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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Politics
5:08 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Ban on Smoking in Your Car with Children Moves Forward

A bill making it illegal to smoke in a car with children is one step closer to becoming law after getting a favorable recommendation from the House Health and Human Services Committee.

Democratic Representative Patrice Arent says her bill is aimed at helping the thousands of children without a voice who are being harmed by second hand smoke in cars. Several doctors spoke in favor of the bill, including Dr. Kevin Nelson, a pediatrician at the University of Utah.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Water Tax Bill Gets Stuck in Committee

File: Rotunda of Utah Capitol
Brian Grimmett

The Senate Revenue and Taxation committee chose not to move on a bill that would have allowed the state to tax water usage.

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-KUER News Pod
12:05 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday February 1, 2013

A Utah legislator tries to give more control to individual schools, speed limits on I-15 and I-80 could be getting higher, and Senator Orrin Hatch proposes a high-skilled immigration bill.

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Public Safety
4:40 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

More Utah Highways Could See 80 MPH Speed Limits

Southern speed limit test area on I-15
UDOT

The speed limit on several sections of Utah’s interstate highways could soon be increased to 80 miles per hour.

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Politics
2:12 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Congressman Jim Matheson Addresses Immigration, Economic Development with Utah Legislature

Congressman Jim Matheson, D-Utah, speaks to the Utah Senate
Brian Grimmett

Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson made a visit to the legislature Thursday where he shared a list of things that he believes will help economic development.

He says the first task in encouraging economic development is eliminating uncertainty.

“You can’t eliminate all uncertainty of course but, when public policy multiplies the amount of uncertainty that’s out there, for the private sector, for the public sector, that’s a burden,” he says.

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Politics
1:55 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Poll Shows Majority of Utahns Feel Swallow Acted Illegally or Unethically

File: Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

 A poll released by the BYU Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy gives new insight into how Utah voters feel about the alleged scandal involving Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

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-KUER News Pod
12:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday January 30, 2013

Utah Democrats call for increased education funding, the Utah House passes a bill that makes legislator pay more transparent, and Governor Gary Herbert declares today Fred Korematsu day.

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Politics
5:33 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Remote Mental Health Care a Possibility with New House Bill

Rep. Ronda Menlove (R.) presents HB 56 to the House Health and Human Services Committee
Brian Grimmett

 The Utah House Health and Human Services Committee gave a favorable recommendation to a bill that would allow mental health and substance abuse counselors the ability to provide therapy remotely.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

New Utah Senate President Calls For Fiscal Responsibility

Spectators watch as the Utah Senate begins the 60th Utah Legislative session
Brian Grimmett

Newly elected Utah Senate President Wayne Neiderhauser opened the 2013 Legislative session by urging senators to be fiscally responsible.

In his opening remarks Senate President Wayne Neiderhauser warned his fellow senators to be careful not to believe they can create money out of thin air as they go about tackling some of Utah’s tough budget issues. He says he hopes to see legislators pass laws that work in the long term, especially when it comes to education funding.

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-KUER News Pod
3:57 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday January 28, 2013

The Utah State Legislature begins today with many new faces, clean air advocates files a lawsuit against the EPA, and Congressmen Jim Matheson introduces legislation to limit kids’ access to violent video games.

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-KUER News Pod
11:51 am
Fri January 25, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday January 25, 2013

Governor Gary Herbert addresses air quality, guns, and the allegations brought against Utah Attorney General John Swallow in his monthly news conference, Utahns say they are willing to pay more taxes for better education, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson speaks at the University of Utah.

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-KUER News Pod
11:23 am
Thu January 24, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday January 24, 2013

The Utah Republican Party makes its first statement on the allegations surrounding Attorney General John Swallow, the Outdoor Retailers show will be staying in Salt Lake for at least two more years, and a group of Utah physicians says the bad air quality is a health emergency.

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-KUER News Pod
12:06 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday January 23, 2012

State subsidies to Sundance get conservative pushback, a Utah legislator wants to eliminate the need for a concealed carry permit, and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker outlines a plan for 2013 in his State of the City Address.

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-KUER News Pod
11:52 am
Tue January 22, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday January 22, 2013

The Utah Sheriff’s Association says they will not enforce federal gun laws they see as unconstitutional, air quality warnings are absent from UDOT signs, and people across the Salt Lake Valley spend their day serving others to honor Martin Luther King.

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KUER Local News
1:15 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Salt Lake City Officials Celebrate MLK Day With Service

Carlton Christensen and Ben McAdams sort canned food.
Brian Grimmett

Members of the Salt Lake City council and newly elected Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams joined volunteers to give a helping hand at the Utah Food Bank today. The event was part of a day of service honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“It’s kind of hard but it’s fun. We’ve been kicking the boxes around pretending that we’re playing soccer and everyone’s in a good mood because we’re all hyped up on coffee and donuts,” says Laurel Conde.

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-KUER News Pod
1:52 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday January 18, 2013

Controversy stirs around the Dixie State College name change, the Utah Department of Health once again loses Medicaid patient data, and a 92-year-old World War II veteran finally receives his war medals after waiting more than 60 years.

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Military
3:57 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Ninety Two Year-Old WW II Veteran Finally Receives Medals

Lewis Frongner receives WW II medals at the age of 92 years old.
Brian Grimmett

After more than 50 years of waiting a 92-year-old World War II veteran from Utah has finally received the medals he earned as a soldier fighting in the Pacific theater.

Lewis Frongner, 92, served for 20 months in the Army as a light mortar gunner during World War II earning him several medals, including a Bronze Star. But Frongner never received those medals. He says he left the service with only the shirt on his back. It wasn’t until his nephew, Steve Frongner, became curious about his uncle’s military service that anyone realized he had never received them.

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-KUER News Pod
1:11 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday January 17, 2013

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar steps down, the Utah Supreme Court puts a hold on the reunion of Terry Achane and his 2-year-old daughter, and Utah women continue to trail their male counterparts in college graduation rates.

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Business & Labor
3:43 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

UTA Making Route Changes in Preparation for New Airport TRAX line

FILE: UTA TRAX train
Brian Grimmett

The Utah Transit Authority is holding public meetings this week on several proposed route changes and reductions. 

In connection with the start of service on the new Airport TRAX line in April UTA is proposing several route changes including eliminating routes in Salt Lake, Tooele, and Davis County. UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter says he thinks for the most part these changes will be well received.

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-KUER News Pod
10:39 am
Wed January 16, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday January 16, 2012

Utah’s Attorney General calls for an investigation into the bribery allegations brought against him, KUER’s Bob Nelson goes shrimping on the Great Salt Lake, and Utah schools see the lowest participation in the free breakfast program in the nation.

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Politics
3:59 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Utah Attorney General Asks U.S. Attorney for Investigation

John Swallow takes the oath of office to become Utah's new Attorney General
The Salt Lake Tribune (pool photo)

Utah Attorney General John Swallow is asking the U.S. Attorney for Utah for a full investigation into allegations that he schemed to bribe a congressman.

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KUER Local News
4:29 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

U.S. Speedskating Coach Cleared of Abuse Allegations

U.S. Speedskating

After five months, an investigation into the alleged abuse of U.S. Speedskating team members has finally come to an end.

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-KUER News Pod
11:45 am
Mon January 14, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday January 14, 2013

Utah’s new Attorney General denies accusations that he helped a St. George businessman avoid an FTC investigation, the man accused of killing an Ogden police officer is suing his insurance company, and three Utahns die in a plane crash in Texas.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:39 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Utah Congressmen Push for More Energy Development in Utah, Environmental Groups Push Back

Senator Mike Lee, Congressman Rob Bishop, and Congressman Chris Stewart speak at the Governor's Energy Development Summit
Brian Grimmett

Members of Utah’s congressional delegation called for more energy development during a panel at the Governor’s Energy Development Summit. But the discussion wasn’t without some push back from local environmental advocacy groups.

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-KUER News Pod
11:43 am
Thu January 10, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday January 10, 2013

The St. George community gets its first look at possible new names for Dixie State College, the Governor recognizes state agencies that participated in his “Choose Health Challenge”, and police continue their search for a missing Herriman teen.

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-KUER News Pod
3:33 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday January 9, 2013

Members of the Salt Lake City Council pick a new council chair, a small Utah town is considering an ordinance recommending gun ownership, and a group that tries to help families fleeing polygamy is raising money to buy a big house.

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Public Safety
4:17 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Should Every Home Have a Gun? A Small Utah Town Says Yes

Old School House Spring City, Utah
Spring City Corporation

Officials in Spring City, Utah are considering an ordinance that would encourage every homeowner to own a gun.

Spring City Councilman Neil Sorensen came up with the original idea that would have made owning a gun mandatory. But after discussion the city council quickly decided doing so would be too complicated, so they changed the language of the ordinance. Sorensen says he hopes the ordinance will make criminals think twice before attempting a home invasion.

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-KUER News Pod
12:49 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday January 8, 2013

Governor Gary Herbert is sworn into office for his first full term, new Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams holds an inauguration ceremony of his own, and environmental groups show concern over the acquisition of EnergySolutions.

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Politics
3:24 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Governor Herbert Inaugurated to First Full Term

Governor Gary Herbert gives his inaugural address
Brian Grimmett

A performance by the One Voice Children’s Choir helped mark the inauguration of Gary Herbert to his first full term as Governor. The ceremony also included performances from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and a 19 gun salute by the Utah National Guard. In his inaugural address Herbert refrained from making any strong political statements. Instead he urged everyone to keep pressing forward while praising the “can-do” attitude of state residents both past and present.

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-KUER News Pod
12:59 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday January 7, 2012

Governor Gary Herbert is sworn into his first full term, newly elected State Auditor John Dougall sits down and talks with KUER’s Dan Bammes, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gives conditional approval to Utah’s health exchange.

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