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
12:50 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 15, 2013

The West Valley City mayoral race heats up, Utah’s business mergers and acquisitions reach an all time high, and the Utah House considers its options on how to deal with the allegations surrounding the Attorney General.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Utah House Not Yet Discussing Impeachment of Attorney General

File: Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

The Utah legislature is meeting this week for their monthly interim meetings but they don’t plan on discussing the fate or potential impeachment of Attorney General John Swallow.  

Speaker of the House Rebecca Lockhart says she’s concerned about the recent allegations brought against Attorney General John Swallow and that they’re looking into how the legislature might address them.

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-KUER News Pod
11:47 am
Tue May 14, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday May 14, 2013

The U.S. government tries to stop a new Utah law from going into effect, sequestration could have a large impact on wildfire season, and local fallen police officers are honored in Washington D.C.

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Public Safety
5:32 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

U.S. Attorney Sues Utah Over Restrictive Law Enforcement Bill

U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah filed a complaint against the state today and obtained a temporary restraining order to stop a law from going into effect tomorrow. They say the new law violates a clause in the U.S. Constitution.

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-KUER News Pod
11:35 am
Mon May 13, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday May 13, 2013

Utah strikes a deal to split responsibility with the federal government for its health exchange, the Unified Fire Authority puts a deputy chief on administrative leave for prescription fraud, and the Utah fire season arrives.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Lt. Governor to Seek Special Counsel in Swallow Investigation

John Swallow at Inauguration
The Salt Lake Tribune (pool photo)

Utah Lt. Governor Greg Bell will seek special counsel to investigate three of the 12 allegations brought against Attorney General John Swallow that he violated election law.

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-KUER News Pod
12:26 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday May 10, 2013

Utah considers walking away from a high risk insurance pool, the University of Utah considers stricter rules for skateboarders, and Dan Nailen shares why Salt Lake is in for night after night after night of good music.

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-KUER News Pod
11:21 am
Thu May 9, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday May 9, 2013

Family and friends honor the death of fallen soccer referee Ricardo Portillo, the Great Salt Lake Council discusses gays in the Boy Scouts, and the Salt Lake City Arts Council announces the lineup for the Twilight Concert Series.

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-KUER News Pod
12:18 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 8, 2013

The Salt Lake City Council makes a decision about the Sugar House streetcar route, Senator Orrin Hatch files 24 amendments to the comprehensive immigration bill, and a community group protests a plan to build a freeway in West Davis County.

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-KUER News Pod
10:53 am
Tue May 7, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday May 7, 2013

Federal budget cuts impact medical research at the University of Utah, Governor Herbert appoints a new UDOT director, and last year’s health record data breach will cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Business & Labor
3:19 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Governor Appoints New UDOT Director

New UDOT Director Carlos Braceras

After a nationwide search Governor Gary Herbert has appointed Carlos Braceras as the new director of the Utah Department of Transportation.

Braceras has worked for UDOT for almost 27 years and until today’s appointment had spent the past 12 as UDOT’s deputy director working directly under former director, John Njord. Braceras says as the new head of UDOT one of his main focuses will be to create better relationships with local communities.

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-KUER News Pod
12:02 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday May 6, 2013

A local youth soccer referee dies after being assaulted during a game, the Salt Lake County District Attorney drops more West Valley City Police Department drug cases, and Park City says goodbye to a beloved Rabbi.

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-KUER News Pod
11:35 am
Fri May 3, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday May 3, 2013

Governor Herbert declares May “Clean Air Month,” Utah hospitals rank high in stroke treatment, and Kennecott Utah Copper begins laying off workers.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:02 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Herbert Asks Public to Take Responsibility for Clean Air

Gov. Herbert gives three tips on how individual Utahns can help reduce air pollution
Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert demonstrated three simple things Utahns can do to help lower harmful emissions as he kicked off Clean Air Month at a house across the street from the State Capitol today.

Governor Herbert says Utahns aren’t always aware of the simple ways we can help clean up the air but gave these three tips while declaring May Clean Air Month. One could update older fuel storage containers, use paints with low amounts of volatile organic compounds, and replace gas powered yard equipment with cleaner alternatives.

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-KUER News Pod
1:30 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 1, 2013

Senator Mike Lee speaks out against the common core education standards, the opening of Willard Bay state park could be delayed even more, and animal rights activists celebrate a victory in a case dealing with Utah’s so called “ag-gag” law.

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-KUER News Pod
11:47 am
Tue April 30, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday April 30, 2013

Police officer’s shoot a man inside the West Valley City Public Safety building, Salt Lake City encourages bicycle commuting, and the search continues for a missing fisherman at the Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

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-KUER News Pod
11:03 am
Mon April 29, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday April 29, 2013

A unique medical technology company relocates to Salt Lake City, Senator Orrin Hatch says he’s ready to reform immigration, and state legislators plan to reintroduce a couple of defeated gun bills.

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-KUER News Pod
12:09 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thurday April 25, 2013

Utah releases its final plan for protecting sage grouse, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says the budget can be tightened even more, and Provo finalizes the deal to sell its fiber-optic network to Google.

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-KUER News Pod
11:53 am
Wed April 24, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday April 24, 2013

The public turns out in droves to discuss the Sugar House Streetcar, Great Salt Lake Minerals is scaling back their expansion plans, and the Medicaid Community Workgroup meets at the capitol for the first time.

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

KUER News Pod: Tuesday April 23, 2013

A proposed change to federal fuel and car standards could have a large impact in Utah, climate activist Tim DeChristopher is released from federal custody, and the Utah Department of Health is opening up enrollment to the Primary Care Network.

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-KUER News Pod
12:12 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday April 22, 2013

Runners at the Salt Lake City Marathon honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Utah Legislature will not override Governor Herbert’s veto of a controversial gun bill, and the billionaire owner of the Snowbasin ski resort dies.

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-KUER News Pod
12:41 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday April 19, 2013

The U.S. Commerce Secretary visits Utah, the Utah Department of Health extends credit monitoring services to those affected by last year’s data breach, and the University of Utah College of Nursing looks to improve care for sick and injured veterans.

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-KUER News Pod
11:31 am
Thu April 18, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday April 18, 2013

Provo makes an epic announcement, Governor Herbert says the investigation of the Attorney General is taking too long, and Salt Lake City unveils the design for the new Broadway-style theater.

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Public Safety
3:32 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Drop, Cover, and Hold On: Thousands Participate in Great Utah ShakeOut

Inside the Taylorsville City Hall during emergency response drill
Brian Grimmett

At 10:15 this morning tens of thousands of people participated in what is known as the great Utah ShakeOut: a statewide earthquake drill. Here on the University of Utah campus the drill started with a text message from the University Campus Alert system directing us to drop, cover, and hold on. Not long after that another text message alert arrived directing us to evacuate the building and head to our designated assembly point in a nearby parking lot.

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Business & Labor
2:24 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Kennecott Expects Huge Loss in Production After Slide

Kennecott Utah Copper

The early estimates of the size of the Bingham Canyon mine slide show that more than 165 million tons of rock and dirt have slid into the bottom of the mine. That makes this slide the largest to ever happen there. Kennecott Utah Copper spokesperson, Kyle Bennett, says it will have a large impact on their yearly copper production.

"The 165 million ton slide does translate, unfortunately, into a reduced production of refined and mined copper of about 50 percent,” he says.

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-KUER News Pod
10:48 am
Tue April 16, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday April 16, 2013

The Salt Lake City Police department re-evaluates security plans for the Salt Lake City Marathon, the Utah Legislature likely won’t reconvene to overturn the veto of HB76, and the Salt Lake County District attorney drops more drug cases involving the West Valley City Police Department.

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Public Safety
5:11 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

SLC Police Department Re-Evaluates Security for SLC Marathon

Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank speaks to media outside of the Public Safety Building
Brian Grimmett

In the aftermath of the explosions at the Boston Marathon today the Salt Lake City Police Department is clarifying their security plans for this weekend’s Salt Lake City Marathon.

The Salt Lake City Police Department says the Salt Lake City Marathon will proceed as planed this Saturday. Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank says they don’t anticipate a need to increase the security presence that has already been planned either.

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-KUER News Pod
11:06 am
Mon April 15, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday April 15, 2013

Work resumes at the Bingham Canyon copper mine, UTA opens its airport TRAX line, and the Utah legislature has only a few days left to overturn Governor Herbert’s veto of HB 76.

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Business & Labor
3:11 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Kennecott Reports Landslide At Bingham Canyon Mine

North wall of the Bingham Canyon Mine after the slide
Kennecott Utah Copper

Ground movement at the Bingham Canyon Mine resulted in a landslide last night. The slide occurred around 9:30 p.m. on the North side of the mine near where the visitor’s center was previously located. Kennecott Utah Copper spokesman Kyle Bennett says all employees at the mine are safe and accounted for. All work at the mine has also been suspended until geotechnical experts get a better assessment of the situation.

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-KUER News Pod
1:14 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday April 11, 2013

UTA debuts its new TRAX line to the airport, Chevron begins cleanup in Willard Bay, and a U of U researcher is getting an up close and never before seen view snowflakes.

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