Meet the Interns

Bronson Teichert - Agriculture, Business & Economics Reporter:

I am the agriculture, business and economics reporter for Utah Public Radio. I grew up on a cattle ranch in Cokeville, Wyoming and have always loved agriculture. While serving an LDS mission in a small farming town on the Island of Sicily, the idea came to me that everyday people need to know more about where their food comes from. I am now doing a double major in agricultural science and broadcast journalism. There are journalists who report on Ag issues, but mainly to those directly involved in the industry. I want to include the everyday consumer in my stories. My wife, who is studying to be a social studies teacher, has helped me achieve my goals thus far. I wouldn't be where I am today without her. My ultimate goal is to one day return to Cokeville and continue ranching with my family and do freelance work from home.

Jess Nani - Social Media/Web Intern:

Jess is thrilled to serve as UPR's Social Media and Web Intern. A Technical Writing major with a minor in Public Relations, she is existentially angsty and strives to keep it that way. She adores clean design, writing that keeps her up at night, and is a firm believer that a well-tailored pantsuit can get you anywhere you want in life.

Leslie Forero - Science Reporter:

I am from Redding in Northern California.  As an ecologist, I'm interested in learning more about the forces are quietly structuring the world around us.  I study how interactions between plants affect grassland yields at Cedar Creek, Minnesota.  When I'm not at home, the office, or the prairie at Cedar Creek, you can often find me in the studio producing stories about ecology, and other forces structuring our world like sexism and poverty.  This is my first time working as a journalist.  I'm glad to have the opportunity to learn more about science communication as my ideal career would combine outreach and research. My hobbies include knitting, sewing, backpacking, and skiing.

Matilyn Mortensen - Reporter:

Matilyn Mortensen is from Herriman, Utah. After high school, she moved to Logan to attend Utah State University and is majoring in journalism and communications with a print emphasis. If all goes well, she will graduate in 2019. Matilyn is a news reporter at UPR. In the past, she has written for the Logan Herald Journal and the Ogden Standard-Examiner. Her favorite types of stories are feature pieces. She enjoys reporting because it gives her the opportunity to ask people all the questions she wants about almost anything. While not reporting, Matilyn enjoys going to concerts and visiting new places. Her goals include reading more books, painting more pictures, and learning to cook more things. 

Niall Clancy - Science Reporter:

Niall Clancy is a science reporter for UPR with special interests in regional fish and wildlife issues, management of Bear Lake, and land conservation. He is currently working on a master’s degree in aquatic ecology at Utah State University examining how changing habitats are impacting threatened species in the Kootenai River drainage of Idaho and Montana. He also writes articles for various publications including Montana Outdoors. To share a story idea, please contact Niall at (406) 214-9010.

Rachel Hager - Science Reporter:

Rachel is excited to merge her interests of research and science communication as a UPR science reporter. As a graduate student in ecology with a focus in wetland ecology, Rachel is always juggling several projects at once, but she loves staying busy and learning new skills. When she is not buzzing around campus, Rachel can be found in wetlands of the Great Salt Lake getting muddy with a huge smile on her face.  

Riana Gayle - Science Reporter:

Our natural and built environments are constantly changing. As an M.S. candidate in Ecology at Utah State University, I explore how societies understand and adapt to that change when it manifests as something such as a natural hazard event. More specifically, I study how societies proactively mitigate against the natural hazard, drought, through policy adoption throughout the U.S. After graduating, I hope to use the skills that I have learned as a researcher to collaborate further with citizens, scientists and policymakers. Originally from the busy city of Charlotte, North Carolina I've enjoyed my transition out west and the limitless opportunities offered by Utah’s wild landscapes.