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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-KUER News Pod
12:07 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday March 28, 2013

The Utah Tourism Office launches a new ad campaign, Utah gets its first non-profit health insurance cooperative, and state agencies begin creating air quality improvement plans.

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-KUER News Pod
4:05 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday March 27, 2013

Utah Senator Mike Lee says he’ll actively block any new gun control legislation, the Utah Supreme Court hears arguments in a controversial adoption case, and Salt Lake City wrestles with increasing fees to use the city’s athletic fields.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:04 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Utah Launches New Tourism Campaign

Life Elevated Banners
Brian Grimmett

The Utah Office of Tourism launched a brand new regional ad campaign today to help promote the state’s five national parks.

The $3.1 million dollar campaign will include TV commercials in major western markets like Los Angeles, Denver, and San Francisco as well outdoor and digital advertisements. Governor Gary Herbert was on hand for the launch. He says tourism has and will continue to help Utah’s economy.

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-KUER News Pod
12:37 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday March 26, 2013

The U.S. Interior Department announces a plan to develop Utah tar sands, a sweetheart deal could end up saving Salt Lake County millions of dollars, and the University of Utah begins an investigation into their swim team.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

30-Year-Old Deal Could Save Salt Lake County Millions of Dollars

FILE: Salt Palace Convention Center

A deal made more than 30 years ago between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Salt Lake County could end up saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

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-KUER News Pod
1:53 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday March 25, 2013

The Gateway Mall looks to get out of the shadow of City Creek, a couple of Utah airports will feel the effect of federal spending cuts, and Bishop John C. Wester of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake sits down with KUER’s Dan Bammes.

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3:56 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

KUER's Clearing the Air Series Gets Nod from City Weekly

Lead in text: 
Our recent series with RadioWest on Clearing the Air gets a thumbs up from this City Weekly story. Let us know what you thought about it.
Working Together Fierce Competition City Creek Success Finally, we're hearing some good news from City Creek. After a year of operation, the urban mall is 98 percent full, and its apparent success should serve as a reminder that, 1. You can't tell tales, and 2. More of the same will just take from its competitors.
-KUER News Pod
11:53 am
Thu March 21, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday March 21, 2013

Prominent Utah pollster Dan Jones retires, members of the Clearfield Community Church try and move on after a devastating fire, and the University of Utah plans to bring science to prisons.

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-KUER News Pod
12:22 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday March 20, 2013

The Salt Lake City Council can’t decide on a final destination for the Sugarhouse Streetcar, Salt Lake City and County reach an agreement for a new performing arts center, and thousands of gallons of diesel fuel spill into Willard Bay Park.

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-KUER News Pod
12:33 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday March 19, 2013

A gay rights organization takes on Utah’s Amendment 3, Salt Lake County expands their small business loan program, and Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love could be gearing up for a rematch with Congressman Jim Matheson.

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Hinckley Forums
11:07 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Hinckley Forums: 2013 Legislative Wrap-Up

Monday March 19, 2013

Legislative Wrap-up

Rep. Becky Lockhart, R-Provo (Speaker of the House)

Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton

Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, D-Salt Lake

Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake (Senate Minority Leader)

Lindsay Zizumbo, Moderator

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-KUER News Pod
4:25 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

KUER News Pod: The Legislative Wrap-up

Utah’s Zion Curtain is staying put, three air quality bills survive, and the education budget gets a shot in the arm.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

2013 Utah Legislative Session Live Chat

Brian Grimmett

Join KUER's team of reporters for a live chat from the Utah State Capitol as we track down the most important stories on the last day of the Utah State Legislature. Join in on the conversation and tell us what you think about this year's legislative session. Let us know what you think, be it  the good, the bad, or the ugly.

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Politics
3:12 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Constitutional Carry Bill Passes Legislature, Sent to Governor's Desk

Sen. Allen Christensen, R-Ogden speaks in favor of HB76
Brian Grimmett

HB 76, the bill eliminating the need to get a concealed carry permit, is moving to the governor’s desk after the Senate gave it final approval today.

Sen. Allen Christensen, R-Ogden, is the Senate sponsor of the bill. He says he simply wants to make it easier for Utahns to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights that they already have.

“It doesn’t change anything about who can carry a weapon or possess a firearm," he says. "It simply gives honest people the right to do what they can’t do honestly right now, and that is cover up the weapon.”

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Public Safety
4:07 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Constitutional Carry Bill Moves Toward Final Hurdle

Sen. Allen Christensen, R-Ogden speaks in favor of HB76
Brian Grimmett

A bill that would remove the need to get a concealed carry permit for gun owners over the age of 21 is one vote away from being sent to the Governor’s desk. HB76 received preliminary approval in the Utah Senate today. 

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Politics
5:27 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Antidiscrimination Bill Dies Without a Senate Debate

Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake and Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George concede the defeat of SB262
Brian Grimmett

Republican Senator Stephen Urquhart’s LGBT antidiscrimination bill did not receive a vote on the Senate floor Monday, effectively killing it for this year’s legislative session.

By passing out of committee SB262, which would prohibit employers and landlords statewide from discriminating against homosexuals, made it further than any other similar legislation ever has. Democratic Senator Jim Dabakis co-sponsored the bill and while he says that he’s disappointed that it didn’t receive a vote in the Senate, he acknowledges that they’re moving in the right direction.

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-KUER News Pod
2:22 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday March 8, 2013

A statewide anti-discrimination bill gets preliminary approval, Alliance for a Better Utah files a complaint about Attorney General John Swallow, and the Republican caucus releases their preliminary budget proposal.

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-KUER News Pod
11:13 am
Wed March 6, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday March 6, 2013

Utah students and families battle the rising cost of higher education, a bill to fund preschool programs for at-risk children fails in the Utah Senate, and Representative Jim Matheson introduces legislation to end straight ticket voting.

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Education
4:50 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Attempt to Fund Pre-School for At-Risk Children Fails in Senate

File: Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

A controversial bill that would help create preschool programs for at-risk children failed in the Utah Senate today.

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Education
2:29 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Youth Suicide Prevention Bill Moves Out of Senate

Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake
Bob Nelson

A bill that would require schools to notify the parents of children who are being bullied or who have threatened suicide has passed out of the Utah Senate today. Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake says SB184 is aimed at helping parents share responsibility with the schools and allow them to be more engaged in what happens with their children.

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Hinckley Forums
9:57 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Hinckley Forums: U.S. - Portugal Relations

Thursday, February 28

U.S. Portugal Relations

His Excellency Nuno Brito
Ambassador to the U.S. for Portugal

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Hinckley Forums
5:26 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Hinckley Forums: Who Will Be Our Privacy Champion?

Thursday, February 28

Who Will Be Our Privacy Champion: Congress, the FTC or Class Action Lawyers?

Kasmir Hill

Senior Online Editor at Forbes and author of The Not-So-Private-Parts blog.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:49 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Governor Supports Bill Calling for a Move to CNG Fleets

Governor Gary Herbert speaks to legislators and members of the media aboard a crowded school bus powered by CNG
Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert along with legislators and government leaders are putting their support behind a bill that would help local and state agencies expand their fleets of Compressed Natural Gas vehicles.

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-KUER News Pod
12:09 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday March 1, 2013

The Utah House looks at tax credits for clean fuel vehicles, Governor Herbert is against a bill eliminating the need for a concealed carry permit, and legislators join a coalition of groups from the private sector to promote workplace safety.

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-KUER News Pod
11:25 am
Thu February 28, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday February 28, 2013

The Utah Legislature looks at a bill that would delay the start date for Utah’s guest worker program, the so-called “Zion Curtain” may be coming down, and KUER’s Dan Bammes takes a look at how Utah’s Industries are contributing to air pollution.

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Business & Labor
5:22 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

"Zion Curtain" Removal Bill Moves Out of House Committee

Members of House Business and Labor Committee listen to debate on HB350
Brian Grimmett

A couple of alcohol related bills managed to make their way through House committees Wednesday including one that would eliminate Utah’s so-called “Zion Curtain.”

HB228 eliminates provisions in Utah law that requires restaurants to keep open liquor bottles and the actual mixing of drinks out of public sight. Republican Rep. Gage Froerer voted in favor of the bill. He says the current law is an unnecessary obstacle.

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Politics
6:01 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Utah House Considers 3 Gun Bills

Utah House of Representatives
Brian Grimmett

The Utah House of Representatives considered three gun bills Tuesday afternoon and managed a vote on only one of them.

Of the three gun-related bills that the Utah House had a chance to debate, only Republican Rep. Dixon Pitcher’s HB121 received a vote. It would allow an individual to turn over a gun in his or her household to the police for up to 60 days if they feel it presents a danger to themselves or others in the house. Rep. Pitcher says he believes this law will help save lives without causing too much inconvenience.

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Politics
3:42 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Utah Budget Projections Lower than Previously Expected

www.senatesite.com

Utah’s latest revenue projections released today at the state legislature are slightly lower than previously expected.

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-KUER News Pod
10:53 am
Mon February 25, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday February 25, 2013

Utahns on both side of the argument weigh in on gay marriage, the Utah legislature prepares to hear this year’s revenue projections, and the mayor of a small Utah town resigns.

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-KUER News Pod
3:56 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday February 22, 2013

Utah Governor Gary Herbert addresses Medicaid expansion, guns, and the sequester at his monthly news conference, the Legislature debates a suicide prevention bill, and former Governor Jon Huntsman says he supports gay marriage.

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