Matilyn Mortensen

News Director| Web Manager

A Utah native, Matilyn graduated from Utah State University in 2019 with a B.S. in journalism and communication. During her undergraduate degree, Matilyn worked at Utah Public Radio as a general reporting intern. After graduation, she covered city and county government at the Logan Herald Journal for a year before returning to UPR. 

When not working to bring you accurate, timely, local news, Matilyn enjoys reading, painting, traveling, and trying new food. 


Matilyn Mortensen

As Logan prepares to welcome Utah State University students back next month, officials in the northern Utah college town are requesting permission from the governor to implement a mask mandate for their city.

While there are still more votes to be counted from Utah's primary election, shortly after 4 p.m. on Monday the Associated Press called Utah's Republican gubernatorial race in favor of Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and his running mate Deidre Henderson.

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“All of the things together, like being pregnant in a foreign country while mourning the loss of my brother, felt like the hardest thing I've ever done. And I've done hard things before as we all have. But for me, these were the hardest together and the timing of them and I felt so alone.”

The first round of results from this year’s primary election are in and as expected, many of the races are too close to call, including the four-way Republican primary for the Governor’s seat.

Utah State University

Officials from Utah State University announced on Wednesday that after Thanksgiving break all university classes will be taught remotely and final exams will be administered remotely as well. In addition to that, fall break on Oct. 16 has been canceled. 

Muslims use Zoom app, virtual meetings to gather, celebrate during Ramadan
Gonca Soyer

When Gonca Soyer and her family moved to Cache Valley a few years ago, they decided to invite their friends and neighbors to join them in celebrating for each night of Ramadan — a holy month where Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and then gather with family, friends and community members to eat and pray and spend time together in the evening. 

A woman in a dentist chair.


Social distancing guidelines have made accessing healthcare challenging and in some cases impossible for people who have a disability or a chronic illness. And even when people could in theory access that care, the risks of infection leaving home creates may make them reluctant to venture out. One of these people struggling to access care is Lou McKee of Salt Lake City. 

Six new coronavirus related deaths were reported on Tuesday. As of 1 p.m., there are 5,499 newly confirmed cases of the virus and 15 new hospitalizations. In total, 126,715 people have been tested for the virus in Utah. 


Social distancing guidelines mean the services Utah drug courts provide have been drastically cut back and altered. Earlier this week, we looked at how staff at the Bear River Health Department are adapting to meet safety guidelines. Now, we share with you the experience of one drug court participant. 


Utah drug courts play an important role in addressing the state’s opioid epidemic, especially in rural communities. Now that efforts to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic are limiting face-to-face interactions many of these services are being moved to virtual platforms. 

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As concerns about shortages of personal protective equipment and hospital overcrowding during the coronavirus pandemic grew, Utah’s governor issued an executive order last month stopping all elective surgeries in the state. For one Cedar City family, this means their five-month-old baby is awaiting a postponed cleft lip and palate surgery.

Uintah County Library

After being closed for over a month, the Uintah County Library began a “soft opening” this week. The library staff is continuing to work to provide community resources, while social distancing.

 After a few days of confirmed coronavirus cases in Utah increasing at a rate of 4.5%, cases increased by 5% on Thursday. As of 1 p.m. on Thursday, there are 3,612 cases of the virus in the state-- 167 new ones since Wednesday.


“Vernal strong” is the motto right now in one Unitah Basin community as residents work together to help each other through not only the global pandemic, but also the downturn in the oil and gas  industry which has hit the community hard. 

A new app called Healthy Together launched on Wednesday. Gov. Gary Herbert and State Epidemiologist Angela Dunn said during the daily media briefing that use of this app will be optional and will play an important roll in tracing the spread of the virus throughout the state. 

There are 3,296 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah, as of 1 p.m. on Tuesday. This is an increase of 83 cases or 3% since Monday. State epidemiologist Angela Dunn said in today's media briefing that Utah's positive rate has dropped slightly from 5% to 4.5%. Four new deaths were also reported by Dunn on Tuesday, including the first COVID-19 related death in the Bear River Health Department. 

Mapping Literary Utah

Years ago, Paisley Rekdal created a digital community project that mapped the people, places, buildings and events that defined Salt Lake City. When she became Utah’s poet laureate, she decided to build on this idea and create a literary map for the entire state.

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In response to the global pandemic, Utah lawmakers started a special legislative session on Thursday morning. The session marked the first time lawmakers called themselves into a session since the state’s constitution was amended in 2018 to give them the power to do so and the first time they held a session via video conferencing. 

The Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual Republican town hall for Utah's First Congressional District. Race. 

While it is still too soon to identify many of the overall trends for the coronavirus in Utah-- state epidemiologist Angela Dunn said in a press briefing on Tuesday that one trend is very clear-- rate at which tests are coming back positive. 

There are 1,738 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah as of Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. This is an increase of 63 cases since Monday. 

There are now 1,246 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state of Utah. Reportedly, 24,248 people have been tested for the virus and there are no new deaths. These numbers were updated at 1 p.m. on Friday.

There are now 1,074 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah as of 1 p.m. on Thursday. The state website posting results reports that 12,065 people have been tested for the virus and that 100 people have been hospitalized, although this number does not account for people who have since recovered.

Utah Senate

In a virtual cottage meeting on Wednesday night, gubenatorial candidate Jeff Burningham annouced state Senator Dan McCay would be his running mate in the 2020 election.

Staff at the Brigham City Museum are inviting students to “make history” by creating art that reflects their experience during the coronavirus pandemic. 


Two more deaths in Utah related to the coronavirus were announced on Wedensday afternoon.

As of 1 p.m., there are now 1,012 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state. Reportedly, 20,155 people in the state have been tested for the virus.

The fifth death related to the coronavirus in Utah was announced on Tuesday as well as 81 new confirmed cases of the virus. State epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn said this is a 10% increase in cases and that the state is maintaining a 5% positive test rate.