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
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.

Access Utah
3:24 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

The History of Human Rights for Persons with Disabilities

The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University is celebrating 40 years in existence at the university. To accompany the celebration, there is currently an exhibit at the university library that follows the history of human rights for persons with disabilities. Tom Williams is joined by key staff members from the Center on today's Access Utah.

More information on the topic can be found at http://www.cpdusu.org.

 

Access Utah
5:12 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Access Utah...Live from the 2012 Legislative Session

Chief Engineer Friend Weller and Host Tom Williams in our make-shift studio from the Capitol.

On a very special Access Utah, broadcast live from the opening of the 2012 Utah Legislative Session, Tom Williams talks to lawmakers about some of the hot-button issues that will be tackled in the next 45 days. Guests include: House Majority Leader Brad Dee and House Minority Leader David Litvack; Senator Pete Knudson, Assistant Majority Whip and Minority Leader Senator Ross Romero; and at the end of the hour, Governor Gary Herbert.

Access Utah
12:51 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Pipeline Proponents and Opponents on Thursday's Access Utah

Two pipeline debates: one program.

Proponents of two proposed pipelines say that growing areas need more water. Opponents raise objections, including threats to endangered fish, impaired water rights, and budget problems.

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Access Utah
6:48 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

We're Going There: Religion & Politics on Wednesday's Access Utah

There are some topics that shouldn’t be discussed in polite conversation. On Wednesday’s Access Utah, we’ll dive right into two of them: Religion and Politics. In the first segment, we’ll talk about a new LDS caucus in the Utah Democratic Party with party chairman Jim Dabakis, and with LDS Dems Vice-Chair, Crystal Young-Otterstrom.

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Access Utah
4:09 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Jewish Emigration from the Soviet Union to Utah

Tuesday, January 17

The book Streaked with Light and Shadow: Portraits of Former Soviet Jews in Utah features the stories of the emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union to Utah. The book’s editor Leslie Kelen, Executive Director of the Center for Documentary Expression in the Arts, will lead a discussion and several people featured in the book will tell their stories at an event Wednesday evening at 6:30 at the Wagner Jewish Community Center in Salt Lake City.

Access Utah
4:09 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

The Legacy of Joe Hill

Thursday, January 12

Today on Access Utah we revisit a program from September of last year on The Legacy of Joe Hill:

The execution of Joe Hill is one of the most famous in American history, immortalized in the ballad "I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night." William Adler talks about his book, The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon.

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