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
12:02 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday June 5, 2013

The Salt Lake City School Board approves a tax hike, Kennecott Utah Copper announces they are done with layoffs - for now, and the Salt Lake County Council Okays a proposal for a mutual commitment registry.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Murray City Councilman Jim Brass Announces Mayoral Bid

Murray City Councilman Jim Brass declares his candidacy for mayor
Brian Grimmett

Murray City Councilman Jim Brass announced today that he’s running to replace Murray City Mayor Dan Snarr, who recently disclosed he will not be running for re-election. 

Jim Brass has been on the Murray City Council for ten years. Before that, he served on the planning and zoning commission. Democratic state Representative Carol Spackman-Moss was at Brass’ announcement. She says she’s giving her support to Brass because of his experience.

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-KUER News Pod
11:10 am
Tue June 4, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday June 4, 2013

Teen pregnancy is declining in Utah, a well known utah gun rights activist is temporarily losing his right to bear arms, and Cottonwood Heights first and only mayor is filing for re-election.

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-KUER News Pod
11:13 am
Mon June 3, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday June 3, 2013

Another state legislator calls for the resignation of Attorney General John Swallow, more members of the LDS church than ever before participate in the Utah Pride Parade, and a Utah County family lays to rest their fallen soldier.

Politics
3:23 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Governor Appoints Six Members to New Prison Relocation and Development Authority

File: Utah State Prison

Governor Gary Herbert appointed six members to the newly formed Prison Relocation and Development Authority today. The group is tasked with examining the potential of moving the state prison that is currently located in Draper.

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-KUER News Pod
11:33 am
Wed May 29, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 29, 2013

A new report shows that Salt Lake City women are regularly concerned about their safety, a West Valley City councilman joins the mayoral race, and government and environmental leaders discuss the future of the Colorado river.

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-KUER News Pod
11:05 am
Tue May 28, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday May 28, 2013

While Utahn’s celebrate Memorial Day, a group of undocumented immigrants wants to find a way to serve in the military, and a Utah state senator is planning to run a bill next year to entice a Maryland gun manufacturer to relocate.

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KUER Local News
2:43 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Sen. Hatch Honors Veterans at Memorial Day Service

Sen. Orrin Hatch
Brian Grimmett

Utahns gathered at cemeteries across the state today to visit the graves of passed love ones and honor those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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-KUER News Pod
2:52 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday May 24, 2013

A long awaited report shows that Utah could save millions of dollars by expanding Medicaid, the Boy Scouts of America vote to include gay youth, and Latter-day Saints remember the life of Frances Monson.

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-KUER News Pod
3:48 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday May 23, 2013

Immigrants in Salt Lake City urge Senator Hatch to support immigration reform, activists call for Governor Herbert to stop trying to take control of federal land, and West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder says he won’t be running for a second term.

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Science & Technology
2:38 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

New Natural History Museum Exhibit Gives a Look Into the Eye of the Storm

Lisa Thompson shows 4th graders from Rose Creek Elementary what will happen to sandy soil during an earthquake.
Brian Grimmett

The Natural History Museum of Utah is opening a new exhibit that examines how some of the Earth’s most dangerous natural disasters happen.

At one of the several hands-on learning experiences at the new Nature Unleashed exhibit, a group of 4th graders from Rose Creek Elementary School learn about what happens to buildings built on sandy soil during an earthquake. Lisa Thompson, the manager of public programs, says she hopes hands on experiences like this one help people make an emotional connection with the powerful natural events that help shape the Earth.

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-KUER News Pod
10:40 am
Wed May 22, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 22, 2013

The Salt Lake City School Board considers a tax increase, the Federal Government will now manage Utah’s high-risk health pool, and Utah’s congressional delegation feels confident about the future of Hill Air Force Base.

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Politics
9:51 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Utah Congressional Delegation Confident About Future of Hill Air Force Base

An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, marked AA-1, lands Oct. 23 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The F-35 Integrated Test Force staff concluded an air-start test. On the side of the fuselage, the flags of the countries that financed the F-35's development, in d
U.S. Air Force

Correction: In an earlier version we made the mistake of saying civilian contractors will be furloughed. That is not the case. Civilian federal employees will be furloughed.

The majority of Utah’s congressional delegation met with the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff today to discuss key issues surrounding the future of Hill Air Force Base.

Rep. Rob Bishop, R-UT, says he feels good about the long-term viability of Hill Air Force Base after meeting with U.S Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh.

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-KUER News Pod
10:55 am
Tue May 21, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday May 21, 2013

West Valley City police close their investigation into the disappearance of Susan Cox Powell, Utah’s suburban poverty rates are on the rise, and the group Mormon Building Bridges plans for a bigger presence in this year’s pride parade.

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-KUER News Pod
10:51 am
Mon May 20, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday May 20, 2013

At the annual state GOP convention, delegates vote to keep the current nominating system, the party elects a new chair, and Mia Love officially declares she’s ready for a rematch with Congressman Jim Matheson.

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-KUER News Pod
12:35 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday May 17, 2013

The wife of LDS President Thomas Monson passes away, the University of Utah receives a grant to research child asthma, and some members of the Utah Republican party propose a change to the delegate system.

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Politics
3:29 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Salt Lake County District Attorney Investigating Attorney General's Office

File: Utah Attorney General John Swallow

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has confirmed that he and Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings are looking into whether or not the Utah Attorney General’s office has violated any state laws.

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-KUER News Pod
11:27 am
Thu May 16, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday May 16, 2013

Utah lawmakers look into ways to encourage people to buy long-term care insurance, a state Senator suggests that the Attorney General become an appointed position, and the Utah Republican Party considers pushing for the elimination of the Common Core academic standards.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Utah Legislative Committee Discusses Appointing Attorney General

File: Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

The State Government Operations Interim committee discussed today the possibility of making Utah’s Attorney General an appointed position rather than an elected one.

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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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