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Lee Hale

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Lee Hale began listening to KUER while he was teaching English at a Middle School in West Jordan (his one hour commute made for plenty of listening time). Inspired by what he heard he applied for the Kroc Fellowship at NPR headquarters in DC and to his surprise, he got it. Since then he has reported on topics ranging from TSA PreCheck to micro apartments in overcrowded cities to the various ways zoo animals stay cool in the summer heat. But, his primary focus has always been education and he returns to Utah to cover the same schools he was teaching in not long ago. Lee is a graduate of Brigham Young University and is also fascinated with the way religion intersects with the culture and communities of the Beehive State. He hopes to tell stories that accurately reflect the beliefs that Utahns hold dear. 

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In many religious communities, viewing pornography is seen as a serious sin. It’s said to lead to addiction and can even end relationships. But according to new research some of those negative consequences might have more to do with the stigma surrounding pornography than the pornography itself.

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For over 50 years if you wanted to get a caffeinated soda on Brigham Young University campus in Provo, you were out of luck. Until now.

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Changes are coming to teacher licensure in Utah, but not until the state legislature and board of education are on the same page. On Wednesday, members of a licensure task force were at the Capitol discussing options with lawmakers.

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In the wake of the White House’s decision to rescind DACA, the Park City School district has issued a statement to reassure immigrant parents and students that their schools are safe spaces.

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This week the University of Utah is holding a few public search committee meetings to get input on who should replace David Pershing as the new university president.

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Teachers can often feel left out of important policy decisions that greatly impact their day-to-day work in the classroom. A new fellowship aims to change that.

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The head football coach at Hillcrest High School in Midvale died Sunday night from a viral infection. Cazzie Brown was 43 years old and had been with the school for a year.

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In July the University of Utah announced an agreement to accept $10 million from the Charles Koch foundation in order to fund a new economics institute within the David Eccles Business School. The decision to work with the conservative billionaire Koch family has met pushback from some university faculty.

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A student-led initiative at the University of Utah has prompted school officials to adopt a tobacco free policy on campus.

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As many students in Utah schools near the end of their first week back, district officials in Ogden are reminding drivers to honor school zones and exercise caution around students.

Utah Valley University


A Title IX sexual assault investigation has been opened at Utah Valley University. Similar investigations are ongoing at three other Utah colleges.

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LDS church officials have updated their statement on the conflict in Charlottesville. The new message addresses those in the white supremacy community who have suggested the church’s stance to be neutral toward or in support of their views.

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The announcement Tuesday of James Hamula’s excommunication from the LDS church while serving as a General Authority was particularly noteworthy because of how rarely it occurs.

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A high ranking leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been removed from his position and excommunicated from the church.

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An early morning downpour two weeks ago caused flooding and property damage around Salt Lake City and nowhere was hit harder than East High School.   

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For the eighth year in a row, Salt Lake City School District has been awarded a federal grant to increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables at Title 1 schools.

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A panel of six Muslim Women spoke to a group gathered at Salt Lake City’s downtown library Wednesday evening. The event was an effort to create an honest dialogue and dispel common misconceptions about Islam.

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The Granite District School Board has finalized a decision to raise the local property tax in order to fund a universal pay raise for teachers.

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Mormon Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland released a statement Monday withdrawing a story he shared at a recent training event for newly called church leaders.

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A new poll shows that a majority of Utahns support a ballot initiative to increase school funding in the state.

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There’s an effort in Utah among lawmakers and the state education board to make the process of getting licensed as a teacher as seamless as possible. But problems in the current system are holding up that process.

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The yearly Sunstone religious symposium began Wednesday night on The University of Utah campus. The event features hundreds of presenters who are meant to represent a wide spectrum of Mormon belief and nonbelief.

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Members of the media toured the newly expanded Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo on Wednesday. The new facility can house over 3,000 missionaries at a time.

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A new study from researchers at Brigham Young University and the University of Georgia shows that new science teachers are often expected to teach beyond their subject matter training.

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A different kind of charter school opens in Salt Lake County next month. Real Salt Lake Academy, a STEM high school which also serves as a training ground for future professional soccer players.

BYU Speeches


Speaking to a student audience last month, a professor at Brigham Young University said that Mormon faith should encourage women to seek out education rather than discourage them.

Utah Valley University


Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland is spending the summer at Oxford University in England. He was invited as a way to further his studies as a scholar of American history, but in the process he found himself accepting an invitation to address British parliament about the future of higher education.

LDS scholar Terryl Givens visited Benchmark Books in South Salt Lake Wednesday evening to discuss his newest book “Feeding the Flock”. Givens, a professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia, is in Utah this summer teaching a seminar at Brigham Young University.

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Organizers for the ballot initiative Our Schools Now held seven public information meetings across the state last night. Those who attended shared enthusiastic support along with some skepticism.

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A grant-funded research program at Westminster College is helping to prepare a diverse pool of students for graduate school by funding summer research projects.

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