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
11:18 am
Mon July 8, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday July 8, 2013

Salt Lake City parking meters could be offline for a couple more weeks, civilian employee furloughs begin at Hill Air Force Base, and weekend storms spark several fires.

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Public Safety
3:17 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Rock Slide Damages Road in Little Cottonwood Canyon

The road in Little Cottonwood canyon buckled after flash floods caused rock slides Friday morning.
Brian Grimmett

Little Cottonwood Canyon is open to traffic again after several rockslides blocked the roads this morning. Utah Department of Transportation work crews began clearing the slides from the roads around 3:30 a.m. The major slides occurred about halfway up the canyon and covered the roads with rocks, mud, and debris. At the worst location, runoff water also caused parts of the shoulder to break away from the road. Still, UDOT spokesperson Adan Carrillo says no significant damage was done to the road.

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Politics
1:05 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Activists Rally Against NSA's New Utah Data Center

Dane Phillips speaks against the new NSA data center in Bluffdale
Brian Grimmett

Activists from all parts of the political spectrum rallied against the new National Security Agency data center located near the Point of the Mountain today in an effort to “Restore the Fourth,” a reference to the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

“What does the NSA system give us, does it give us safety?" asked Dan Garfield of the group Restore the Fourth.

"No!" came the response from the gathered crowd.

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Politics
3:46 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Utah House Approves Creation of Committee to Investigate John Swallow

View of the House voting board after passage of HR 9001 that creates a committee to investigate John Swallow
Brian Grimmett

The Utah House of Representatives voted to form a committee to investigate Utah Attorney General John Swallow today.

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Politics
1:33 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

How to Impeach a Utah State Officer in 5 Easy Steps

File: Utah Attorney General John Swallow
Credit Brian Grimmett

The Utah House of Representatives will begin an investigation into Attorney General John Swallow on July 3rd. While it IS NOT the beginning of impeachment proceedings, the results of the investigation could push them in that direction. But what does it mean to impeach someone, and how do you do it? Well, here’s a step-by-step guide. “How To Impeach a State Officer”

Step 1: Convene the House

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-KUER News Pod
12:07 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday July 2, 2013

Environmental advocates want to shut down a North Salt Lake medical waste incinerator, we answer the question: why doesn’t summer ozone just blow away, and the Western Governor’s Association wants to move forward with expanding nuclear power.

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-KUER News Pod
10:56 am
Mon July 1, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday July 1, 2013

High temperatures continue to break records throughout the state, the Utah House prepares to create a special committee to investigate Attorney General John Swallow, and the Western Governor’s Association meets in Park City to discuss energy and public lands.

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-KUER News Pod
12:40 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday June 28, 2013

Utah’s Senators disagree on the passage of comprehensive immigration reform, the head of the Human Rights Campaign says Utah will allow same-sex marriage within five years, and Emery County could be getting a new oil refinery.

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Business & Labor
4:05 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Utah Exceeding Expectations in 100K Jobs in 1,000 Days Goal

Governor Gary Herbert
Brian Grimmett

Utah Governor Gary Herbert says his office is exceeding expectations at the half-way point of a goal to create 100 thousand jobs in one thousand days.

Speaking at a high tech manufacturing plant that chose to expand in Utah last year, Governor Herbert announced that the private sector has created 63,600 jobs since he announced the goal during his 2012 state of the state speech. Herbert says when companies choose to expand in Utah it often creates a ripple effect that leads to even more job creation.

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-KUER News Pod
11:29 am
Thu June 27, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday June 27, 2013

Local religious leaders and marriage equality advocates react to the Supreme Court’s rulings on gay marriage. We find out what the rulings mean for Utah, and the state education task force wonders if they should be pushing kids toward certain careers.

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-KUER News Pod
2:28 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday June 26, 2013

Utah’s Senators disagree on immigration reform, Utah Charter schools are lagging behind the rest of the country, and Rocky Mountain Power says they aren’t as dirty as you think.

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-KUER News Pod
2:45 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday June 25, 2013

A conservative think tank calls for changes to the state school board selection process, Governor Herbert is supporting new federal emissions standards, and LDS Missionaries will now be tweeting, instead of “tracting.”

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Education
4:51 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

U of U Names New Dean of Marriott Library

The University of Utah has named a new dean and director of the J. Willard Marriott Library. Alberta Comer will replace Joyce Ogburn as dean and University Librarian.

It’s quite a job overseeing the Marriott Library. It’s the largest state-funded academic library in the Intermountain West and it holds more than three million books and thousands of digital books, articles, photographs and recordings. Michael Hardman is the Interim Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of Utah. He says that Comer is already skilled and experienced in leading libraries.

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-KUER News Pod
1:28 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday June 24, 2013

Utah Democrats vote to keep caucus/convention system, Utah child well-being continues its slide downward, and embattled Attorney General John Swallow tells a group of Republicans he’s “having the time of his life.”

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Business & Labor
3:20 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Utah Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.6%

Utah employment numbers rose by more than 32,000 in the May Jobs report released today by the Utah Division of Workforce Services.

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-KUER News Pod
12:51 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday June 21, 2013

Governor Herbert address public lands, air quality and John Swallow at his monthly news conference, the state is seeking nominations for a recently vacated State School Board seat, and you could be getting a rebate check from your health insurance company.

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-KUER News Pod
12:52 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday June 20, 2013

The Utah House decides to create a committee to investigate John Swallow, the Salt Lake City Mayor vetoes a tax increase, and the city of Lehi is running out of water.

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Politics
6:36 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Utah House to Investigate John Swallow

Utah Attorney General John Swallow
Brian Grimmett

The Utah House Republican Caucus voted today to convene the entire body and create an investigative committee to look into the allegations surrounding Utah Attorney General John Swallow. They decided not to start impeachment proceedings at this time.

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-KUER News Pod
12:23 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday June 18, 2013

A new poll shows that the majority of Utah voters want John Swallow out of office, a man shot while at church is expected to recover, and a program for treating children with Autism in Utah is accepting 35 new applicants.

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Politics
5:59 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

BYU Poll Shows 72% of Utah Voters Want Swallow Impeached

John Swallow is sworn in as Utah's new Attorney General
The Salt Lake Tribune (pool photo)

A new poll released by the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University shows that the majority of Utah voters think that Attorney General John Swallow should resign.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:52 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Wildfires Continue to Burn in Eastern Utah

File: Quail Fire burns near Alpine, UT during the Summer 0f 2012
Image by arbyreed / Creative Commons via flickr

Firefighters are still trying to contain three fires started in south eastern Utah last week. The Rock Creek Fire near Price, the Lackey Fan Fire near La Sal and the Dark Canyon Fire west of Monticello all began when a storm rolled through southeast Utah late last week.The Lackey Fan Fire is the biggest of the three having already burned about 900 acres with a crew of over 300 firefighters battling the blaze. The fire is currently burning in the opposite direction of La Sal and crews aren’t planning evacuations at this time. Jason Johnson is the information officer for the Rock Creek Fire.

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-KUER News Pod
1:14 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday June 17, 2013

The Great Salt Lake Council threatens a local scout leader with expulsion over marching in the Utah Pride Parade, Utah House Democrats want to be included in any impeachment decision, and a man is shot while attending a service at an Ogden Catholic Church.

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-KUER News Pod
11:59 am
Fri June 14, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday June 14, 2013

Granite and Park City school districts expand their pre-k programs thanks to Goldman Sachs, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that a Utah company can’t patent genes, and Dan Nailen gives us a look ahead to Wing Fest.

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-KUER News Pod
11:23 am
Tue June 11, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday June 11, 2013

Democrats in the legislature call for an investigation into Attorney General John Swallow, three candidates file to challenge Cottonwood Heights first and only mayor, and Utah’s fire season is shaping up to be another difficult one.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

House and Senate Dems Call For Investigation of John Swallow

Utah Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis calls for an investigation in to Attorney General John Sallow
Brian Grimmett

Utah Senate Democrats are calling on House and Senate leadership to authorize a committee to investigate the allegations brought against Attorney General John Swallow.

Senate Minority leader Gene Davis says the call for an investigation isn’t about impeachment. That’s a process left for the Utah House to begin. But he does say it’s in the interest of open government and the integrity of our elected officials to find the truth.

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-KUER News Pod
12:33 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday June 10, 2013

The effort to pump water from Utah to Las Vegas heads to court, the University of Utah names a new dean of graduate studies, and the number of Mormon missionaries reaches an all-time high.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:45 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Utah Wildlife Managers Support Proposal to Remove Gray Wolf from Endangered Species List

Gray Wolf
Gary Kramer/USFWS

After several decades of recovery efforts the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list.

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-KUER News Pod
12:00 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday Juney 7 , 2013

Utah officials look to Arkansas for ideas on Medicaid expansion, a state lawmaker’s bill could take children away from murder suspects, and the Utah House of Representatives prepares themselves for the possibility of impeachment proceedings against Attorney General John Swallow.

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Politics
4:10 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Utah House of Reps Prepares For Possibility of Impeachment Proceedings

File: Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

In response to questions from state lawmakers about the allegations surrounding Utah Attorney General John Swallow, the Utah House Majority leadership is sending out weekly informational emails to legislators while the body considers options for dealing with the embattled public official.

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-KUER News Pod
1:34 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday June 6, 2013

A group of Utah mayors call on Utah’s senators to act on immigration reform, Salt Lake City launches a new bike route, and police find the body of a missing BYU student.

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