Matilyn Mortensen

Darren Parry Announces Run For Congress

17 hours ago

“We never had native representation in Washington DC. And we were here first.”

Darren Parry announced on Thursday he will be running as a Democrat for Utah's first congressional district seat this fall. Parry, the chairman of the Northwest Band of the Shoshone Nation, said for him running is about trying to bring a different tone to national politics.

What Are Utahns Thinking Leading Up To Super Tuesday?

Feb 18, 2020
Gage Skidmore

Democratic Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg visited Salt Lake City on Monday night to host a town hall. UPR’s Matilyn Mortensen visited with attendees outside of the event to ask them about their thoughts on the presidential race as Super Tuesday approaches.




The United States Department of Justice has found that a Utah University failed to respond appropriately to known sexual harassment allegations. 


Mohammad Faisal Pirzada

In March, Utah residents who want to use medical cannabis can register to receive a medical cannabis card, which will allow them to purchase and possess marijuana in the state. In preparation for this, the Utah Department of Health is encouraging interested physicians to pre-register for the certification required to recommend the drug.

Matilyn Mortensen



On Monday morning, volunteers from Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox’s campaign turned in over 29,000 signatures to put Cox on the ballot for Utah’s governor in 2020.  


Michelle Kaufusi To Be Jon Huntsman's Running Mate

Feb 7, 2020
Jon Huntsman campaign.

In a video shared on Twitter Friday morning, Jon Huntsman Jr. announced Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi will be his running mate for Utah’s 2020 governor’s race. 


Utah State University is hosting the 14th annual Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research on Friday. This year, for the first time, a juried art exhibit will be a part of the event.

Jason Gilmore

Utah State University assistant professor Jason Gilmore is writing a book on President Donald Trump’s communication style and traveled to Iowa this week to attend some rallies before the state’s caucuses on Monday. 

UPR’s Matilyn Mortensen caught up with Gilmore on Thursday evening after he and his co-author attended at Trump Rally. 

Matilyn Mortensen


During his comments for the first day of Utah Legislative Session, Speaker Brad Wilson acknowledged the 2020 anniversaries of 100 years since the passage of the 19th amendment, which prohibited gender-based voting discrimination, and the 150th anniversary of when a Utah woman became the first female to vote in the United States. 

Matilyn Mortensen


Monday was the first day of 2020 Utah’s Legislative Session and House Speaker Brad Wilson set education spending, making higher education more accessible and addressing state transportation needs as some of his legislative priorities. 


Matilyn Mortensen

Next week is the 157th anniversary of the largest massacre of Native Americans in the United States. Darren Parry, a relative of one of the survivors of the Bear River Massacre in 1863, has written a new book to document the story.

Utah State legislature, house of representatives, senate
Padraic Ryan / Wikimedia Commons

Monday is the first day of the Utah State Legislative Session, and while the voting chimes haven’t started ringing at the capitol quite yet, preparations are in full swing for the whirlwind 45-days of lawmaking. 

Logan Women's March Focusing On Accessibility, Inclusion

Jan 16, 2020
Rhysara, pixabay

Across the country, people are preparing for the fourth Women’s March on Saturday. In Logan, organizers are focusing on making sure people of all abilities can participate in the event. 


In a two-to-one vote on Tuesday morning, Utah County commissioners elected to allow voters to decide whether or not the county’s form of government should be updated.

A role of "I voted stickers" laid out over a letter board with the words "voting day" written on it.

As Super Tuesday approaches, unaffiliated voters in Utah will need to make a decision soon if they want to receive a ballot by mail.

Stefan Jürgensen,

The race for Utah’s open gubernatorial seat is getting crowded. Six candidates have already declared their intent to gather signatures with other high profile individuals expected to announce their decisions by the end of the month.

Logan Has Lowest Unemployment Rate in the Nation

Jan 3, 2020

Logan has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday.

Utah Capitol Building at dusk

People standing outside of a jewelry store in southern Utah.
Jim Sevy

Growing up on the Piute Reservation near Santa Clara, Utah, Glenn Rogers said his family was so poor that there often weren’t any gifts at Christmas time. 

Ben McAdams in front of American Flag.
Eric Connolly

Young girls carrying wood.
AnneCN (

A father-daughter duo from Cache Valley recently published a book featuring stories of service performed by children from around the United States, and even a few from outside the country. 

Motorbike drivers ride down a busy street in downtown Hanoi
Matthew LaPlante

It’s a big day for Nguyen Thu Huong. 

The recent university graduate is one of the dozens of people at a busy motorbike shop in downtown Hanoi, where some customers were waiting for maintenance on the bikes they already own and others walk through the showroom looking for a new one.

Matilyn Mortensen

Down a narrow backpacker alley in southern Vietnam, an idea that never quite took off in Utah is thriving. Visitors from around the world have left their mark on the walls of the Nonla Guys restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City.

Diagnosed: Learning To Hear With A Cochlear Implant

Nov 13, 2018
Doutre Family

While scrolling through your social media feed, you’ve probably seen a video of someone having their cochlear implants turned on for the first time. In these videos, infants, children and adults alike react emotionally to hearing sound through their new device for the first time. 

Better Days 2020 is a Utah organization that created a curriculum about Utah women's path to suffrage.
Better Days 2020

In 1920, the 19th Amendment extended voting rights to women. As the 100th anniversary of the amendment approaches, one organization is creating classroom resources to help Utah students learn more about the role the state played in this historic event.