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 new poll from Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics, Gov. Cox — whose biggest challenge since being elected last year has been the COVID-19 pandemic — continues to see high job approval ratings, likely because of his COVID-19 response. 

Gov. Cox, along with 18 other Republican governors, signed a joint letter to President Biden requesting for him to  control the “crisis on the southern border.”

On Monday, The Food and Drug administration granted its approval for administering the Prizer COVID-19 vaccine to children and teens as young as 12 years old. On Wednesday, a CDC advisory committee is expected to issue final guidance on how to effectively administer the vaccine, according to KUTV.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has released its spending amounts and guidelines for the $350 billion in pandemic relief funding, and roughly $2.5 billion is coming to Utah, according to a report from KUTV.

According to a new qualitative brief from the Utah Women and Leadership Project, which has been studying COVID-19 impacts on Utah women, career advancement opportunities have been slim among the state’s women since the pandemic began.

According to data from UtahRealEstate.com, prices for houses in Utah are continuing to soar across the state, shattering old records and making it even more difficult for buyers to find a home.

Decarcerate Utah, a group looking to defund the Salt Lake City Police Department, listed their demands Tuesday, saying local leaders have ignored the “will of the people,” according to KUTV.

The Utah Department of Corrections announced Thursday that all inmates in the Utah State Prison and Central Utah Correctional Facility have been offered at least one COVID-19 vaccine.

Sen. Mike Lee is currently getting blasted on social media for being one of only two senators who voted against the Safe Drinking Water Act.

According to a recent study from Yelp and Zillow, Salt Lake City is in the top 10 U.S. cities for “Digital Nomads” — cities that offer the best mix of available, affordable and flexible rental housing and other community amenities as people work remotely. 

On Fox News Monday, Rep. Burgess Owens falsely claimed that Salt Lake City “defunded” its police department by $5 million, and connected that to an increase in murders.

According to reporting from the Salt Lake Tribune, Sen. Mitt Romney and Rep. Burgess Owens were left out of the Salt Lake County GOP’s official list of delegates that was submitted to the state ahead of the party’s state convention this weekend. 

According to Census data and a report from KSL, Utah was the fastest-growing state in the nation over the past decade. However, this growth wasn’t large enough to provide the state an additional congressional seat.

According to Deseret News, Sen. Mitt Romney wrote a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, urging him to open a passport agency in Salt Lake City.

Mantua Mayor Michael Johnson has announced his resignation just days after the former police chief accused him of firing him for not writing enough speeding tickets. Johnson announced his resignation on Mantua’s Facebook page on Monday.

According to a report from KUTV, Utah doctor Andrew Pavia is urging young people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as hospitals across the country are seeing spikes in cases among their age group.

The Salt Lake County governmetn announced Sunday on its Facebook page that it has two thousand COVID-19 vaccination appointments available for this week.

Utah State University Executive Vice President and Provost Francis Galey announced Friday that Alan L. Smith has been selected as the newest dean for the Emma Eccles Jones College Of Education And Human Services.

In his weekly news conference Thursday, Gov. Cox said Utah is reaching a point where the supply of COVID-19 vaccines is beginning to outweigh demand. 

Due to a statewide drought, Salt Lake County is aiming to reduce water usage by a minimum of 5% across its 159 facilities, according to a news release.

U.S. Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney, and Representatives Chris Stweart, John Curtis, Burgess Owens and Blake Moore wrote a letter on Thursday to Deb Haaland, Secretary of the Interior, requesting an explanation regarding Utah receiving lower funding than usual for public lands projects. 

After attending a membership council in Kansas, Utah sex therapist Natasha Helfer was notifed she’s been excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints due to her statements that contradict the church’s teachings. 

On Tuesday, the Navajo Nation reported no new deaths related to COVID-19 for the tenth consecutive day.

Gov. Spencer Cox, Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson and several other lawmakers met in Salt Lake City on Tuesday to cerimonelly sign six bills aimed at equity. The bills are aimed at issues like hunger, homelessness, housing affordability and immigration.

Angela Dunn, one of Utah’s most prominent leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic, is stepping down as the state’s epidemiologist to become the executive health director of the Salt Lake County Head Department. 

On Monday, the Ute Indian Tribe presented arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court about the distribution of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds to federally recognized tribal governments. 

Utah cities dominate a new list by WalletHub that analyzed the best small cities in the United States to start a business.

According to a report from KUER, more Utah teachers stayed in their jobs this year than have over the past five years, despite concerns the COVID-19 pandemic would drive teachers away.

Utah State University football player Ismael Kalani Vaifo’ou has been arrested after he allegedly broke into a female student’s dorm and sexually assaulted her Sunday morning. He has been dismissed from the USU football team.

The Utah Legislature has named the members of the redistricting committee who will be responsible for drawing the boundaries of state Senate, House and Congressional districts.