Brian Grimmett

Online Editor

Brian Grimmett is a former intern who worked his way onto the KUER staff. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in communications. As a student he helped produce and report for the University's daily news show, ElevenNEWS, and also served a year as the station's sports director. Brian developed a love for public radio when he interned at KUER, choosing to do so because it was the only broadcast related internship in Salt Lake City that offered compensation, and now says he couldn't imagine working anywhere else. Brian is originally from Arlington, Texas. When he isn't at KUER Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and and new son, taking pictures, and putting together short films and documentaries. 

You can follow Brian on twitter @briangrimmett

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Public Safety
2:59 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Legislator Wants to Bring Back the Firing Squad as Option for Death Penalty

Utah State Prison
Bryan William Jones | http://prometheus.med.utah.edu/~bwjones/

A Utah legislator plans to run a bill that would bring back the firing squad as an option for Utah inmates sentenced to death. Since 2004 Utah inmates sentenced to death have had only one option for their execution: death by lethal injection. But Republican Representative Paul Ray says that could soon pose an issue for the state as it is becoming harder to obtain the specific drugs needed to create the injection and any new formula could be challenged in court.

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KUER Local News
3:06 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Drama Unfolds On SLC Peregrine Falcon Cam as Eggs Begin to Hatch

Utah Division of Wildife Resources

Two of the four peregrine falcon eggs sitting atop the Joseph Smith Memorial building in downtown Salt Lake have now hatched, but the fate of the next two eggs is uncertain. Watchable wildlife program coordinator Bob Walters says there isn’t really a way to predict the outcome, but that it isn’t time to worry just yet.

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Public Safety
3:42 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

West Valley City Civil Service Commission Overturns Demotion of Lt. John Coyle

The West Valley City Civil Service Commission has overturned the demotion of Lt. John Coyle, the former head of the now disbanded Neighborhood Narcotics Unit.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:58 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Climate Scientist Michael Mann Warns Utah of Dire Consequences Without Action

Dr. Michael Mann
Brian Grimmett

Climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann was in Utah Wednesday calling attention to the recently released U.S. National Climate Assessment, that predicts dire consequences for Utah if action isn’t taken soon.

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Public Safety
3:21 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

New Distracted Driving Law Makes it Illegal to Dial While Driving

Brian Grimmett

Several new laws go into effect today, including one that could change people’s driving habits. Utah Highway Patrol Superintendent Danny Fuhr explains the new cell phone law this way.

“In order for us to pull someone over we’re going to see their phone in their hand," Fuhr says. "We’re going to see their attention drawn towards that phone and some type of manipulation of that phone, meaning they’re pushing multiple characters into that phone.”

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Public Safety
12:22 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

State Officials Help Kick Off 4th Annual Road Respect Tour

Brian Grimmett

Officials from the state legislature, the Utah Department of Transportation and the Utah Highway Patrol joined bicycle advocates to help kick off the annual Road Respect tour.

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Entertainment
2:44 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Leonardo to Host New Body Worlds Exhibit

A reindeer with it's skin removed at The Leonardo's Animal Inside Out exhibit.
Brian Grimmett

The Leonardo is opening the first of two new Body Worlds exhibits starting Saturday. It will give visitors an inside look at animals’ skeletons, muscles, organs, and circulatory systems.

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Education
2:48 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Department of Workforce Services Offering $6 Million in STEM Edcuation Funding

Jonathan Lopez Perez and Benhamin Lovelady work on a project inside a lab at the Granite Technical Institute
Brian Grimmett

The Utah Department of Workforce Services is launching a $6 million grant program to help public schools in Utah fund science, technology, engineering and math or STEM programs.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:51 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Utah Air Quality Board to Discuss Strategies for Controlling Wood Burning

Erik Crossman - University of Utah

The Utah Air Quality board will discuss and develop strategies for controlling wood smoke during winter at their monthly meeting Wednesday. 

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Business & Labor
2:43 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Utah's Golf Industry Provides Larger Economic Impact Than Previously Thought

Tord Sollie, Flickr

As Governor Herbert declares May Utah Golf Month a new report also shows the industry has a larger than expected impact on the state’s economy.

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KUER Local News
2:32 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Voices for Utah Children Joins Nationwide Network to Fight Intergenerational Poverty

Aspen Institute

The nonprofit child advocacy organization, Voices for Utah Children,  is receiving a $50,000 grant to continue their work fighting intergenerational poverty.

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Politics
5:48 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Mia Love Wins GOP 4th Congressional District Race

Mia Love speaks to delegates at the Utah GOP Convention
Brian Grimmett

Former Saratoga Springs mayor Mia Love won the state Republican nomination for Utah’s 4th congressional district.

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Politics
5:13 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Utah AG Sean Reyes Accepts GOP Nomination

Attorney General Sean Reyes speaks to delegates at the Utah GOP Convention
Brian Grimmett

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes will be the Republican nominee in the special election to replace former AG John Swallow. Reyes was the only republican candidate running. He has been working as the AG since January when Governor Herbert appointed him to replace Swallow. At the GOP state convention on Saturday, Reyes reaffirmed his commitment to fighting for Utah’s Amendment 3.

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Local Government
1:36 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

2014 Utah Bike Summit Works to Make Utah A Bike Friendly State

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker speaks at the 2014 Utah Bike Summit
Brian Grimmett

Cyclists, business owners, and government leaders gathered for the 2014 Utah Bike Summit Friday to figure out how to make Utah a more bike friendly place.

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Public Safety
2:18 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Provo City Searching for Serial Arsonist

A fire burns near an abandoned building in south Provo early in the morning of April 22
Provo City

Provo city officials are asking for the community’s help in finding a serial arsonist that has set 10 fires in the last month.Each of the 10 fires has been ignited in or around an abandoned house or structure. The first fire too place on March 13 and the latest fire happened early Tuesday morning.

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Public Safety
3:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

BYU Researchers Help UDOT Pinpoint Safety Hotspots on Utah's Roads

UDOT crews work on applying a high-friction surface treatment to a high-risk curve of highway in Logan Canyon.
BYU

A group of researchers at Brigham Young University have developed an advanced traffic safety model that’s helping UDOT make Utah roads safer.

Grant Schultz is an associate professor of civil engineering at BYU. He was on the team of researchers that has spent the last 5 years developing the model. He says the tool will help the Utah Department of Transportation save lives.

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Public Safety
2:53 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

U.S. Marshal Shoots, Kills Man Who Rushed Witness Stand at New Federal Courthouse

Siale Angilau was shot and killed by a U.S. marshal at the federal courthouse in downtown SLC after attacking the witness.
Utah Department of Corrections

A federal marshal shot and killed a man on trial at the new federal courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City after he rushed the witness stand.Siale Angilau, 25, was on trial for violating federal RICO laws. Those are laws that deal with organized crime and corruption. The charges stem from Angilau’s involvement with the Tongan Crip gang.

Perry Caldwell was inside the courtroom when Angilau attacked the witness. He says the witness was testifying about how the Tongan Crip gang works when it happened.

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Business & Labor
2:23 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Utah's Unemployment Rate Ticks Up, But It Isn't A Bad Sign

Main Street Salt Lake City
Photo Dean via Flickr

Utah’s unemployment rate for March ticked slightly up from February to 4.1% but that isn't necessarily a bad sign. The rate increased two tenths of a percent from February’s unemployment rate of 3.9%. But Utah Department of Workforce Services Economist Mark Knold says it’s actually a sign that Utah’s economy is improving.

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Health Care
1:53 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Governor's Healthy Utah Plan "Well Received" in Washington D.C.

File: Gov. Gary Herbert announces his Healthy Utah plan
Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and top officials at the White House were very receptive to his plan to help cover uninsured Utahns.

After his visit to Washington D.C. earlier in the week Governor Herbert says he’s confident that Secretary Sebelius will approve his Healthy Utah plan.

“As she said to me, I see nothing in your proposal, Governor, that would be a deal breaker.”

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Science & Technology
11:09 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Clear Utah Skies Welcome the 'Blood Moon' Eclipse

The 'Blood Moon' which is caused by light that is filtered through the Earth's atmosphere and reflects off of the moon.
Brian Grimmett

Last night many Utahns stayed up until the early morning hours to witness a total lunar eclipse, also known as a "blood moon" because of the distinct orange-redish color that the moon becomes during totality. This is the first of four lunar eclipses that will take place about every six months for the next year and a half.

Check out some of the pictures and a timelapse made by KUER Reporter Brian Grimmett.

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Health Care
2:27 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Governor Meets with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

File: Governor Gary Herbert unveils his plan for Medicaid expansion
Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert is in Washington D.C. Monday meeting with outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about his plan to help low income Utahns get health insurance.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:51 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Salt Lake County Unveils New Electric Vehicle Super Charging Station

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams unveils new EV charging station at the County Building.
Brian Grimmett

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams unveiled a brand new electric vehicle charging station today at the County Building. It’s the first publicly operated EV charging station in the valley.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Given Legislature Stronger Subpoena Power

Gov. Gary Herbert discusses the three bills he votoed
Brian Grimmett

On final day to approve bills passed by the Utah Legislature, Governor Gary Herbert vetoed HB414, which would have given the legislature the final say on challenges to legislative subpoenas.

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Politics
4:32 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Former Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon Considers Running for State Democratic Party Chair

Former Salt Lake County Mayor and Gubernatorial candidate Peter Corroon says he’s considering running to be chairman of the Utah Democratic Party. Corroon hasn’t been heavily involved in politics for almost two years. And while he says he hasn’t made a final decision on whether or not to run for State Democratic Party Chair, he says it’s a position that definitely piques his interest.

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Business & Labor
3:58 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Utah State Fair Under-Attended and Over-Subsidized

The Utah State Fair

The Utah State Fair is underperforming according to a new report by the Office of the Utah State AuditorThe limited performance audit compared the Utah State Fair with several other state fairs around the country.  It specifically focused on similar fairs held in Arizona, Idaho, and New Mexico. David Pulsipher is the performance audit director.

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Business & Labor
3:56 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Vail Resorts CEO Stokes Park City Mountain Resort Conflict

Park City Mountain Resort

The dispute over Park City Mountain Resort’s lease of land from Talisker Land Holdings, LLC has left the boardroom and spilled into the public domain.

Vail Resorts is now representing Talisker in the dispute after signing a long-term deal to operate the Talisker owned Canyons resort. Talisker has also offered to lease the land where Park City Mountain Resort now sits to Vail if and when 3rd district court judge Ryan Harris decides that PCMR failed to renew their lease with Talisker before it expired in 2011.

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KUER Local News
2:07 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Tips From the IRS For a Happy Tax Season

Tuesday April 15 marks this year’s deadline to file federal income tax returns. IRS spokesperson Bill Brunson says even if you’re not sure you can make the payment, it’s much better to file or ask for an extension before the deadline passes than to do nothing at all.

“I still would have a late payment penalty, but the late payment penalty is one half of one percent, as opposed to a 4.5% penalty for a late file,” he says.

Brunson also says if you’re going to hire someone else to prepare your taxes, it’s important to do so as carefully as you pick a doctor or dentist.

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Politics
1:42 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Sean Reyes Begins His Campaign to Remain Utah's Attorney General

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes
Brian Grimmett

It’s been three months since Governor Gary Herbert appointed Sean Reyes to fill the vacancy left by John Swallow in the Attorney General’s office, and today Reyes officially filed to run to keep the spot for the remainder of Swallow’s term.

Reyes says he wants to keep his position so he can continue implementing changes aimed at improving the public’s eroding trust in the Attorney General’s office in the aftermath of the John Swallow scandals. He says he’s already seeing results and he’d like to continue what he’s started.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Democrat Charles Stormont to Run for Attorney General

Democrat Charles Stormont announces his candidacy for Utah Attorney General
Brian Grimmett

Democrat Charles Stormont has filed to run in the special election to replace former Attorney General John Swallow.

Charles Stormont has worked as an attorney in the Utah Attorney General’s office for the past 6 years.  He says the Swallow scandal and the effects it had on the office is one of the main reasons he decided to run.

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Politics
12:14 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Swallow Scandal Results in Campaign Finance Changes

Utah Attorney General John Swallow resigns from office
Brian Grimmett

The scandal surrounding former Utah Attorney General John Swallow not only ended in his resignation, but also brought about several changes to Utah’s campaign finance reporting laws. 

The House’s investigation into John Swallow came with a price tag of about $4 million. A cost House Speaker Becky Lockhart says was well worth it.

“It was a high cost, but we cannot put a price on public trust," she says. "One does not cut corners when the very integrity of the justice system is at question.”

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