Terry Gildea

News Director

Terry Gildea comes to KUER from San Antonio where he spent four years as a reporter and host at Texas Public Radio. While at KSTX, he created, produced and hosted the station's first local talk show, The Source. He covered San Antonio's military community for the station and for NPR's Impact of War Project. Terry's features on wounded warriors, families on the home front and veterans navigating life after war have aired on Morning Edition, Weekend Edition and All Things Considered. His half-hour radio documentary exploring the burn unit at Brooke Army Medical Center was honored by the Houston Press Club and the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters. Prior to his position in San Antonio, Terry covered Congress for two years with Capitol News Connection and Public Radio International . He holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Washington and a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Terry enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons, fixing bicycles and rooting for his hometown Seattle Mariners.

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Politics
5:34 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Hatch and Lee Vote Against Proceeding With Gun Control Bill

Office of Senator Orrin Hatch

Utah’s Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee voted no today on a motion to proceed with legislation in the U-S Senate that could alter regulations for buying and owning guns. 

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Politics
2:03 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Thomas Wright Not Seeking Re-election as Utah GOP Chairman

Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright announced today that he will not seek re-election when the state GOP meets in May. 

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Politics
5:06 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Lee Joins Senators Paul and Cruz Threatening Block of Gun Control Legislation

Sen. Mike Lee
Office of Senator Mike Lee.

Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee has joined two other lawmakers who say they will block any legislation dealing with gun control.  

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Politics
7:32 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Utah Lawmakers Consider Possible Veto Override

Credit Brian Grimmett

With Governor Gary Herbert’s veto of House Bill 76 Friday, lawmakers in the Utah House and Senate will have to decide whether or not to call a special session and attempt to override that veto.  HB 76 would allow anyone over the age of 21 who can legally possess a firearm to carry it concealed from view without a permit as long as a round of ammunition is not loaded in the chamber of the gun.

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Politics
11:03 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Three Bills Aimed at Improving Air Quality Pass Legislature

Protesters gather at the Capitol earlier this year to express concern over the state's poor air quality.
Andrea Smardon

When the 2013 Utah Legislative session ended at midnight on Thursday, lawmakers had passed three bills aimed at improving air quality, but let four other bills expire without consideration. 

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Politics
9:40 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Two Air Quality Bills Moving Through Legislature

With the last week of the Legislative session underway, lawmakers approved two bills in the Senate and House yesterday geared toward improving the region’s air quality.  

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Politics
5:26 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Second Amendment Rights Bill Passes Utah House

A bill that would make Utah gun laws superior to federal law passed the state House on Friday. Republican Representative Brian Greene of Pleasant Grove is the bill’s sponsor. He says his legislation is not just about preserving gun rights but also the rights of states to stand against the federal government.

“I submit to you that this is proper, that it is prudent, and that we should adopt this legislation so that we are in the best position possible if and when the time comes that we need to defend the jurisdiction of this state and the liberties of our citizens,” said Greene.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Election Day Voter Registration Bill Approved by House Committee

A bill that would allow citizens to register to vote in Utah on election-day was approved by a House Committee today.  HB 91 would allow voters to register at the polls on and require county clerks to count those votes.  Democrat Rebecca Chavez Houck of Salt Lake County is the sponsor of the bill.  She hopes the legislation would increase voter turnout.

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Politics
5:28 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Utah House Approves Tax Incentives for Clean Fuel Vehicles

The Utah House passed a bill today that would provide tax credits to those who purchase clean fuel vehicles over the next five years. 

Republican Representative Jack Draxler’s bill, HB 96, would change the current tax incentive program by eliminating credits for gasoline and propane vehicles.  The Logan lawmaker hopes his legislation would motivate people to buy cars and trucks that produce minimal or zero emissions.

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Hinckley Forums
10:51 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Hinckley Fourms: The High Costs of the High Cost of Healthcare

 

February 27, 2013

The High Costs of the High Cost of Healthcare: Cost to Health, Education, the Economy, and National Security

Robert Huefner:  Professor Emeritus, Political Science Department, U of U

 

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Hinckley Forums
10:45 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Hinckley Forums: Egypt Today, Tragedy or Opportunity?

February 20, 2013

Egypt Today: Tragedy or Opportunity? Islam, Democracy and the Crisis of Good Governance

James Mayfield: Co-founder, CHOICE Humanitarian, author, Professor Emeritus, Public Administration & Middle East Studies, U of U; Consultant, Government in 15 Countries

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Hinckley Forums
10:37 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Hinckley Forums: The Impact of the Federal Government on Local Government

February 20, 2013

The Impact of the Federal Government on Local Government

Peter Corroon: Salt Lake County Mayor 2005-2013

Presented by the Representative Rob Bishop Civic Engagement Fund

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Politics
4:43 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Utah Democrats Push for Medicaid Expansion

State Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck talks about her bill that would begin the process of expanding Medicaid in Utah. She and other members of the Democratic caucus are calling on Governor Gary Herbert to expand the program.
Credit Terry Gildea

Utah Democrats in the state legislature called on Governor Gary Herbert today to move forward with increasing Medicaid coverage. States have the option to expand their programs under the Affordable Care Act.  

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Environment & Public Lands
10:59 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Clearing the Air: What the Legislature Proposes

Democratic Representatives Brian King, Joel Briscoe and Patrice Arent attend a clean air rally at the Capitol. Both Briscoe and Arent are among the sponsors of a series of bills Democrats hope would provide some future relief from inversion air.
Credit Andrea Smardon

As Utahns persist through one of the worst winter inversion seasons in a decade, many have focused their frustration and anger over dirty air on elected officials in the Utah legislature.  In part two of our series Clearing the Air, KUER News explores the  short and long term solutions lawmakers are proposing.

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Hinckley Forums
2:29 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Hinckley Forums: The Importance of Boards and Commissions in State and Local Government

February 6, 2013

The Importance of Boards and Commissions in State and Local Government

Sidney Fonnesbecks - Former Government Consultant; Salt Lake City Councilwoman (1980-1992)

Sheryl Ivey - Salt Lake County Director of Volunteer Services

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Hinckley Forums
2:04 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Hinckley Forums: Engaging Youth in Civic Participation

January 28, 2013

Engaging Youth in Civic Participation: Musical Models and International Perspectives

With International Visitors from Cameroon, Egypt, India, Mexico, Morocco and Oman

In cooperation with the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy under the auspices of the Department of State'sInternational Visitor Leadership Program

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Environment & Public Lands
5:58 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Utah Democrats Push for Protection of Greater Canyonlands

Democratic State Senator Jim Dabakis introduces his joint resolution calling for protection of Utah's greater canyonlands.
Credit Brian Grimmett

Democratic State Lawmakers are calling the federal government to protect and preserve Utah’s greater canyonlands.  

On the steps of the state Capitol Tuesday, State Senator and Utah Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis sought to preserve one the state’s natural treasures. He introduced Senate Joint Resolution 10 that seeks public comment on how to protect the greater canyonlands.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Utah House Passes Tax Breaks for Businesses that Hire the Homeless

Democratic Representative Brian King of Salt Lake County, crafted a bill that would give businesses tax breaks if they hire people who are homeless.
Credit Courtesy of Utah State Legislature.

Members of the Utah House passed a bill today that would give businesses a tax break if they hire people who are homeless.  

Salt Lake County Democrat Brian King crafted the bill that would give businesses a tax credit of between five hundred and two thousand dollars for hiring an individual who is homeless. King said the legislation is designed to help some live more stable lives.

"What this is doing is giving individuals and a group of individuals who are struggling to be contributing citizens an opportunity to join our ranks as contributors," said King.

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Politics
9:21 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Governor Herbert Declares "The State of Utah is Strong"

Governor Gary Herbert delivers his State of the State address to lawmakers in the Utah House Chamber at the Capitol
Credit Courtesy of Governor Herbert's Office.

Governor Gary R. Herbert delivered his State of the State address last night at the Capitol.  He showcased Utah’s strong economic growth and pledged to increase support for education. 

Governor Herbert focused on education during the first part of his speech calling for sixty-six percent of Utahns to have completed some form of higher education by 2020.  He pledged to invest up to 40 million dollars in the science, technology, engineering and math education or STEM program and Herbert promised to improve public education.

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Politics
4:26 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Utah Democrats Call for Increased Education Funding

Josie Valdez, the Vice-Chair of the Utah Democratic Party, calls on lawmakers that the Capitol to increase education funding.
Credit Terry Gildea

On the second day of the 2013 Legislative Session, Utah Democrats called for a dramatic increase in state education funding, but where that money would come from remains uncertain.  

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Politics
12:04 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Hinckley Forums: A View from the Edge of the Fiscal Cliff

January 18, 2013

A View from the Edge of the Fiscal Cliff—What Happened and What’s Next?

Elizabeth M. Gore, former Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND)

Alexander R. Dahl, former Deputy Staff Director and Senior Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee and Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia

Jacob A. Johnson, former Legislative Assistant for Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT)

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Hinckley Forums
11:42 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Hinckley Forums: Giving Hope

January 17, 2013

Giving Hope

Pamela Atkinson, Community Advocate

Anne Burkholder, Executive Director, Salt Lake YWCA

Vaughn Davis, Kelly Benson Apartment (Homeless Program Client)

Tamera Kolher, Director,  State Community Services Office

Matt Minkevitch, Executive Director of The Road Home

Karen Hale (Moderator) Communications Director, Salt lake City Corporation

Co-sponsored by the Bennion Center

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Hinckley Forums
11:17 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Hinckley Forums: From the Legislators’ Perspective

January 17, 2013  

From the Legislators’ Perspective: Upcoming Issues and Advice for Advocates

Featuring:  Speaker Rebecca D. Lockhart  (R)

Senator Wayne L. Niederhauser (R)

Senator Luz Robles (D)

Representative Jennifer M. Seelig (D)

Spencer Nitz (moderator)

ASUU Government Relations Board

Presented by: Representative Rob Bishop Civic Engagement Fund

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Politics
10:52 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Hinckley Forums: The U.S. Foreign Service

January 16, 2013

The U.S. Foreign Service: Behind the Scenes of  American Diplomacy

Featuring: Nicholas Kralev, author, journalist and lecturer; former Financial Times and Washington Times correspondent.

Click here for more information about the Hinckley Institute of Politics Forums at the University of Utah.

Past Hinckley forums can be found here.

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Politics
4:04 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Hinckley Forums: Fighting Hunger Worldwide

Wednesday January 16, 2013

  

Fighting Hunger Worldwide: The World Food Programme’s Global and Regional Reach

Featuring: Dr. Carlos Guevara Mann, Programme Officer, Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean United Nations World Food Programme.

Click here for more information about the Hinckley Institute of Politics Forums at the University of Utah.

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Business & Labor
1:56 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Sundance Subsidy Stirs Conservative Pushback

Robert Redford's annual Sundance Film Festival draws thousands of filmgoers and millions of dollars to snowy Park City, Utah. But a state subsidy contributing to the event is drawing controversy from some conservatives, who say films screened at the festival don't reflect the values of the state.
Jemal Countess Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 6:48 pm

A disagreement between supporters of the Sundance Film Festival and a conservative think tank in Utah is raising questions about whether tax dollars should support the arts. The Sutherland Institute says some films screened at Sundance do not reflect Utah values.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

New Salt Lake County Mayor Reorganizes Public Works Department

Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall and Salt Lake County Mayor-Elect Ben McAdams discuss plans to reorganize the Department of Public Works.
Terry Gildea

Salt Lake County Mayor-Elect Ben McAdams is already implementing changes to the government structure. Thursday he announced he will reorganize the Department of Public Works and appoint two people to oversee it. It’s now called the Department of Public Works and Regional Development. McAdams has named Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall as the department’s director and Patrick Leary will fill a new position to called Township Executive. McAdams says the two men will help meet the diverse needs of county residents.

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Politics
2:51 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Chaffetz Voices Concern Over the Mentally Ill and Access to Firearms

Jason Chaffetz represents Utah's 3rd Congressional District
Credit Courtesy of Congressman Jason Chaffetz

Utah Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz is voicing his concern over connections between gun violence and those suffering from mental illness.  Chaffetz is one of the only Republican lawmakers in the U-S House to participate in a public discussion about reducing gun violence since the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last week.  He says he’s most concerned about weapons being available to those with mental health issues.

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KUER Local News
4:47 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Salt Lake Woman Organizes Fundraising Effort for Victims of Newtown Shooting

As people around the country come to terms with the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, a Salt Lake City woman is organizing a fund raising effort to help the victims’ families.   Jane Hoffman is a mother of two children and a former teacher. She has set up a website to raise money so that the families will not have to pay for funeral services themselves.

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Science & Technology
9:26 am
Wed December 5, 2012

U of U Astronomers Launch The Andromeda Project

The Andromeda Galaxy.
Credit Robert Gendler: www.robgendlerastropics.com

Astronomers at the University of Utah are looking for volunteers of all kinds to participate in the Andromeda Project. 

University professors need help examining thousands of images of the Andromeda Galaxy generated by the Hubble Space Telescope.  Anil Seth is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy. He hopes hundreds of volunteers will help his team identify star clusters in the photos.

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