Andrea Smardon

Reporter

Andrea Smardon is new at KUER, but she has worked in public broadcasting for more than a decade. Most recently, she worked as a reporter and news announcer for WGBH radio. While in Boston, she produced stories for Morning Edition, Marketplace Money, and The World.  Her print work was published in The Boston Globe and Boston.com.  Prior to that, she worked at Seattle’s NPR affiliate KUOW.  Andrea’s stories cover the local to the global - from controversial school committee votes to dissident Burmese hip hop artists.  She holds a Bachelors degree in English and Music from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.  Andrea says she misses the ocean, but is happy to be surrounded by mountains.

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A new film about the healthcare coverage gap in Utah is screening at the University of Utah college of law Tuesday night. It’s called Donut Hole.

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A new organization aims to raise awareness about sexual assault in Utah. It’s called Honey.

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A Utah resident has died after contracting the plague. It’s the first human case in the state since 2009.

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Arizona Senator Jeff Flake was in Salt Lake City Wednesday to speak at a forum on Utah business exports. As a graduate of Brigham Young University, he seemed to be received as a local.

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Utah liquor officials say they're not ready to give a brandy distillery special permission to sell mini-bottles of liquor. Instead they want state lawmakers to step in and settle Utah's complex alcohol-sampling laws.

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Planned Parenthood staff say they are expecting thousands of protestors to attend a rally at the Utah Capitol Tuesday, asking Governor Gary Herbert to reconsider his decision to defund the organization.

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Earlier this week, the chair of the Utah Democratic party Peter Corroon criticized state Republican lawmakers for failing to act on a Medicaid expansion. He said all he could do was pray the governor would call a special legislative session to resolve the issue. Corroon’s prayers may be answered before the end of the year.

Utah lawmakers heard from experts about medical marijuana at the state Capitol Wednesday. One doctor testified that marijuana products could not only provide medical benefits, but might also help reduce the number of Utahns addicted to opiates.

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Utah Democrats are blasting Republicans for not taking action to provide healthcare to low-income citizens. They held a press conference Tuesday saying a Medicaid expansion is long overdue.

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As the White House announces a program to address a surge of heroin abuse in recent years, a family from Sandy has organized a town hall to tell their story, and to raise awareness about Utah’s growing problem with opiate addiction.

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Kaysville residents who want to install rooftop solar panels will once again be able to get credit for the power they produce. City leaders have reversed course on their decision to impose a moratorium on their net metering policy.

The rate of blood transfusions administered to mothers in Utah delivery rooms is twice the national average. That’s according to a new report from the state Department of Health.

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After years of debate, Utah officials recommended Tuesday that a new state prison should be built near the airport in Salt Lake City.

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Four protestors have been arrested after disrupting construction of a tar sands mine in the Book Cliffs of Utah Monday. Environmental activists say they’re hoping that the recent spill of wastewater from a Colorado mine will bring attention to the threats posed by mining.

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About three* million gallons of wastewater laden with heavy metals is making its way towards the San Juan River in southeast Utah. The wastewater was accidentally released by the US Environmental Protection Agency from an abandoned Colorado mine. Utah officials don’t know exactly when it will arrive or what damage it may cause, but they’re warning people to take precautions.

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Dentistry students at University of Utah are about to start seeing some new patients. The U has received a 1.5 million dollar grant to treat people with substance abuse disorders.

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As the number of children in a household goes up, so too does the risk of viral infection. That’s according to a new University of Utah study published in the journal, Clinical Infectious Diseases. The research was made possible by Utah’s large families and a local diagnostic tool.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released new documents related to the translation of the Book of Mormon Tuesday. It’s the latest volume of the Joseph Smith Papers project, an effort to make original documents produced by the Church’s founder available to the public.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah is supporting a group of state inmates currently on hunger strike.

A Southern Utah electrical contractor has been fined for employing children and violating labor laws. An investigation by the US Labor Department found that children in Hildale were unlawfully employed by Reliance Electric Inc.

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Tribal leaders convened at Utah Valley University Thursday for the 10th Annual Governor’s Native American Summit.

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The musical “Book of Mormon” opened at the Capitol Theatre Tuesday night, just two blocks from the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Rocky Mountain Power has committed to reduce emissions and use more clean energy. Its parent company Berkshire Hathaway Energy took part in an Obama Administration climate pledge signed by 13 major companies on Monday.

Utah Republican leaders announced Friday that they have found consensus around a conceptual framework for Medicaid expansion.  A group of six state leaders have been meeting since the close of the legislative Session to find a resolution to the 'coverage gap' for low income residents. House Majority leader Jim Dunnigan says they now have the bare bones of a plan to cover the population up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

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In 2003, Paul Holton was serving as an interrogator for the US Army in Iraq, when he says he came across a young girl crying. She looked to him as though she hadn’t had a bath for a long time. Holton gave her what he had on hand -  a toothbrush, toothpaste, some flip-flops, and a stuffed monkey with long arms and Velcro hands; he put that around her neck.

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The Utah Attorney General’s office will not appeal a federal judge’s ruling that a married lesbian couple has the right to put both of their names on their baby’s birth certificate.

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A coalition of Utah progressives, religious leaders, and advocates for the poor launched a campaign Wednesday to demand action on the healthcare coverage gap for low income citizens.

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The World Congress of Families is responding to attacks after the announcement of the group’s conference in Salt Lake City this October. The group which promotes fundamental Christian values like traditional marriage released a 28-page report Tuesday countering accusations by gay rights groups.

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Kaysville residents who want to install solar panels on their houses are discovering that the city has changed its policies, and they won’t get any credit for the excess power they produce.

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US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy used an appearance in Salt Lake City Friday to advocate for the Obama Administration’s proposed clean power plan.

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