Dani Hayes

Freelance Reporter

Dani, hailing from Highland, Utah, graduated from Utah State University with a BS in journalism and a minor in art history. The plan was to become an art critic at some exotic area in Europe but then she discovered public radio during an internship at UPR. After graduation, she worked for the LDS Church's radio station called the Mormon Channel. After 2 1/2 years there, she was drawn back to Logan to be a full-time employee at Utah Public Radio. After years of working in news and managing UPR's web content, she's now a freelance reporter. 

She believes everything in life can be related back to a Seinfeld episode.  

Ways to Connect

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According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 90 million Americans live with a chronic disease with many of those are terminal. How does a person navigate a terminal diagnosis? Here is one story of one young adult who shares with us her mindset of hope and perseverance.

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It's no secret that Utah has a drug problem. The state has one of the highest opioid-abuse problems and drugs like meth and heroin can be found in almost all communities.

Dani Hayes

Many longtime UPR listeners may remember Utah Public Radio reporter Rhesa Ledbetter. Rhesa has a PhD in biochemistry from Utah State University, is a science professor at Idaho State University, and is an award-winning storyteller. 

The House Judiciary Committee is considering two articles of impeachment against President Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Watch as the panel debates and then votes on the allegations.

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The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on the impeachment inquiry report completed by the House Intelligence Committee, as it moves toward drafting articles of impeachment.

Watch the hearing live right here starting at 7 a.m. MST on Monday, December 9. 

The U.S. House of Representatives is holding open hearings in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. All hearings will be streamed through this video player as they are live starting at 7 a.m. MST on Thursday. 


As we bring our One Small Step series to a close, we would like to say thank you to everyone who took this journey with us. Listening is an act of love, and saying "thank you" will never go out of style.

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UPR Presents...the panel discussion titled: Utah’s Proving Ground: Aesthetics, Environment and Politics of Dugway Proving Ground presented by the NEHMA at USU and recorded on October 23 in the USU Performance Hall.

Dani Hayes

When she was 20, Clare Coonan stepped away from her traditional family upbringing.  When he was 50, Scott Swain took a similar big step.  

One Small Step: Cattle And Electric Cars In Vernal

Oct 22, 2019
Dani Hayes

When Jessy McKee looked up to see his interview partner, he was surprised to see his high school science teacher, Tom Elder.  As they catch up, we find that Jessy has stayed with the family ranching business while Tom is still talking science. Here's what this conservative and this long-time liberal had to say to each other.

'Mom, I'll Be By At Ten'

Oct 9, 2019
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While recording for One Small Step this summer, we found that crossing the divide between two strangers often began with the small step of sharing a personal story. Thirty years ago, Clare Coonan had something to tell her parents, and said she would be by at ten. 

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Clayton Long lives in Blanding Utah; Liz Ballenger lives in Moab. They met halfway in Monticello, finding common ground for their love of nature and juggling the different cultures introduced to them throughout their lives. 

Finding Activism, Generations Apart

Jul 17, 2019
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Kolby Sorenson is 27, Charles Salzberg is 75.  Ordinarily they would not mix, but when they came into the UPR studio, they discovered their life experiences had led them to a very similar place.

Taylor Fang of Logan recently received the title of National Student Poet and will serve as a regional literary ambassador for the United States. National student poets are named through a program with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Only five students are selected from a pool of more than 20,000 applicants nationwide. 

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Northbound I-15 near Willard has reopened after 3-4 hours of closure due to a man walking into the right lane and being struck by a semi-truck early Friday morning.

Dani Hayes

This week five-year-old Elizabeth Shelley was laid to rest in the Logan City Cemetery. On May 25th, she was reported missing from her house in Logan and a 5-day search followed. 

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Last Friday was the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Train enthusiast, curious tourists and local Utahns gathered at Promontory Summit to celebrate the life-altering railroad that connected the nation. 


The city of Clearfield in Davis County came in at number 18 on the list for the top small cities nationwide to start a small business. Cedar City came in 19th place and Springville in Utah County in 20th. 

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The iconic Salt Lake City temple will close for four years to complete a major renovation. Authorities are also keeping a careful eye on construction plans after a devastating fire this week at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.


The report from Truecaller, a spam-blocking app, shows that Americans felt victim to more phone scams this year costing them $10.5 billion, up from $8.9 billion the year before. One in six Americans reported losing money with an average loss of $244 per person. 


Today, we’re going to eavesdrop on a conversation between two strangers... It’s part of a new StoryCorps initiative called One Small Step that brings together people on opposite sides of the political divide. 

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Seven off-leash parks are now open to Logan city dog owners. The one-year pilot program began Monday after city leaders and volunteers prepared the parks by installing equipment.


So much of Utah received a fresh blanket of snow this past week, and the Utah Department of Transportation has some guidelines for those shoveling their walkways. 

Dani Hayes

Every January, Hollywood basically makes a temporary home in the mountains of Utah for two weeks. But with the exciting movie stars and film screenings comes congestion, the kind of congestion Park City is not intended for.

Safe UT

SafeUT is a smartphone app for Utahns who want to contact licensed mental health clinicians in times of crisis. The app can also be used as a tip line if you notice someone who may need help. And it's also being used to convince state lawmakers to fund mental health counselors in Utah schools.


New Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson says that if lawmakers don't fix the state's tax structure, the state general fund could run short within a few years, leaving it unable to fund roads, public safety and other government programs. 

USU Extention

With our overly busy lives and our constant desire for distraction, the concept of being present is more important now more than ever, according to a family life specialists at Utah State University. That's why Dr. Dave Schramm wants people to learn more about flow

Building on fire
Brian Champagne

When crews arrived at the scene late Thursday night, they saw flames coming from the north end of the Premier Cabinet shop building off Main Street in Smithfield. 


Utah’s 2019 legislative session opens the end of January and Utah State University will lobby for funding to increase employee compensation and build new buildings, among many other things. 

The Family Place

A traumatic event is characterized as an incident that causes harm to an individual, resulting in an individual feeling anxious, frightened and unsafe. For a child, the traumatic experience can have a lasting impact. As the child’s brain continues to develop they require additional love and support to deal with a traumatic episode. But what if that child doesn’t have that support?