Tyler Hewitt

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, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!

Utah continues to be the fastest-growing state in the nation and state leaders are shedding light on what's being done to address growth and sustainability.


Some Utah colleges are starting to launch esports programs. These are competitive leagues for video gaming at the collegiate level that give students opportunities to win scholarships, find a career and more.

COVID cases have been on the rise in Utah for several weeks now. But according to new modeling data, the number of cases could decline soon. 

Search teams have found no signs of Gabby Petito’s boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, in a Florida wilderness park where they have spent days searching. Laundrie is officially a person of interest in the case, and he may be the only person who’s able to give answers on what happened to Petito. 

Davis School District is saying no to certain flags being allowed in classrooms, including Black Lives Matter, rainbow and Make America Great Again flags. 


The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square held a live rehearsal Tuesday for the first time in 19 months. The 19-month gap is the longest in the choir's 174-year history.


The Utah Inland Port Authority delayed a critical vote on whether to create a new infrastructure district and spend more than $150 million in bonds or not. The delay gives the environmentalists who are protesting the project a temporary win. 

The autopsy of the body believed to be Gabby Petito that was found near Jackson, Wyoming is scheduled for Tuesday, and investigators say it could answer a lot of questions. 

The Navajo Nation has reported 63 more COVID-19 cases and one additional death.

Officials in Jackson, Wyoming stated a body that is “consistent” with the descriptions of Gabby Petito has been found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, where she was last known to be. 

Finding Gabby Petito, who was reported missing on Sept. 11, without her boyfriend Brian Laundrie's cooperation will be extremely difficult, according to law enforcement experts in Utah. 


A crowd of small business owners and anti-vaccine mandate activists gathered at the House Office Building on the Capitol grounds on Wednesday. They were urging lawmakers to do something and not allow COVID-19 vaccine requirements for employees.


With help from its primary insurer, The Hartford, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Boy Scouts of America reached a tentative agreement to pay out more than $1 billion in claims to men who were molested in the organization. 


A TikTok trend where students are stealing and damaging items in schools such as soap dispensers and exit signs is happening here in Utah.

A group of Chinese nationals have sued the Utah Department of Transportation, the State of Utah and multiple construction companies after a bus crash that left four dead in 2019. 

Prosecutors in Salt Lake, Utah, Summit and Grand counties are calling on Utah lawmakers to scrap the death penalty. On Tuesday, the prosecutors sent a letter to Gov Spencer Cox and the Utah State Legislature. 

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall sent a letter to city council on Monday, asking for an extension on the city’s mask mandate as coronavirus cases continue to rise across the state.

Utah fire crews that were preparing to go to California to help fight wildfires have been told to stand down for now. The Utah Department of Emergency Management confirmed that California cancelled requests for help under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

Utah Task Force 2 returned home Saturday to reunite with their families. 

A group of protesters gathered Sunday at the Utah State Capitol to speak out against the current Taliban control in Afghanistan. 

Employees and local health officials are trying to figure out exactly how to coordinate President Biden’s new vaccine mandate. 

Sen. Kirk Cullimore (R-Sandy) says businesses should have some accountability and responsibility if they decide to mandate the coronavirus vaccines and an employee or customer has an adverse reaction to it. 

It’s been over a year since the disastrous windstorm that toppled 1,300 trees and damaged another 4,000 trees in Salt Lake City. Efforts to replant all of those trees will continue through the fall.

Living close to an apartment complex is good for the property value of single family homes, according to a report by economists at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. 

Similar to how there have been shortages of computer chips and new cars, there is a shortage of foods that supply school cafeterias in Utah and around the country.

As summer comes to a close, the Hill Air Force Base has shared four safety tips for driving in the fall. 

A missing hiker has been found alive following an active search and rescue operation that closed The Narrows in Zion National Park. Officials say the hiker was found with no serious injuries. 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints revealed the new name and location of the new Eugene, Oregon temple. Officials announced the official name will be Willamette Valley Oregon Temple. 

Residents of southern Utah are looking at several days to weeks of cleanup after heavy rains on Wednesday caused flash flooding.

The Utah Department of Transportation reminded drivers to plan ahead as many look to take to the roads during the upcoming Labor Day weekend.