Lee Hale

Reporter

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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A new program at the University of Utah aims to help African American doctoral students complete their programs and prepare for work after graduation.

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New teachers in Salt Lake County’s Jordan School District may be looking at a big jump in salary next year. But that’s not the case for some of their more seasoned colleagues.

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Only one woman spoke at last weekend’s General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has sparked a lively discussion online.

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Thomas S. Monson, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been released from the hospital after being admitted Monday. 

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The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thomas S. Monson, remains in the hospital since being admitted Monday evening.

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Thomas S. Monson, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was hospitalized Monday evening. 

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held its bi-annual General Conference over the weekend which included messages against bigotry and the announcement of 5 new temples.

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The Logan City School Board in Cache Valley voted this week in favor of later start times for all of their schools.

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Governor Herbert did the last of his yearly bill signing Wednesday morning at Oquirrh Hills Middle School in Riverton. An auditorium of students watched as he signed three education bills into law.

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Adventure photographers are known for posting pictures of serene outdoor scenes and perfect camping trips. But one traveling couple who recently passed through Utah have a slightly different approach.

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Kurt Cochran of West Bountiful was one of 4 victims who died in last week’s terrorist attack in London. A self-employed studio producer, Cochran was honored Sunday night with a musical tribute in his home community.

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Kurt and Melissa Cochran from West Bountiful were among those caught in the London terrorist attack Wednesday. Kurt was killed while his wife Melissa survived with serious injuries.

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A photo exhibit called “The Struggle is Real” will go on the display Thursday evening at Ember in downtown Salt Lake City. It showcases the faces and stories of refugees.

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 A group from the Disabled Rights Action Committee (DRAC) gathered outside the Federal Building in Downtown Salt Lake City Tuesday Afternoon. They were protesting the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act saying that Republicans in congress have overlooked the needs of Americans with disabilities.

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Recent data released by the Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah shows that nearly half of new teachers in the state leave the profession within the first five years. That puts Utah’s overall turnover rate above the national average.

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Last month the non-profit think tank Envision Utah launched a video campaign aimed to teach Utahns about statewide education issues.

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For their senior project, five public relations students at Brigham Young University have developed a campaign to get their peers talking about mental health.

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Salt Lake City’s East High School has found a way to make school more comfortable for their homeless students. What used to be a locker room for visiting sports teams is now a laundry room with a shower, lockers, sink and mirror.

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On the final day of this year’s legislative session a letter was read in both the House and Senate thanking lawmakers for their efforts to fund education.

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The state legislature has voted to reward some teachers at high-poverty schools with $5,000 salary bonuses.

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Oscar Solis was installed as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City Tuesday afternoon at the Cathedral of the Madeleine.

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Currently, Utah schools receive letter grades based on student standardized test performance. But SB220 would adjust how those grades are given.

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Over the past few years the Utah Children’s Theater in South Salt Lake has seen a dramatic decrease in elementary school classes signing up for field trips. And then they decided to embrace common core.

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Utah legislators have approved a resolution that could increase teachers’ salaries, but it’s contingent on the state taking control of half of its federal lands. 

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Utah’s House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill that would increase the number of elementary school counselors in the state.

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In the age of common core standards it's getting harder for educators to justify teaching art for art’s sake. Especially at Title 1 schools that enroll a high number of children from low-income households. But at Escalante Elementary in Salt Lake City’s Rose Park neighborhood, one teacher is trying to make it work.

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A bill that would require Utah doctors to inform patients about abortion reversal procedures has passed in the state House of Representatives.

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A bill that ensures math and science teachers get extra pay passed out of a State Senate Committee Wednesday Night.

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Engineers at Brigham Young University in Provo have created a foldable, bulletproof shield designed to protect law enforcement.

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This week, the wrestling team from Central Davis Junior High in Layton attended its opening meet of the season. And, as a first for Davis School District, two of the athletes that competed are female.

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