People

  • Staff Assistant

    cait.salinas@usu.edu

    Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Cait had no clue she was a mountain girl. Her beach loving family moved to the frigid Hallmark Winter Village of Logan...

  • Development Officer - underwriting

    debbie.andrew@usu.edu

    A native of Cache Valley, Debbie grew up on a dairy farm in Wellsville and graduated from local schools. Her professional background includes working in print and...

  • Access Utah Producer | Weekend Host

    Emily Colby is majoring in International Studies at Utah State University and planning to minor in Environmental Studies and Journalism. She serves as the president of USU’s Interfaith Student Association. She grew up listening to NPR in the...

  • Chief Engineer

    friend.weller@usu.edu

    When his dad said “Don’t play with that old radio, you’re going to get shocked,” 10-year-old Friend Weller was certainly looking out for his own best interests....

  • Business Manager

    jeannie.sur@usu.edu

    With a BA in Political Science and a Master of Divinity, Jeannie Sur has been at USU since 2017. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Jeannie loves Utah for the...

  • DEVELOPMENT OFFICER - MEMBERSHIP

    katie.swain@usu.edu

     

    Katie grew up in Orem, Utah but moved to Logan after high school to attend Utah State University. She graduated in 2015 with a...

  • Instagram Specialist

    Kellie is a senior at USU majoring in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations. She runs the Instagram for UPR. Kellie loves being creative and sharing messages on social media that impact the community. She also loves photography,...

  • UPR Management | Host, Morning Edition

    kerry.bringhurst@usu.edu

    At 14-years-old, Kerry began working as a reporter for KVEL “The Hot One” in Vernal, Utah.  Her radio news interests led her to Logan where she became news...

  • News Director| Web Manager

    matilyn.mortensen@usu.edu

    A Utah native, Matilyn graduated from Utah State University in 2019 with a B.S. in journalism and communication. During her...

  • Undisciplined Producer

    Naomi Ward graduated from Utah State in 2020 with degrees in Print Journalism and Communication Studies. During her time in Logan, Naomi wrote for the Utah Statesman and began producing Undisciplined on Utah Public Radio. She now lives in...

  • Engineer

    Rick is our part-time engineer here at Utah Public Radio. He joined UPR as an engineering consultant shortly after retiring from USU Classroom and Multimedia Services (a former division of campus IT).  Initially, Rick helped write and...

  • Production Specialist | All Things Considered Host

    shalayne.needham@usu.edu

    Shalayne Smith Needham has worked at Utah Public Radio since 2000 as producer of Access Utah.  She graduated from Utah State University in 1997 with a BA in...

  • UPR Management | Program Director | Access Utah Host

    tom.williams@usu.edu

    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...

  • Web/Social Media Assistant

    Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing...