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
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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Politics
3:45 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

House Committee Investigating John Swallow Asks For Your Help

Special Counsel Steve Reich of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld addresses the House Special Investigative Committee of John Swallow
Brian Grimmett

The special counsel and investigator for the House Special Investigative Committee of Utah Attorney General John Swallow formally introduced themselves to legislators today and outlined their plan for the investigation.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Democrat Luz Robles Sets High Fundraising Goal for 2nd Congressional District Race

Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake, announces her candidacy for Utah's 2nd Congressional District
Brian Grimmett

Democratic state Senator Luz Robles officially kicked off her campaign for Utah’s 2nd congressional district today at an event at the state capitol.

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-KUER News Pod
10:17 am
Mon September 9, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday September 9, 2013

Draper police arrest one of the victims of the shooting incident that also resulted in the death pf officer Derek Johnson, the state agency that manages school trust lands says they will move ahead with leasing land in the Book Cliffs, and the city of Alpine cleans up after heavy rains cause severe flooding.

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Politics
4:35 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Democratic State Senator Luz Robles to Challenge Rep. Chris Stewart in 2014

Utah Senate Democrats

Democratic State Senator Luz Robles says she’s planning to run against Republican incumbent Chris Stewart for Utah’s 2nd Congressional district seat in 2014.

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Politics
3:39 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

House Special Investigative Committee Dives Into Investigation of Utah AG John Swallow

Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, conducts the first meeting of the House Special Investigative Committee
Brian Grimmett

A week before their second meeting, the House Special Investigative Committee is already collecting documents and creating a list of potential witnesses as it looks into allegations against Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

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Education
10:34 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Making the Grade: Maps of the Highest and Lowest Scoring Schools in the State

The Utah State Office of Education released the letter grade evaluations of Utah Schools today. The grades are based on a combination of student growth and student performance on state testing in language arts, math, and science. The State Office of Education also graded high schools with the additional metric of graduation rates. If a school failed to test at least 95% of their students they automatically received an F grade. That's what happened for schools like Viewmont High School in the Davis School District.

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Religion
11:40 am
Mon September 2, 2013

LDS Missionary Killed In Colombia

File: Salt Lake City Temple

A missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has died in Cali, Colombia.Elder Jose Daniel Encarnacion Montero died on Saturday from what appears to be a stray bullet. He was with three other missionaries at the time of the incident.

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KUER Local News
3:01 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Governor Honors 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's "Dream" Speech

Reverend France Davis of the Calvary Baptist Church
Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert joined members of the of the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission at the state Capitol today to honor and celebrate the 50th anniversary of King’s famous “I Have a Dream Speech.”

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-KUER News Pod
2:06 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday August 27, 2013

Candidates vie to fill the open Salt Lake City Council seat left by Carlton Christensen’s retirement, a state legislator proposes to eliminate the Utah personal tax exemption in an effort to raise money for schools, and members of Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox parish pass a resolution that could result in the return of regular church services.

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Education
4:52 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Proposal to Eliminate Personal Tax Exemptions Could Net Utah Schools $400 Million

Democratic State Senator Pat Jones is working on legislation that would eliminate the Utah personal tax exemption given to those who claim someone in their home as a dependent.

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-KUER News Pod
1:57 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday August 26, 2013

The owner of the horse that collapsed in downtown Salt Lake City gives a picture of different healthy horse to the media, several Mormon authors back a gay writer in his dispute with a Utah publisher, and members of Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox parish meet to resolve a dispute over their priests’ salaries.

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Business & Labor
11:42 am
Mon August 26, 2013

BYU Study Shows That Wearing High Heels Could Save You Money When Shopping

New BYU research shows that shoppers who wear high heels think differently when they shop
BYU

The next time you go shopping for a big ticket item you might want put on your best pair of four inch heels. At least that's what BYU professors Jeffrey Larson and Darron Billeter recommend in their newly released study.

Larson and Billeter find that when a shopper, whether online or in person, has to think about balance they are more likely to weigh their options and go with a product in the middle of the price range.

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2:05 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

More Animated GIF's From The New KUHU Tower Build

Credit Lewis Downey

The new tower will be bigger, better, and stronger than the tower we previously used in the area which will ultimately lead to much better long-term reliability of our signal in Southeast Utah.

Click on the image to see the animation.

-KUER News Pod
1:51 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday August 23, 2013

The state releases new information about the federally run online health insurance marketplace, Governor Herbert says he’s in no rush to make a decision on Medicaid expansion, and overnight storms cause flooding in Alpine.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Utah GOP Chairman Deflects Attention Away from County Leader's Inflammatory Comments

Utah GOP Chairman James Evans
Brian Grimmett

Utah Republican Party chairman James Evans addressed the media today about inflammatory comments made by Salt Lake County GOP Chairman Chad Bennion. Evans’ comments come more than a week after Bennion first said that District Attorney Sim Gill might be a cop hater and then helped promote a rally aimed against him.

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Business & Labor
4:08 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

U of U Continues to Benefit Financially From PAC-12 Move

The latest findings from an ongoing study by the University of Utah’s Center for Public Policy and Administration show that the U’s move to the PAC-12 conference continues to financially benefit the state and university.

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-KUER News Pod
12:23 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday August 19, 2013

Former presidential candidate Howard Dean comes to Utah to motivate Democrats, the new Draper TRAX line opens, and wildfires continue to burn throughout the state.

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-KUER News Pod
12:14 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday August 16, 2013

Environmental Activist Erin Brokovich turns her sights towards a North Salt Lake medical waste incinerator, the city of Moab lobbies to bring in SkyWest Airlines, and members of Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox community plan a meeting to address problems that have motivated a suspension of church services.

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-KUER News Pod
1:21 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday August 15, 2013

The State responds to a challenge of Utah’s Amendment 3, the Salt Lake County Republican Party gets involved in an anti-Sim Gill Rally, and a group of economists looks at how much it will cost the state to take over federal public lands.

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Politics
5:57 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Protestors Clash at Anti-Sim Gill Rally Advertised by Salt Lake County GOP

A group of about 50 people rally against Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill
Brian Grimmett

About 50 people showed up outside the Salt Lake City and County building this afternoon in protest of District attorney Sim Gill, but the demonstrators weren’t without opposition.

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-KUER News Pod
1:03 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday August 14, 2013

Ogden School District tries to calm concerns about how they’re managing the district, robotic legs have arrived in Utah that could help paralyzed patients walk, and we share the results of the statewide primary elections.

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KUER Local News
2:32 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

World Class Beach Volleyball Coming to Salt Lake City

Crews dump more than 1,800 tons of tournament quality sand for renovation of courts at Liberty Park
Brian Grimmett

The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball tour is coming to Salt Lake City this weekend for the first time. Participants kicked off the events today by joining forces with a local asphalt and paving company to donate more than 1,800 tons of tournament quality sand to refurbish existing courts at Liberty Park.

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5:13 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Watch New KUHU Tower Rise Into the Air

Click on the image to watch our new tower in South East Utah rise from the ground.
Credit Lewis Downey

Click to enlarge the picture to the right to watch an animated gif of KUHU's new tower rise into the air.

Be sure to check out our other story that shows the pouring of the concrete foundation.

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Politics
4:12 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Salt Lake County GOP Chairman Ready for a New Salt Lake County District Attorney

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill
Salt Lake County

Last week Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill determined that two West Valley City detectives were not justified in their shooting of an unarmed woman. In response, the County’s GOP Chairman Chad Bennion offered some harsh criticism of Gill that isn’t sitting well with some.

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-KUER News Pod
12:35 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday August 12, 2013

KUER’s Whittney Evans talks to several outgoing Salt Lake City Council members about where they see the city going, Dan Bammes explores the unusually heated municipal races in the town of Mt. Pleasant, and Governor Herbert calls on the Utah National Guard to help fight several wildfires in the state.

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Politics
4:54 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

House chooses Special Counsel for Investigation of John Swallow

File: Utah Attorney General John Swallow
Brian Grimmett

The House Special Investigative Committee is naming Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as the outside counsel they’ll use in their investigation of Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

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11:45 am
Fri August 9, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday August 9, 2013

The Salt Lake County District Attorney rules the police shooting of Danielle Willard was not justified, The University of Utah partners with TruClinic to bring online healthcare to patients, and Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox churches suspend religious services.

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Public Safety
1:03 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

West Valley City Police Officers Not Justified in Shooting Death of Danielle Willard

Danielle Willard
Justice for Danielle Willard Facebook Page

After a nine month long investigation Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill announced today that the officer involved shooting of Danielle Willard was not legally justified.

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