from The Utah Rural Summit on Access Utah Thursday

The Utah Rural Summit in Cedar City is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and Access Utah will be there on Thursday. Panelists at the conference will discuss economic opportunities, demographic change, leadership, natural resources and agriculture in rural Utah.

Tom Williams’ guests will include Jack Schultz, Founder and CEO of Agracel, Inc., and author of Boomtown USA: The 7 1/2 Keys to Big Success in Small Towns and USDA Rural Development State Director for California, Glenda Humiston, who has developed innovative investment models for rural areas.

Access Utah
5:41 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Life on Mars and Water in Nevada on AU Wednesday

This image taken by NASA's Curiosity shows what lies ahead for the rover -- its main science target, Mount Sharp.
NASA Jet Propulsion Lab

The Mars rover Curiosity touched down safely early Monday morning as thousands worldwide looked on. Curiosity will now get to work investigating whether or not Mars has had a climate hospitable to life. We’ll celebrate this monumental engineering success and look ahead to the science to come, with University of Utah Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Tabitha Buehler; Kent Tobiska, Director of Utah State University’s Space Weather Center; and former NASA employee and current USU Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Stephen Whitmore.

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Access Utah
11:03 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Coal In Our Veins: Understanding and Sharing a Story of Mining on Access Utah Tuesday

“The United States depends on coal-burning electric plants for 50 percent of the nation’s power.  I cannot turn on the dish-washer, watch a movie, or write these words without thinking of coal.  And, conscious of this coal, I must think of the blood in my veins, because from the beginning of coal—this history of our energy—my ancestors pulled it from the earth with picks and with their hands.” So writes Erin Thomas, author of Coal in Our Veins: A Personal Journey. 

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Access Utah
3:46 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Celebrating and Saving the Great Utah Outdoors

We're spending our time discussing the outdoors Thursday on Access Utah. First on the program we discuss the aspen trees on Monroe Mountain in Central Utah.  Elk, cattle and sheep arrived in the '80s and eat the shoots of young aspen stands. If the trend continues, there may not be any new trees, and the area could be taken over by sagebrush. Ranchers, environmentalists, State and Federal workers are all gathering to find ways to help the trees.

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Access Utah
11:33 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Ambassador discusses Afghanistan on Access Utah

Ambassador Peter Tomsen was the special envoy to Afghan resistance leaders from 1989 to 1992 under President George H.W. Bush. He's the author of The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers in addition to being a guest on the Daily Show with John Stewart. Tom Williams will go for a more in-depth interview with Tomsen on Wednesday's Access Utah. 

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Access Utah
11:14 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Hard Hitting: Softball, Child Poverty, and Medicaid Breach on Access Utah

Former Shamrock players at the Utah Bees game Friday. Photo by Rick Egan

A report released by the Annie E. casey Foundation Wednesday shows 16 percent of children in Utah live below the federal poverty threshold. The 2012 Kids Count Data Book analyses the well-being of children across the nation using indicators such as education, health, economic well-being and community. 

 We have Utah Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck on to talk about the political process and child poverty, we have Terry Haven and Karen Crompton from Voices for Utah Children to discuss the report and what it means for Utah. 

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