Dani Hayes

Morgan Pratt

According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 90 million Americans live with a chronic disease with many of those are terminal. How does a person navigate a terminal diagnosis? Here is one story of one young adult who shares with us her mindset of hope and perseverance.

Lauran and Jay Hymas

It's no secret that Utah has a drug problem. The state has one of the highest opioid-abuse problems and drugs like meth and heroin can be found in almost all communities.

Project Resilience: Traversing The Trail Of Grief

Jul 30, 2020
Dani Hayes

Many longtime UPR listeners may remember Utah Public Radio reporter Rhesa Ledbetter. Rhesa has a PhD in biochemistry from Utah State University, is a science professor at Idaho State University, and is an award-winning storyteller. 


As we bring our One Small Step series to a close, we would like to say thank you to everyone who took this journey with us. Listening is an act of love, and saying "thank you" will never go out of style.

Let's Talk Poetry: Logan High School Student Awarded National Poetry Title

Jul 9, 2019

Taylor Fang of Logan recently received the title of National Student Poet and will serve as a regional literary ambassador for the United States. National student poets are named through a program with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Only five students are selected from a pool of more than 20,000 applicants nationwide. 

Utah Highway Patrol

Northbound I-15 near Willard has reopened after 3-4 hours of closure due to a man walking into the right lane and being struck by a semi-truck early Friday morning.

Dani Hayes

This week five-year-old Elizabeth Shelley was laid to rest in the Logan City Cemetery. On May 25th, she was reported missing from her house in Logan and a 5-day search followed. 

Ian Matteson / Spike 150

Last Friday was the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Train enthusiast, curious tourists and local Utahns gathered at Promontory Summit to celebrate the life-altering railroad that connected the nation. 

When the last tap pounded the Golden Spike into place, the telegraph operators standing alongside tapped out the word DONE. Whistles blew and hats flew through the air – the Transcontinental was done but railroading in Utah had really just begun. 


The city of Clearfield in Davis County came in at number 18 on the list for the top small cities nationwide to start a small business. Cedar City came in 19th place and Springville in Utah County in 20th. 

Mormon Newsroom

The iconic Salt Lake City temple will close for four years to complete a major renovation. Authorities are also keeping a careful eye on construction plans after a devastating fire this week at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.


The report from Truecaller, a spam-blocking app, shows that Americans felt victim to more phone scams this year costing them $10.5 billion, up from $8.9 billion the year before. One in six Americans reported losing money with an average loss of $244 per person. 

'I Think We’re Probably Very Much In The Same Place' - A One Small Step Conversation

Apr 16, 2019

Today, we’re going to eavesdrop on a conversation between two strangers... It’s part of a new StoryCorps initiative called One Small Step that brings together people on opposite sides of the political divide. 

Natacha de Oliveira - Pexels

Seven off-leash parks are now open to Logan city dog owners. The one-year pilot program began Monday after city leaders and volunteers prepared the parks by installing equipment.

Dani Hayes

Every January, Hollywood basically makes a temporary home in the mountains of Utah for two weeks. But with the exciting movie stars and film screenings comes congestion, the kind of congestion Park City is not intended for.

Safe UT

SafeUT is a smartphone app for Utahns who want to contact licensed mental health clinicians in times of crisis. The app can also be used as a tip line if you notice someone who may need help. And it's also being used to convince state lawmakers to fund mental health counselors in Utah schools.


New Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson says that if lawmakers don't fix the state's tax structure, the state general fund could run short within a few years, leaving it unable to fund roads, public safety and other government programs. 

USU Extention

With our overly busy lives and our constant desire for distraction, the concept of being present is more important now more than ever, according to a family life specialists at Utah State University. That's why Dr. Dave Schramm wants people to learn more about flow

Building on fire
Brian Champagne

When crews arrived at the scene late Thursday night, they saw flames coming from the north end of the Premier Cabinet shop building off Main Street in Smithfield. 


Utah’s 2019 legislative session opens the end of January and Utah State University will lobby for funding to increase employee compensation and build new buildings, among many other things. 

Diagnosed: Childhood Trauma And Resiliency

Dec 12, 2018
The Family Place

A traumatic event is characterized as an incident that causes harm to an individual, resulting in an individual feeling anxious, frightened and unsafe. For a child, the traumatic experience can have a lasting impact. As the child’s brain continues to develop they require additional love and support to deal with a traumatic episode. But what if that child doesn’t have that support? 

It happens every day – in a hospital, in a car, at home – babies are born. Almost 4 million babies were born in 2016 in the U.S., that’s nearly 11,000 babies a day. 

Especially after a first baby, the homes of many new moms are packed with people, presents and casserole pans from well-meaning neighbors. But, when the excitement fades, and the inevitable exhaustion sets in, where do moms go for support?

Our Schools Now

Utah voters rejected a ballot measure Tuesday that would have boosted education funding through a gas tax in a state that has the lowest per pupil spending in the nation. 


So you’re driving down I-15, casually looking around at the terrain, the other cars, other drivers. You glance inside the cab of the semi-truck you’re passing and something catches your attention.

Elephant Canyon, Needles District, Canyonlands National Park
Dani Hayes

Picture yourself scrolling through your Facebook feed. You see a friend’s picture on top of Mt. Timpanogos. They look happy, healthy and adventurous. You get a little envious.


Current and forecasted weather paired with extremely dry vegetation throughout northern Utah have created hazardous fire conditions. 


In May, the city of St. George initiated an ordinance for residents that limits outdoor watering from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Data from the last 2 months show that most people are watering their lawns between 4:00 and 6:00 a.m. Because of this, there is a large drop in water pressure causing water coverage from sprinklers to be less effective.

Family in front of Solution Focus RV.
Dani Hayes

In today’s digital and mobile world, there are so many ways to get the word out about a cause. Some people use social media, others start a podcast or blog, and some take it on the road. 


This Friday there will be some very happy high school students packing the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City. Students from around the state will be traveling to Utah's capital to watch the award-winning musical Hamilton, a hit Broadway production about founding father Alexander Hamilton. 

King's Road: Where Do We Go From Here?

Apr 24, 2018
Selma, Alabama water tower
Brianne Johnson

By only looking at the civil rights movement through the lens of Martin Luther King Jr., we would see a cursory story of Jim Crow segregation, and the struggle for voting rights. But if we follow the story of a child, who was a foot soldier in the movement, we would reveal a more visceral story.