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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Health Care
2:24 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

How Many Injuries Take Place in Your Neighborhood? UDOH Report Has the Answers

Utah Department of Health

The Utah Department of Health released their second ever Violence and Injury Small Area report today. The report summarizes data on 17 different kinds of injuries and injury related topics, like the number of emergency room visits by children or hospitalizations because of poisoning. It then takes that information and breaks it down into 62 small geographic areas.

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Entertainment
3:18 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

U.S. Women's Ski Jumping Names First Olympic Team

Jessica Jerome, Sarah Hendrickson, and Lindsey Van will be the first three U.S. women to compete at the Olympics in ski jumping.
Brian Grimmett

The U.S. Women’s Ski Jumping team announced the three nominees that will participate at this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Officials made the announcement at the team’s training facility in Park City.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:10 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Utah DEQ Releases 2013 Annual Report

Erik Crossman - University of Utah

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality released its 2013 annual report today. The report highlights some of the DEQ’s main accomplishments and success stories from the past year.  DEQ Communication Director Donna Spangler says one of the most important was finalizing the state’s air quality plan.

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Public Safety
2:26 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

PRADA Takes Public Comment On Study to Move State Prison

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

The consultant hired by the Prison Relocation and Development Authority, or PRADA, held an informal meeting at the State Capitol Thursday.  At the event, people had a chance to voice their opinions on their master plan for moving the State prison in Draper.

Deborah Reithmuller is the founder of the Utah Prison Support Group. She was one of the few people that showed up to weigh in on why she thinks the State prison should not be moved.

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Politics
2:26 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Sutherland Institute, Count My Vote Debate Merits of Direct Primary Elections

Utah GOP Chairman James Evans, LaVarr Webb, Kirk Jowers, and Paul Mero participate in a panel on the County My Vote initiative.
Brian Grimmett

Leaders of the Count My Vote initiative joined members of the opposition to discuss their ballot measure Wednesday during a panel at the Sutherland Institute Legislative Policy Conference.

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LGBT Rights
3:59 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Urge Govenor to Recognize Their Marriages

A group of same-sex couples that were married in Utah rally at the State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

Hundreds of same-sex marriage supporters gathered at the State Capitol this afternoon to urge the governor to stop fighting the case against Utah’s Amendment 3. 

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LGBT Rights
2:59 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Governor Directs State Agencies to Not Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

File: Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert’s office is directing state agencies to no longer recognize same-sex marriages. Herbert’s Chief of Staff Derek Miller sent out the directive in an email to members of the cabinet. He says based on the stay issued by the U.S.

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KUER Local News
3:04 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

U of U Introduces New Offensive Coordinator

Newly hired offensive coordinator Dave Christensen
Brian Grimmett

The University of Utah football team introduced new offensive coordinator Dave Christensen today. Christensen comes to the University of Utah after spending the past five years as the head coach at the University of Wyoming.  Before that, Christensen spent eight years as the offensive coordinator for Missouri. He says he plans on using an offensive system that runs as many plays as possible.

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LGBT Rights
1:58 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriage in Utah

The U.S. Supreme Court granted Utah’s request to stay a federal judge’s ruling that overturned the state’s law banning same-sex marriage.  The stay effectively stops county clerks from issuing any more marriage licenses to gay couples for now.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:03 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

West Nile Virus Found in Dead Bald Eagles

Bald eagle in Utah
Phil Douglass, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has confirmed that the deaths of several bald eagles in the state were caused by West Nile Virus. 

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Politics
4:13 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Sean Reyes Sworn In As New Attorney General

Sean Reyes repeates the Oath of Office
Brian Grimmett

Sean Reyes was officially sworn in as the new Attorney General of Utah today in a ceremony at the State Capitol.

In a crowded Capitol Rotunda Sean Reyes took the oath of office to become Utah’s next Attorney General. The ceremony comes less than a year after former Attorney General John Swallow took the same oath, only later to resign in the midst of several investigations into his conduct. Reyes says his first job is to restore the public’s trust in his office.

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KUER Local News
1:06 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Rescue Mission of Salt Lake Serves the Homeless a Christmas Feast

A Volunteer Santa at the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake helps hand out gifts at their annual Christmas Banquet
Brian Grimmett

The Rescue Mission of Salt Lake held it’s annual Christmas Banquet for the homeless today. Until the doors opened at 11 am, the line of people waiting to get into the Christmas banquet stretched down fourth West. When they did finally open, volunteers ushered them to their seats where they could eat a warm meal and listen to the Christmas music. Chris Croswhite is the executive director of the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake. He says for many, Christmas is an especially difficult time of year.

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Politics
2:09 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Herbert Selects Sean Reyes as Next Attorney General of Utah

Newly appointed Attorney Genereal Sean Reyes
Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert has selected Sean Reyes to be Utah’s next Attorney General. He says all three of the candidates referred to him were qualified for the job, but ultimately it was Sean Reyes’ experience in both the public and private sector that made him the one who would fit best.

“He is eminently qualified for this responsibility and this job and I think it comes at a time that is unique in our state’s history, that’s going to take a unique personality to come in and turn the office around,” Herbert says.

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Politics
7:26 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Committee Report Shows AG's Office Was For Sale Under Swallow

Diagram of how Swallow used a web of entities for donors to hide their contributions
Brian Grimmett

During day two of the House Investigative Committee’s report on former Attorney General John Swallow, investigators described a web of organizations that Swallow used to hide and obscure money received from payday lending companies. Chief investigator James Mintz said he accomplished this with the help of campaign consultant Jason Powers, who created most of the shell organizations.

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Politics
5:13 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

House Investigative Committee Reports Swallow Obstructed Investigation

Investigators show a slide of a timline of when John Swallow created invoices for work done in previous years.
Brian Grimmett

In a day long meeting, special counsel Steve Reich revealed information that former Attorney General John Swallow intentionally created and deleted data in an effort to mislead the Utah House investigation.

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Politics
3:28 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Congressman Jim Matheson Unsure of His Future

Rep. Jim Matheson, D-UT
Brian Grimmett

Democratic Representative Jim Matheson’s announcement that he will not run for reelection in 2014 came as a surprise to many and set off a stream of speculation that he has his aim set on a higher office. But, when Jim Matheson first ran for and won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives he never intended to be a lifer. He says the decision to not run for reelection was based on a personal desire to move on with his life, and not because he was afraid of losing to Republican candidate Mia Love.

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Politics
12:46 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Acting Attorney General Brian Tarbet Seeks to Make His Position More Permanent

Acting Attorney General Brian Tarbet
Brian Grimmett

Three people remain as options to replace John Swallow as Utah’s next Attorney General. Governor Gary Herbert now has the job to select one of them to fill the vacant spot.

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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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