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
3:47 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

AG Candidate Robert Smith Could Benefit From Being an Unkown

Robert Smith speaks to members of the Utah GOP State Central Committee
Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert says he plans on appointing a new Attorney General to replace John Swallow by Christmas. He will select one of three candidates chosen by the GOP State Central Committee. In the first of a series of profiles on the candidates, we take a look at the relatively unknown, Robert Smith.

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Politics
3:38 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Rep. Jim Matheson Will Not Run For Reelection

Congressman Jim Matheson, D-Utah
U.S. House of Representatives

Utah’s only Democratic state representative, Jim Matheson, has announced that he will not seek reelection in 2014. 

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Politics
7:57 pm
Sat December 14, 2013

GOP Chooses Sean Reyes, Robert Smith, and Brian Tarbet as AG Nominees

A member of the GOP State Central Committee member casts their vote for Attorney General
Brian Grimmett

Members of the Utah Republican state central committee selected Sean Reyes, Robert Smith and Brian Tarbet as their nominees for Attorney General. Governor Gary Herbert will now choose one of these candidates to replace John Swallow. He says he hopes to do it as soon as possible, and hopefully before Christmas.

“I’m going to interview them, I’m going to talk with them. It’s about restoring trust in the AG’s office and confidence for the people of Utah. And I think I’ve got three great people to choose from.”

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KUER Local News
4:39 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Salt Lake County District Attorney Files Charges Against Tim Lawson, Shurtleff's "Fixer"

Timothy Lawson booking photo
Utah County Sheriff's Office

The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office and the Davis County Attorney’s office have filed six felony charges against Timothy Lawson. Lawson is an associate of Former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow and is sometimes referred to as a “Fixer.” Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says the charges suggest Lawson engaged in consistent criminal activity.

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Business & Labor
2:33 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Boeing Chooses Utah Manufacturing Plant to Provide Composite Parts for 787 Dreamliner

Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Boeing

Boeing has selected a Salt Lake City manufacturing plant to produce the composite fiber frame for the 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

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Politics
9:32 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

GOP Candidates for Attorney General Debate, Campaign for Votes

Candidates to replace Former Attorney General John Swallow debate using UEN's video conferencing infrastructure.
Brian Grimmett

Republican Candidates vying to replace former Attorney General John Swallow, faced off in a debate on Wednesday night. They answered questions that came from across the state using the Utah Education Network’s video conferencing infrastructure.

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Local Government
5:06 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Salt Lake City, UTA Launch Sugar House Streetcar

Local leaders take the first ride on the Sugar House Streetcar
Brian Grimmett

Transit officials and local government leaders praised the hard work went into the creation of the new Sugar House streetcar at a grand opening ceremony Thursday afternoon.

After more than six years of planning and $37 million dollars in construction costs the Sugar House streetcar, or S-Line, will open to the public on Sunday. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says the streetcar ushers in an exciting time of growth and development that will benefit the community for years to come.

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Politics
2:16 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Governor's Budget Proposal Focuses On Education

Governor Gary Herbert, R-UT, unveils his FY 2015 Budget Proposal
Brian Grimmett

Utah Governor Gary Herbert released his 2015 budget proposal today at Utah Valley University in Orem and its main focus is on increased education funding.

For the 2015 fiscal year the Governor’s office of Management and Budget projects the state will receive $338 million dollars in new money. Governor Herbert’s proposal calls for more than 75% of it to go towards education.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Acting Attorney General Faces Tough Challenge Replacing John Swallow

File: Utah Attorney General John Swallow announces his resignation.
Brian Grimmett

At midnight on Monday John Swallow officially became the former Attorney General of Utah. And while there are several Republicans vying to become the appointed replacement, the Governor won’t make that decision for another few weeks. Until then, Major General Brian Tarbet will be the acting Attorney General and dealing with the transition won't be easy.

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Science & Technology
3:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Major Dinosaur Discovery in Spain has a Utah Connection

Europelta carbonensis
Lukas Panzarin

Archeologists at an open pit coal mine in Spain have discovered the most well preserved ankylosaur, ever found in Europe, but the discovery has roots right here in Utah.

Dr. James Kirkland is the state paleontologist at the Utah Geological Survey. He’s been studying dinosaurs for 40 years. Recently, he’s been working on reclassifying all of the wide, heavily armored kind of dinosaurs. So when researchers in Spain called him up to ask his help identifying newly discovered fossils, he didn’t hesitate to say yes.

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Politics
2:48 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Lt. Governor Won't File Civil Claim Against John Swallow

Lt. Governor Spencer Cox
Brian Grimmett

Lt. Governor Spencer Cox announced today that he will not pursue civil action against Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

Cox says he won’t pursue the case because Swallow has already resigned. He says because the outcome of resignation and civil action is the same, a vacated office, moving forward would only be a waste of time and taxpayer money.

“Short of spending $200,000 in a six month trial to end up exactly where we are today, I don’t know what else we could do except to forward it on to the other investigators,” he says.

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Politics
4:26 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Utah Democrats Claim Swallow Election is Null and Void

Utah Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis
Brian Grimmett

Leaders of the Utah Democratic Party are calling on Governor Gary Herbert to hold a special election to replace Attorney General John Swallow, instead of appointing the replacement himself. But, there might not be a legal path for what the Democrats want.

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Politics
3:51 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Investigations Continue Despite Swallow's Resignation

Utah Attorney General John Swallow announces his resignation at the Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

Several investigations into Utah Attorney General John Swallow will continue to move forward despite his resignation from office.

Democratic Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill and Republican Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings have been investigating Swallow since early this year. They’re trying to determine if he’s violated any state laws, specifically those against selling influence. Because of that, Gill says Swallow’s resignation will have little, if any, effect on what they’re doing.

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Politics
3:51 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Lt. Governor's Report Claims Swallow Violated Election Law

Mark Thomas, Director of Elections, answers questions about investigative report on John Swallow
Brian Grimmett

The special counsel to the state election’s office has found that there is sufficient evidence to show that Utah Attorney General John Swallow violated Utah election law.

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Politics
3:49 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Utah Attorney General John Swallow Resigns

Utah Attorney General John Swallow addresses the media at the State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

Utah Attorney General John Swallow has submitted his letter of resignation to Governor Gary Herbert and will leave his office on December 3rd.

John Swallow said he decided to resign from office because the pressure on his family from the several ongoing investigations into his conduct had just become too strong. He said he’s spent nearly $300 thousand of his own money in his defense and that he couldn’t see an end in sight.

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Health Care
3:40 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Interim Committee Approves Smoking Age Increase

Raul Lieberwith

A draft of a bill that would raise the legal smoking age from 19 to 21 received approval from the Health and Human Services Interim Committee today.

Sponsors of the bill say that raising the age limit would help prevent younger teenagers from starting smoking. The Senate sponsor, Republican Stuart Reid, says the change would also promote better public health.

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Business & Labor
4:30 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Boeing Considering Utah For Construction of 777X

Rendering of the 777X
Boeing

Utah Governor Gary Hebert says Boeing officials spoke with him yesterday to ask if the state would be interested in assembling the new 777X airplane, a proposition that could have an economic impact for the state in the billions of dollars.

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Health Care
2:01 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Governor Herbert Looks Toward Middle Ground for Medicaid Expansion

File: Governor Gary Herbert
Utah Education Network

Governor Gary Herbert has still not made a decision about expanding Medicaid benefits, but at his monthly KUED news conference today he did shed some light on the decision making process.

For the past several months Governor Herbert has insisted that all options are still on the table when it comes to the expansion of Medicaid benefits, but his most recent comments suggest that he’s looking at finding some sort of middle ground.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Swallow Denies Deleting Emails, Accuses House Committeee of Being Unprofessional

File: Utah Attorney General John Swallow
Brian Grimmett

Embattled Utah Attorney General John Swallow is denying that he ever intentionally deleted emails from his computers. He’s also accusing the special counsel for the House committee investigating him of being inflammatory and unprofessional.

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Politics
3:06 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Missing Files in AG Investigation "Very Troubling" For Committee

Special Counsel Steve Reich, center, addresses the House Special Investigative Committee of Utah AG John Swallow
Brian Grimmett

The special counsel in the investigation of Utah Attorney General told the committee today that he is deeply concerned about the extent of missing electronic documents from John Swallow.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:29 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Check Air Quality Levels in Your County with New Smartphone App from the Utah DAQ

Brian Grimmett

Utahns concerned about air quality can now get real-time updates right on their smartphone with a new app called “Utah Air.” The app is a joint project between the Utah Division of Air Quality and students at Weber State University.

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Health Care
2:00 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Non-Profits Join Forces to Advocate for Medicaid Expansion

Leaders of the Coalition for a Compassionate Utah gather outside of the Governor's Mansion
Brian Grimmett

A group of non-profit and advocacy organizations launched a new coalition today that is asking the governor to expand Medicaid benefits.

The new Coalition for a Compassionate Utah is made up of 11 non-profit and advocacy groups including Voices for Utah Children, the League of Women Voters, Equality Utah and the Alliance for a Better Utah. The Alliance’s Maryann Martindale says she believes the coalition brings a whole new set of voices to the governor’s attention that don’t typically get involved in health care advocacy.

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Politics
1:59 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Missing Documents a Concern for House Investigative Committee of Utah AG John Swallow

Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville
Brian Grimmett

The chair of the House committee investigating Utah Attorney General John Swallow says he’s concerned about possible missing documents from the Attorney General’s office.

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Public Safety
7:30 am
Thu October 31, 2013

What's Burning in the Backyard: North Salt Lake City's Options

Residents of North Salt Lake gather in the City Council chambers fora meet the candidate event.
Credit Brian Grimmett

 

North Salt Lake City residents will elect their leaders next week, and those running for office say that Stericycle’s medical waste incinerator has become a major issue in their campaigns. The company and the state Division of Air Quality are engaged in a legal battle over whether the incinerator exceeded permitted levels of pollutants in its emissions. Meanwhile, citizens are calling on city leaders to move the incinerator or shut it down. In the 2nd of our two part series we take a  look at North Salt Lake City’s options.

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Public Safety
7:32 am
Wed October 30, 2013

What's Burning in the Backyard: An Interactive Timeline

Stericycle medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake
Credit Brian Grimmett

The interactive timeline explores the events that led up to the development of the Foxboro neighborhood in North Salt Lake.

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Public Safety
7:30 am
Wed October 30, 2013

What's Burning in the Backyard: Stericycle and the Foxboro Neighborhood

Dan and Becca Hubrich's children, Olivia, Cameron, and Zach play on their trampoline as smoke rises from the Stericycle Medical Waste Incinerator in North Salt Lake.
Credit Brian Grimmett

North Salt Lake is home to one of the last medical waste incinerators in the country. Stericycle, the company that operates the incinerator, came under scrutiny this summer after state officials cited it for violating emissions standards. Residents of the Foxboro neighborhood became concerned about this plant operating next door. Many bought homes there without knowing that pollutants were being released into their neighborhood.

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Politics
3:20 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

State GOP Makes Changes to Neighborhood Caucuses

FILE: Utah GOP Chairman James Evans
Brian Grimmett

Leaders of the Count My Vote initiative say they will continue to move forward with their efforts to replace the party caucuses with direct primaries even after state GOP delegates voted over the weekend to reform the current system.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:03 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Governor Expects Federal Government Will Repay Utah for National Parks Help

Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he expects the federal government will reimburse the state for the money spent to keep its five National Parks open in the final days of the shutdown.

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Public Safety
4:05 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Utah Media Live Streams From Inside the Court Room For the First Time

Local media live streams the murder trial of Martin MacNeill
fox13now.com

The murder trial of Dr. Martin MacNeill in Provo’s 4th District Court is the first ever in the state to be broadcast and streamed live by the media. For proponents of open government, it is another milestone reached by the court’s recent rule change to allow video and audio recordings inside the courtroom.

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Science & Technology
2:52 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Comcast Launches Public Wi-Fi Network in Utah

Comcast

Comcast is launching a new public wireless internet network that will allow its customers to connect to more than one thousand Wi-Fi hot spots across the state for free. Non-Comcast customers will be able to use the service for a small fee. At launch the spots are located at places like restaurants and parks where people like to gather. Comcast spokesman Ray Child says as time goes on the number of hotspots will only grow.

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