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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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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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The University of Utah is partnering with middle and high schools along the Wasatch Front to monitor winter air pollution.

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Republican Congressman Rob Bishop addressed Utah lawmakers at the State Capitol Friday during his annual visit to the Legislature.

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Complaints of unnecessary physical force used against Utah students have prompted a bill to clarify what should and shouldn’t happen in a classroom. Lee Hale reports.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is expanding its online college courses to reach more students worldwide.

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A bill that would have expanded options for teaching sex education in Utah schools has voted down and will not make it to the house floor.

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In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Governor Gary Herbert shared his thoughts about President Trump’s recent pick for the Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch.

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A bill moving through Utah’s Senate may put to rest some controversy surrounding how political candidates get on the ballot. 

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As Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos moves through confirmation hearings in Congress some Utahns are speaking out in opposition.

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Over the weekend President Trump’s executive order limiting immigration prompted a statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Special education was the main topic of discussion on Utah’s Senate floor Wednesday. Three bills aimed to improve student services in the state are headed to a vote.

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Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller announced Monday that ownership of the team will now fall under a “legacy trust.” Which means the future of the team in Utah is secure.

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As Donald Trump was sworn in as president Friday morning, students at the University of Utah were gathered around a TV in the student union building. Many of them watching an inauguration for the first time.

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Elementary School administrators are keeping a close eye on Salt Lake County’s air quality this week. New and slightly stricter guidelines from the Utah Department of Health could mean a little less recess time this winter.

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“Fake news” is now a household term. Online articles, often circulated through social media, can distort or completely ignore fact-based reporting. Which is exactly what some students at Lindon Elementary are learning.

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Preschool is a time that a lot of kids discover a love for superheroes. They idolize them. But a study from Brigham Young University asks whether or not someone like Batman is a good role model.

This time last year, Stephanie Johnson was miserable.

She was in her third year teaching special education at a junior high school in Lindon, Utah, about 40 minutes south of Salt Lake City.

On the outside it looked like she was doing great. Her classes ran smoothly, students loved her, parents loved her, but like many special education teachers, inside she felt as though she was drowning.

She said she thought about leaving all the time: "I don't know how to describe it, it's just so much work. I just feel like I cannot do it."

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Two Mormon apostles will attend Trump’s presidential inauguration next week. Elders Todd Christofferson and Gary Stevenson continue a tradition that goes back more than a century.

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After more than a year and a half wait, Utah has a new Catholic Bishop. Pope Francis has named Oscar Azarcon Solis as the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City.

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Despite continued community pushback, plans are moving forward to demolish Granite High School in South Salt Lake to make way for single-family homes.

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For Utah students, winter weather always brings with it the question of a snow day. But despite the recent string of inclement weather it’s been business as usual for nearly all school districts districts.

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In anticipation of some heavy snow showers, the Utah Avalanche Center has issued a backcountry avalanche warning for the mountains of northern Utah.

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The University of Utah will showcase four new technologies at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2017 in Las Vegas, including one that could change how people wear eyeglasses.

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Legendary BYU football coach LaVell Edwards died Thursday at age 86.


Over his 29 seasons with the Cougars, Edwards led the team to a total of 257 wins, including one national championship.

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A lot of visitors are braving the elements to experience Zion in it’s snow dusted glory.


As with every winter storm, this past holiday weekend resulted in a spike of highway accidents.

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A good special education teacher is hard to find. And even harder to hang on to. Rigorous teaching schedules combined with mounds of paperwork can lead to burnout. And for one Utah teacher, it was almost too much.

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Youth suicide prevention was the topic of a roundtable discussion at East High School in Salt Lake City Friday. The clearest takeaway was the need for a more effective crisis hotline.

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Utah has the 8th highest rate of youth suicide in the country. It has been steadily rising since 2011 and mental health experts in the state say it’s a crisis that can’t be ignored.