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!

More than 6,000 homes in Utah experienced power outages at some point Sunday after thunderstorms across the state resulted in widespread flash flooding.

The national eviction moratorium, which was put in place to help tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic, has expired. However, there are ways Utahns can still get help.

As reservoir levels continue to drop along the Wasatch Front, everyone has been asked to help by taking shorter showers, watering their lawns less and stop wasting water.

The dust storm that blinded drivers on I-15 in Millard County Sunday was the second deadliest storm since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration started tracking such weather events in 1950. The dust storm killed eight people in a multi-car pileup.

The number of people in Utah hospitals with COVID-19 is at its highest point since February of this year, but there are only half as many cases today than there were earlier this year.

The Salt Lake City Police Department’s crime lab recently passed inspection to receive national forensics accreditation.

Utah firefighters are among thousands working to contain the nation’s largest fire in the Oregon forest.

Utahns are doing better than expected this fire season, according to the state’s fire prevention coordinator Kait Webb. There were no significant firework-related wildfires near Pioneer Day.

Haze and smoke are causing air quality issues throughout Utah. 

Is it possible for another big dust storm, like the one that led to the deaths of eight people on Sunday, to happen again in Utah? University of Utah professor Dr. Kevin Perry says it’s likely because dust storms are “becoming more common.”

At least two fires in Northern Utah are confirmed to have been started by fireworks on Pioneer Day. These fires come as most of the state struggles with extreme drought conditions.

Utah is sending 24 more firefighters to help western states that are struggling with containing wildfires.

Local architect groups and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall joined to announce the launch of a competition for tiny home designs.

The Great Salt Lake has once again dropped to historic lows, according to Utah’s Department of Natural Resources.

Utah’s public-school year is set to begin next month, yet no official plans for COVID-19 guidelines have been released.

Ivan Gabriel Cardona Davila, 27, was arrested last week after police searched his home. He worked at Fast Forward Charter High as the tutor and mentor supervisor and a math intervention specialist. 

On Thursday, Brig. Gen. Richard Gibbs became the new commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base.

A group of 57 Utah firefighters was sent to Oregon Sunday to help fight the state’s rapidly-growing wildfires.

The parents of Tyler Glenn, best known as the lead singer of popular alternative band Neon Trees, had a Pride flag stolen from their porch around 2:40 a.m. Thursday morning.

Facebook's new data center in Eagle Mountain is now live and serving traffic. The center is one of only 17 in the world that is helping to bring apps and services to people across the globe.

According to Zion National Park officials, the park set a new all-time visitation record in June, shattering the previous record.

According to the Out of Reach 2021 report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, you need to earn at least $20.21 an hour to afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment or home in Utah. 

Culper Precision, a Utah company that specializes in the customization of firearms, is no longer selling a handgun that was made to look like it was made out of LEGO bricks. The company received nation-wide backlash for the product, alleging it is unwise to make a gun look like a toy.

Current drought and high heat conditions in Utah are increasing the number of harmful algal blooms being found in the state’s bodies of water.

Health experts are suggesting Utahns limit their time outside until the state’s air quality improves.

Two members of a Utah disaster team remain in Florida assisting recovery efforts at the site of a condominium collapse that has so far claimed the lives of 94 people.

The record high temperatures in Utah have more people than normal heading to emergency rooms seeking relief from the heat.

On July 4, the Utah chapter of Black Lives Matter called the American flag a symbol of hatred and racism. The local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), however, says it disagrees with BLM Utah’s stance.

Extreme drought conditions across Utah have combined with smoke from western wildfires in California, Idaho, Washington and Oregon to create unhealthy air quality.

The Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety canceled an Amber Alert early Friday morning for two children who were taken by their father in Aneth, Utah. The children, one-year-old Bailey Begay and three-month-old Braidin Begay, were found around 2 a.m. unharmed in a remote area south of Dolores, Colorado.