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!

According to a report from Deseret News, the state of Utah spent more than $6.7 billion in federal funds in the year of the COVID-19 pandemic. This number has State Auditor John Dougall concerned about the future reliance Utah could have on federal subsidies. 

Several Utah communities are stepping up to support the family whose food truck, World Famous Yum Yum Food Truck, was covered in racist vandalism earlier this week in Northern Utah. Among the top supporters is Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson who is helping pay for the truck’s new paint job.

If you'd like to catch a fish Utah’s outdoors but you don’t have a fishing license, this is the weekend to do it. Free Fishing Day will be held on Saturday, June 12 and anyone can fish at any public water body in Utah without a license.

Utah Governor Spencer Cox is asking residents to limit their water usage while also banning fireworks on state and unincorporated lands with a new executive order.

The Logan-based Malouf Foundation, which aims at fighting child sexual exploitation, announced Tuesday it is working to help survivors by opening an aftercare facility for victims. The announcement was made in Park City, where the foundation held a golf fundraiser event, which raised over $200,000. Every dollar will go directly toward the development of the new facility, according to a press release.

According to brand new data that was just released, Utah’s housing market has reached record-breaking levels— again.

According to a report from FOX 13, sixty-two percent of Utah is being classified as “exceptionally dry,” which is the highest category of drought used by meteorologists today.

Over the weekend, the World Famous Yum Yum food truck was vandalized in northern Utah. The owners of the Filipino truck are asking for the public’s support as Utah’s Philippines Independence Day nears.

Tens of thousands of Utahns gathered and marched through downtown Salt Lake City on Sunday to close out Utah’s Pride Week.

On Thursday, the Utah Department announced Dr. Leisha Nolen as its newest state epidemiologist. According to a press release, Nolen will become Utah’s top infectious disease expert when she officially joins the health department on July 6. 

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox posted a video to his Twitter Thursday, inviting all Utahns — regardless of religious affiliation — to join in a collective prayer for rain as the state’s extreme drought persists.

According to FOX 13, for the first time in Utah’s history, Utah state employees are required to work from home Thursday due to poor air quality across the state. 

Memorial Day weekend is typically one of the busiest weekends of the year for Utah’s national parks. This year, the parks are remaining full days past the weekend, which hasn’t been a typical trend in the past.

In honor of World Bicycle Day on Thursday, Lawnstarter released a report about the best cities to bike in across the United States, and Salt Lake City has been named as the eighth best city to bike in America.

Governor Spencer Cox issued a proclamation Tuesday, officially declaring June as LGBTQ+ Pride month. He is the first Utah governor to do so, according to FOX 13

Utah’s statewide drought — which has several executive orders issued by Gov. Spencer Cox working to combat it — is now becoming visible on the shorelines of the state’s reservoirs. 

Utah residents and state officials gathered at the state capitol Monday for a special Memorial Day event to honor Utahns who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Researchers at the University of Utah are a part of a national team of scientists working on an implant that’s expected to cut the time it takes to recover from jet lag in half, according to a report from FOX 13.

According to a report from the Salt Lake Tribune, Utahns relied on nonprofits more than ever in 2020, but these nonprofits had much less funding than in the past. The Utah Nonprofit Association conducted a survey and found that some organizations may not survive much longer due to lack of funding.

According to data released from the Utah Department of Workforce Services, Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for April 2021 saw an estimated rise of 2.3% over the past 24 months. The state added a total of 35,600 jobs since April 2019. 

Basketball star Donovan Mitchell, a prominent leader in promoting social justice in Utah and across the country, called the resolution by Utah House and Senate Republicans against the teaching of critical race theory in Utah schools “unfortunate.”

Rocky Mountain Power is preparing for possible wildfires and widespread power outages as strong winds move across Utah Thursday.

David Fitzgibbons, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who covers national security breaches in Montana, Idaho and Utah, said he believes the “greatest long term threat in the United States, including the people of Utah, is the Chinese Communist Party.”

Just in 2021 so far, 50 firearms have been found during searches in carry-on luggage at the SLC Int’l Airport, according to a report from FOX 13.

Utah has been last in the nation for decades in per pupil spending on education, but no longer. According to 2019 U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday, Utah pulled ahead of Idaho and is now the second lowest state in per pupil education spending. 

According to a press release from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, the likelihood of conflicts with bears increases during drought years because a bear’s normal food supply is decreased. This leads bears to seek alternative food sources, which can put many at risk. 

The Utah legislature is set to discuss whether to ban mask requirements in schools in a special session on Wednesday, according to Deseret News. Gov. Spencer Cox included the issue in his call for the special session issued Monday morning.

Police are investigating a possible hate crime in Salt Lake City. Yesterday, as members of the Chabad Lubavitch of Utah were arriving at their synagogue for Sunday services, they found a swastika carved into the glass on the front door. 

On Sunday, Sen. Mitt Romney accepted the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award. He was named the recipient of the award from the JFK Foundation because of his vote to convict former President Donald Trump in his first impeachment trial. He was the first U.S. Senator in history to vote for the conviction of a president belonging to the same party. 

On Thursday, Gov. Spencer Cox declared another State of Emergency in order to combat ongoing extreme drought conditions across Utah. According to FOX 13, Utahns should expect new water restrictions and strict enforcement.