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.


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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Access Utah
11:53 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Economic Collapse on Access Utah Thursday

On Access Utah we discuss the book, "Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Let to Economic Armageddon" about how the economic collapse happened. We talk to co-author and journalist Gretchen Morgenson about the background of the book, and look  toward the future.  At the end of the hour, Jennifer Pemberton tells us about celebrating Pioneer Day for the first time. 

Access Utah
10:53 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Homeless in Utah on Wednesday's Access Utah

Leon Anderson's co-authored book.

On Wednesday we re-broadcast a show played earlier in 2012, about homelessness in Utah. Guests include Pamela Atkinson, a leading advocate for Utah's Homeless, and Leon Anderson a Utah State University professor of Sociology and Social Work. 

Tom Williams discusses how to approach the topic, the fatality rate, and the homeless themselves. 

Access Utah
11:25 am
Fri July 13, 2012

The Arts and Opera on Access Utah Friday

The Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater's season opened Wednesday, and general director and founder Michael Ballam is live in studio Friday, along with soprano Jessica, and director Valerie Rachelle. The four discuss the shows of the summer: My Fair Lady, Tosca, Kiss Me Kate, and Faust. 

Access Utah
6:28 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Access Utah Live from Utah 4-H Centennial Celebration

Utah 4H is celebrating its centennial Thursday through Saturday in Logan. Access Utah will join in Thursday morning at 9:00 on the Quad in the middle of Utah State University, just outside Old Main. We’ll talk with current 4H participants as well as alumni of the program, and chart the changes in 4H over those one hundred years: from agriculture and home economics to robotics and rocket science.

Access Utah
5:49 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Rural and Urban: Live Broadcast of AU Tuesday from Park City

We'll cover the state from rural to urban on Access Utah Tuesday. Tom Williams will come to us live from Park City from the Western Region Joint Summer Meeting, hosted by Utah State University Extension.

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Access Utah
11:24 am
Thu July 5, 2012

What Doctors Cannot Tell You on Thursday's Access Utah

Kevin Jones is a doctor at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and the University of Utah and in his new book, "What Doctors Cannot Tell You: Clarity, Confidence, and Uncertainty in Medicine,"  he talks about the gray in medicinal knowledge and communication with patients.  Dr. Jones will discuss the way patients can take charge of their medical care and create an open dialogue with doctors by asking questions and making decisions as a team.  

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Access Utah
11:46 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Death and Transfiguration on Tuesday's Access Utah

Former Utah Symphony Associate Concertmaster, Gerald Elias’ new Daniel Jacobus mystery novel “Death and Transfiguration” takes place at the Tanglewood Music Festival.  The villain of the story is Vaclav Herza, the last of a dying breed of great and tyrannical conductors, who has a knack for humiliating talented artists. 

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Access Utah
5:25 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

On AU Thursday, Immediate Reactions to Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act

Creative Commons

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to release its much-anticipated ruling on the Affordable Care Act Thursday morning in the 8:00 hour. We’ll ask you for your reaction on Access Utah at 9:00.

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