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
3:51 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

Clause in the Hubrich's closing documents in regards to Stericycle.
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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Health Care
3:53 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Governor Could Make Medicaid Expansion Decision By End of the Year

Governor Gary Herbert, R-UT, Volunteers at the Utah Food Bank
Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert says he’s getting closer to making a decision about Medicaid expansion in Utah, and that it could come by the end of the year.

Herbert says as he learns more about the impacts of expanding Medicaid benefits, it is becoming clearer what his decision will be. But, he wouldn’t yet rule out any of the options, or variations of options, that he’s been presented with.

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Politics
3:25 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Governor Announces Lt. Governor Nominee

Rep. Spencer Cox, R-Fairview, accepts the nomination to be Lt. Governor
Brian Grimmett

Utah Governor Gary Herbert introduced Representative Spencer Cox as his nominee to replace Lt. Governor Greg Bell today at the State Capitol. Cox is a lawyer and currently a member of the Utah House of Representatives. He has also served as the mayor of Fairview and is the CEO of a rural telecommunications company. Cox says he is humbled by the opportunity to serve and hopes to live up as best as he can to the legacy of Greg Bell.

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Business & Labor
3:19 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Policy Change Allows Businesses to Sell EV Charging Services

Oregon Department of Transportation

The Public Service Commission of Utah is changing a rule that will make it easier for businesses to install charging stations for electric vehicles.

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-KUER News Pod
12:09 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday October 4, 2013

Federal workers protest the government shutdown outside the Ogden federal building, Governor Herbert calls President Obama a poor leader, and the Utah Department of Workforce Services releases a new report on intergenerational poverty.

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-KUER News Pod
11:43 am
Thu October 3, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday October 3, 2013

Utahns deal with the effects of the federal government shutdown, a couple of state legislators propose raising the legal smoking age to 21, and Mitt Romney speaks at the University of Utah.

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Health Care
3:49 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Federal Shutdown Causes Many Utah WIC Clinics to Close

Salt Lake County Health Department Rose Park WIC Clinic
Brian Grimmett

The federally funded Women, Infants, and Children program, or WIC, is among the long list of services and benefits that are no longer available because of the government shut down. But what does that mean for Utahns?

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-KUER News Pod
10:35 am
Tue October 1, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday October 1, 2013

The Utah Board of Education releases their other comprehensive grading results, Stericycle denies it violated emission limits, and Utah’s five national parks are closed for business.

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Hinckley Forums
3:49 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Hinckley Forums: Women in Utah Politics Panel

Thursday September 19, 2013

Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D)

Sen. Luz Robles (D)

Rep. Ronda Menlove (R)

Sen. Deidre Henderson (R)

Anne Burkholder (Moderator) Executive Director of Salt Lake YWCA

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-KUER News Pod
11:19 am
Tue September 17, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday September 17, 2013

Lt. Governor Greg Bell resigns, UTOPIA cuts their prices on 1 gigabit internet, and the Capitol Theater moves forward with extensive renovations.

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-KUER News Pod
11:05 am
Mon September 16, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday September 16, 2013

State health care leaders explore the viability of charity care, some Salt Lake City residents are concerned that city is wasting money on a public opinion ballot, and environmental activists plan to protest oil leases in the San Rafael Swell.

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-KUER News Pod
12:20 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday September 13, 2013

The U.S. Department of Justice closes their investigation into Utah Attorney General John Swallow, Utah’s Congressional delegation tries to figure out what to do about immigration reform, and the West Valley City Police Department fires one of the detectives involved in the shooting death of Danielle Willard.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

DOJ Closes Case Against AG John Swallow, Won't File Charges

File: Utah Attorney General John Swallow
Brian Grimmett

The investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into Utah Attorney General John Swallow has apparently come to a close without any charges being filed.

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-KUER News Pod
1:28 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday September 12, 2013

A controversial medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake could be considering a move, the Utah State Air Quality Board finally has a plan to meet federal air quality regulations, and the House committee investigating Attorney General John Swallow asks for the public’s help.

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