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.

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Access Utah
5:08 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

UPR's Legislative Coverage Tackles Higher Ed Today on Access Utah

Today on Access Utah a conversation on higher education in Utah with members of the stat legislature. We'll discuss enrollment, tenure, budget, tuition and more with Representative Joel Briscoe and Senator Casey Anderson.

Some of Utah's veterans were honored in the legislature yesterday, including Representative Patrice Arent's father. In the last segment of the show today, Marvin Arent tells Tom Williams why he disobeyed direct orders in WWII and saved lives as a result.

Access Utah
3:04 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Education Legislation and More on Today's Access Utah

In the first half today, we replay a conversation with John McDowell from last year. His book, Poetry and Violence: The Ballad Tradition of Mexico's Costa Chica, examines the question whether or not art that portrays violence, promotes violence.

In the second half Tom Williams talks with Senators Aaron Osmond and Karen Morgan about K-12 education and what's going on in the current state legislative session.

Access Utah
4:47 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

One Utah, Many Stories: Writing Personal Histories on Access Utah Wednesday

On Wednesday’s Access Utah we’ll discuss writing the stories of our lives, and the book, One World, Many Stories - Seeking Freedom and Dignity, Experiences of Utah residents, which was published recently as a community outreach project of the Utah Chapter of the Association of Personal Historians.

Tom Williams’ guests include Paulette Stevens (editor of the book and member of the Utah APH,) Tom Taylor (member of the Utah APH,) Sheryl Allen, and Rozina Bahlibi, all of whom tell their stories in the book.

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Access Utah
4:44 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Discussing the Powell Case on Access Utah Tuesday

Police say Josh Powell killed himself and his two sons over the weekend.  Susan Cox Powell remains missing.

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Access Utah
4:31 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Nuclear or No-clear for SE Utah? We Debate on Access Utah Wednesday

Wednesday on Access Utah we explore the pros and cons of building a nuclear power plant in Southeastern Utah near Green River. Reed Searle, Senior Vice-President for Business Development at Blue Castle Holdings, a Utah company seeking permits to build the plant, argues that nuclear power is a clean energy source that needs to be part of our energy portfolio. He’s Tom Williams’ guest in the first half of the program.  In the second half, we talk to Matt Pacenza, Policy Director for Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL Utah,) which opposes nuclear power in Utah.

Access Utah
6:14 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Governor Herbert on Access Utah

On the opening day of the legislature we talked briefly with Utah Governor Gary Herbert. We continue that discussion in the second half of Tuesday’s Access Utah.  We’ll talk about the economy, education, air quality and the proper balance of federal and state power.

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Access Utah
5:30 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Gardening is Back! (and More Sundance Coverage)

Gardening is back! Today on the first half of Access Utah, Jerry Goodspeed joins us from Odgen. He's the Weber County Horticulture Specialist with the USU extension. We'll discuss catalog ordering and some unique plants that might find a home in your garden this year.

On the second half, we'll feature some Sundance reviews and interviews from UPR's Sheri Quinn, Steven Smith, and Tom Williams.

Access Utah
10:18 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Governor's State of the State

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.

Access Utah
7:00 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Tar Sand Development on Wednesday's Access Utah

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.

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