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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
11:53 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Protests in Film and Photographs on Thursday's AU

Into the Current

The film, Into the Current, deepens the understanding of the political issues happening in Burma. A former political prisoner, Ko Bo Kyi, is featured in the film and is our guest on Access Utah along with the film's director and producer, Jeanne Hallacy.

This Light of Ours

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5:30 News
6:36 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Utah News for Tuesday, March 20

Gov. Herbert Signed Into Law:

  • Longer Waiting Period for Abortions in Utah
  • Shorter Window for Shooting Off Fireworks this Year
  • Nearly 200 More Bills

We cover news of Utah's newest laws and the rest of the day's headlines on our 5:30 newscast.

Access Utah
3:42 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Homelessness - Join our Discussion on Wednesday

Our topic Wednesday is homelessness.  Tom Williams’ guests will include Pamela Atkinson, a leading advocate for Utah’s homeless, and Leon Anderson, Head of the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology at Utah State University and coauthor of Down on Their Luck: A Study of Homeless Street People.  He’ll give the Timepiece titled: “Criminalization of Mental Illness and the Promise of Mental Health Courts” at USU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Kiger Hour on Thursday in Logan.

Access Utah
6:46 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Economic Armageddon on Access Utah Tuesday

On Tuesday's Access Utah, Tom Williams talks with Gretchen Morgenson, author of Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption led to Economic Armageddon. Morgenson is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning writer and business reporter and financial editor for The New York Times.  Her book sheds light on the darkest corners of Washington and Wall Street and helps explain how those who were supposed to protect the U.S. from financial harm were in fact responsible for the country's economic implosion.

5:30 News
6:33 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Utah News for Monday, March 19

  • Gunfire at a House Party Injures Four
  • Man Planning to Propose to His Girlfriend Has Died
  • Arrest Made for the Murder of a 15-Year-Old Girl

Listen to these stories and the rest of the day's news , plus the weather forecast, on our 5:30 Utah News broadcast.

5:30 News
3:50 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Utah News for Wednesday, March 14

  • Utah Coal Mine that Collapsed, Killing 9 Miners, Guilty of Misdemeanors
  • Hill Air Force Base Charged Millions in Fines for Cleaning Mercury Spill with Vacuums

These stories and the rest of the day's Utah news from today's broadcast. Plus, the forecast from the Utah Climate Center.

Access Utah
9:33 am
Wed March 14, 2012

"Ag Gag" and the Sex Ed Bill on Access Utah Thursday - Join Us

On Thursday's Access Utah we’ll feature a debate on HB187 which would ban photographing farm operations without permission or under false pretenses. Proponents say it provides needed protections to farm operations and opponents say this is a thinly-veiled attempt to prevent needed public scrutiny. Guests will include Nathan Runkle of Mercy for Animals and Randy Parker of the Utah Farm Bureau.

We welcome your emails, comments and calls during our debate.

Access Utah
5:26 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Wednesday's Topic is Business Ethics with Renowned Expert Tom Donaldson

Our guest on Access Utah Wednesday is Tom Donaldson, an oft-consulted expert in the field of business ethics. Professor Donaldson is the director of the Zicklin center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a founding member of the Society for Business Ethics. He is author of Ties That Bind: A Social Contract Approach to Business Ethics in addition to several other titles. He was recently a guest to the Hunstman School of Business at Utah State University. Tom Williams talks with him about...well, business ethics, what else?

Access Utah
4:06 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

The Mysterious Caucus System

Today on Access Utah we talk about the caucus system: how it works and why it's important to participate. Tom Williams' guests include Deseret News columnists, Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb; Kirk Jowers, Political Science professor at University of Utah; Damon Cann, Political Science Professor at Utah State University; Republican Chairman Thomas Wright; and John Harris, co-founder and editor-in-chief at Politico.

More information on the Utah Caucuses is at vote.utah.gov.

Special Feature
6:57 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

UPR Special Feature - Utah Vietnam War Stories

KUED

Colonel Jerald Cannon flew three tours of duty in Vietnam and is one of the veterans featured on KUED's documentary series "Utah Vietnam War Stories". He spoke with Tom Williams for our special feature.

You can hear more Utah Vietnam War stories and find out when the documentary airs at www.kued.org/productions/vietnam-war-stories/

 

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