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
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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KUER Local News
3:02 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

UTA, UDOT, and Salt Lake City Kick Off the Year of the Bike

Brian Grimmett

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and a number of other regional and state leaders joined together to announce several new projects and events that will make riding a bike throughout the county easier and safer. Becker says they’ve received more positive feedback from their bike initiatives over the past few years than anything else and that this year it will only get better.

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Politics
9:48 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Web Special: Everything You Need to Know About Utah Gun Laws

File: Colt 1911
Stephen Z CC

As the Utah Legislature considers several bills aimed at changing gun laws we decided to take a look at what the laws in Utah actually say right now and, as equally important, what they don’t.

Who Can Own a Gun?

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-KUER News Pod
11:57 am
Thu February 21, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday February 21, 2013

In part two of our series on clearing the air KUER’s Terry Gildea takes a look at what state lawmakers are doing, the legislature gets its first look at several gun bills, and Senator Orrin Hatch brings gloom and doom to the House and Senate Floor.

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-KUER News Pod
4:20 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday February 20, 2013

Governor Gary Herbert weighs in on a potential statewide anti-discrimination bill, the Utah Senate gives preliminary approval to a bill that would require the state to collect abortion statistics, and oil and gas drilling are the cause of most of the air pollution in the Uintah basin.

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Health Care
1:08 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

UDOH Cost/Benefit Report on Medicaid Expansion Delayed

The Utah Department of Health says that the privately contracted cost/benefit analysis of the optional Medicaid expansion is still not complete. The Social Services joint appropriations committee had planned to hear the report Tuesday morning.

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-KUER News Pod
11:46 am
Fri February 15, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday February 15, 2013

Local government leaders call on the state legislature to act on cleaning up the air, nearly a dozen nonprofits working to end violence against women put on a dance show at the State Capitol, and a group of same-sex couples in Salt Lake use Valentine’s day to bring attention to marriage equality.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Salt Lake City, Ogden Mayors Propose Air Quality Measures

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell give their clean air proposals at the State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker joined Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell at the State capitol today in announcing their ideas on how government on both the local and state level can help improve air quality.

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-KUER News Pod
11:42 am
Thu February 14, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday February 14, 2013

A new report says that Utah would benefit from Medicaid expansion, protests continue over Utah’s poor air quality, and Dixie State College is on it’s way to becoming a University.

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Education
2:09 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Legislature Approves Dixie State University Name Change

File: Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

Dixie State College is now one signature away from officially becoming Dixie State University after receiving approval from the Utah state legislature.

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Politics
3:33 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

House Democrats Propose Six New Air Quality Bills

File: Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

 A group of Democratic legislators are introducing six new bills in an effort to help tackle Utah’s poor air quality.

The content of the proposed bills ranges from offering free passes for UTA Buses and TRAX trains to allowing the state to put in place stricter restrictions than the Environmental Protection Agency already requires. Representative Joel Briscoe is sponsoring the bill that would fund giving away free UTA passes. He says even with a tight budget this is something that should be attainable.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Chaffetz Warns of Imminent Cyber-Attack

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks to the Utah House of Representatives
Brian Grimmett

 Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz told members of the Utah Legislature to be prepared for an imminent cyber-attack during remarks made in both the House and Senate chambers Friday.

Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz says the future of economic development in Utah depends on the growth of high tech companies but with that comes the increased threat of cyber-attacks. He also stressed the importance of being prepared for such an attack telling legislators it’s not a matter if, but when.

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-KUER News Pod
12:03 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday February 7, 2013

Utahns crowd into Governor Herbert’s Capitol office demanding clean air, the LDS church weighs in on boy Scouts and gays, and local political and environmental leaders give their take on President Obama’s new Secretary of the Interior appointment.

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-KUER News Pod
12:25 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday February 6, 2013

Utah Governor Gary Herbert promotes Prosperity 2020 goals in Washington, D.C., Utah Democrats call for the protection of Utah’s greater canyonlands, and the Division of Air Quality is targeting the use of toxic consumer cleaning products.

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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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